Sunday, June 28, 2009

MA - Henslow's Sparrow - 06/28

The Henslow's Sparrow was again present and singing at Meadow Road, Montague today, much to the delight of many assembled birders. We visited the site around noon and were eventually rewarded with a prolonged view of the bird teed up nicely for several minutes. The bird was vocal throughout much of our short stay though only visible for us on this one occasion. A most exciting bird to have in the Pioneer Valley during the summer months! Let's hope it sticks around.

Earlier today, Matt Garvey captured some video footage of the Henslow's including some excellent audio of the diagnostic song, which is really worth listening to. Click here for Matt's video.

Henslow's Sparrow - Meadow Road, Montague, Franklin Co., MA. June 28th, 2009. These images were taken from the roadside through heat-haze at midday with the bird about 40 meters distant.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

MA - Henslow's Sparrow - 06/27

Henslow's Sparrow Ammodramus henslowii. Singing from a Hay Field off Meadow Road in the town of Montague, Franklin County, MA. Although somewhat distant, the bird was visible for long periods during the 75 minutes that I was present with Matan along with two visiting birders (Ida Giriunas and Molly Taylor) from the Boston area. Found and reported by Mark Fairbrother earlier in the day. I can't remember seeing a report of a singing Henlsow's Sparrow on Massbird since I've been living in Massachusetts!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

MA - Moose - 06/22

One of the joys of doing fieldwork in the Quabbin Watershed - the ever present chance of an encounter with a large mammal. Digibin shots taken from the car on the Prescott Peninsula.

CO - White-tailed Ptarmigan - May '09

Wonderfully cryptic, ridiculously approachable and absolutely enchanting! A personal highlight of the recent Birdfinders trip to Colorado & Wyoming, this fine male White-tailed Ptarmigan fed unconcerned by the tourist masses within meters of the main road through Rocky Mountain National Park. These images were taken over two days, May 24th and 25th.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

WY - Badger! - 06/03

One of the highlights of our recent Colorado and Wyoming tour, this American Badger was spotted from the tour bus by Alan Knight as we sped along at 60 mph! The area was just south of Rock Springs, Wyoming. These are digibin shots taken from the tour bus on June 3rd.