Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Winterberry Bush

If I were to recommend one bush for your yard, it would probably be a Winterberry.  Not only are they pest free but all the "berry" birds just love them! A couple of weeks ago, late morning, I just happened to look outside in my backyard and was happy to see one of the bluebirds at the Winterberry bush.  It wasn't long after that when a couple of more joined it and then came the Cedar Waxwings! If you have ever witnessed hungry birds, you will understand that by the end of the day there weren't many berries left and it wasn't even Winter yet!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Snow Geese of Vermont

 For a few years now I have been trying to find the time to go see the Snow Geese up in
Vermont, so when my Sister-in-law called me and told me they were at Dead Creek WMA, I had to go.
What an amazing weekend it ended up being! Not only did we spend time watching these beauties but we also got to watch Short-eared Owls hunting after sunset nearby. 
So I have finally got around to processing my images from that weekend of Nov. 19th. Shooting almost 300 images, narrowing them down to just a few was not an easy task.   I hope you all enjoy these selected photos and I also hope you can get to see the Snow Geese yourself someday!

Every now and then you see some bickering going on.
Try and pick your favorite, I bet you can't.
Not seen in this photo but a very large tractor was working the fields right near the geese.
They say the aerial count this day was 6000!
I believe this little one in the front is a Ross's Goose
Driving Champlain Valley was absolutely breathtaking!
In a nearby pond we were surprised to see these Painted turtles.  5" of snow the following day!

Ahh...those wings have flown a very long distance!