This past weekend I encountered three Wild Turkeys on the trails. They flew off so quickly I didn’t manage to get a photo.They were surprisingly quiet upon take off. Geese and ducks are the larger birds I usually encounter and they make quite the commotion upon being scared into flight.
Today being our national holiday of Thanksgiving, I thought a turkey photo would be appropriate.This past March (mating season) with a few more miles to go before reaching the conservancy, these Wild Turkey were spotted in a farm field.
Below we have a tom and two jakes displaying their tails to impress the hen(s). They were part of a much larger flock.
In closing may we all take the time to appreciate the lives we are capable of living on this Thanksgiving. For those traveling may you do so safely. For everyone may the holiday be filled with warmth and good cheer. Happy Thanksgiving.
The Black-capped Chickadee’s strength of character belies it’s small physical size.
Harsh upstate New York winters of strong winds blowing falling snow in subfreezing temperatures will not contain him. In your backyard or in the woods at times like these you are apt to hear the nearby call of, “Chick-a-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee.”
Thousands of migratory songbirds invading his homeland in the spring and summer do not intimidate the Chickadee; going about his business as usual with what appears to be a single mindedness of purpose.
It has an almost fearless and inquisitive nature which comes across as friendliness.
Not the most colorful songbird but it is one of the cutest you will see.
One of nature’s finest, the Black-capped Chickadee.
For the second year I have put together a Birds Of The Great Swamp Conservancy calendar. They will be available at The GSC nature center located at the corners of Pine Ridge Road and North Main Street, Canastota, New York for the price of 10 dollars (all profits going to the GSC).
American Robin (March)
Your purchase gets you a quality product produced by the Oneida Print Shop.
Great Blue Heron (May)
And too you’re promoting environmental education and conservation. That’s a win-win.
Tree Swallow (January)
So why not stop at the GSC, (store hours are Tuesday thru Saturday 10 until 3) and get yours? Better yet, pick one or more up as you attend one of their special events (check out their website).
Wood Duck (November)
In closing I want to comment on The Fall Migration Festival. There was so much going on, from many games for children to a nature walk in the woods, horse rides to Chicken BBQ, birds of prey exhibitors to fun basket raffles, live music wafting in the air to the great photos and insight from the GSC’s own Swamp Snappers photo club. There were crafters ( I bought some goat cheese, it was delicious) and their wares to very informative nature talks with representatives of the Beaver Lake Nature Center, and so much more.
It was a great event. The best part for me was seeing the smiles on everyones faces. It was nice to see children and parents alike, having fun together. If you are looking for something to do with your family think of attending one of the GSC’s many events. They are both informative and fun; events a family can enjoy together.
This was all made possible by many hardworking volunteers. I want to say to all the volunteers, your hard work paid off, it was evident in the smiles of the attendees.
Saturday was a beautiful sunny fall day. This Rusty Blackbird was photographed in full fall plumage. Breeding adult males are black in color females gray. I rather prefer this out of breeding season look.
Rusty Blackbird (click on photos to enlarge)
Another bird with fall plumage I prefer over It’s breeding look is the European Starling. Not a popular bird for sure and many consider it drab, however in the fall it does look quite different.
Great Blue Heron
Passing the beaver damn I flushed out a Great Blue Heron. Fortunately it flew to a nearby spot even better suited for my photography needs.
I want to thank those whose blogs I follow, you have helped me become a better photographer. Not that I am in your league, some of you are amazing!
To those who follow me thank you, I am humbled. Just trying to improve my photography and share what I love about nature and The Great Swamp Conservancy.
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The muskrats natural enemy is the mink. They are so good in water they can swim backwards and stay submerged for 15 minutes at a time.
To learn more please visit http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/muskrat.htm
images captured September 24 2016
There are two subspecies of the Yellow-rumped warbler. In the east we have the Myrtle Warbler in which the female has has a whitish throat. In the western United States the subspecies is know as the Audubon’s Warbler she has a yellow throat. To learn more of the Yellow-rumped Warbler check out Cornell Universities All About Birds website.