My first visit to the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge was really no more than a drive through. It was dark, cold, and gray outside, and I wasn't dressed for tick protection. Nonetheless, I managed to get a few shots of a handsome American Crow.
I love corvids of all sorts. I love Blue Jays and Crows and Ravens.
Corvids are the most intelligent birds in existence. To me, they as beautiful as they are smart.
Next time I visit the Assabet River NWR, I will be better prepared, but I did enjoy my time spent with this glorious American Crow.
Is there anything more beautiful than a tern in flight? Not to me there isn't! Here is a gorgeous Roseate Tern in flight.
I also think the more unusual a tern is, the better I like it. Very shallow, I know! This is an Arctic Tern. Arctic Terns have the distinction of the longest migration of any birds on earth!
This tern is common around here, but its certainly not a Common Tern everywhere!
Another shot of the lovely Roseate Tern in mid air.
I still have some magnificent Plymouth Becah photod to share, but this stunning set of Red-bellied Woodpecker photos make for a nice break from the shorebirds.
I don't often get a chance to photograph one this close up.
This bird and his mate have been really hungry for suet these past few days. I see them at the feeder three or four times a day. Do you think that means there are babies to feed?
While we are showing off our backyard birds, I can't resist a charming Chickadee shot!
Finally, a shot of a Mourniing Dove in the sunflower seed feeder. It used to be thta the Mourning Doves always ate on the ground, but lately I see them in one of the feeders almost every day.
The famous Tern Rock. (see pics from Bird-a-thon 2010!)
Lining up for a bite?
These two Common Terns look as though they are having a tea party!
Gull and tern in flight.
At the beginning and at the end of the day, we were serenaded by the melodious song of a sparrow.
The best surprise of the day was definately this American Oystercatcher. Pete would have loved to see this!
Not the best photo for an ID, but this Roseate Tern image was the best quality of the few I managed to take during Birdathon, The swirling fog is simply impossible to deal with.
A better ID pic of the Roseate Tern, although very fuzzy.
Brants are a type of winter geese around here. They are very cute and shy.
A beautiful Common Tern battling the breezes.
Three Laughing Gulls that look like they are singing in harmony!
A tiny little Bonaparte's Gull. Named after tiny little Napolean Bonaparte.
One of my very favorite Shorebirds: the Dunlin!
The first sighting of an Arctic Tern in 2011!
Thank you SO MUCH to Karen and Bob, Cheryl and Gene, and Linda and Rob! If you can believe it, all of Tom's sisters have made very generous donations to our Birthathon for Broadmoor team! Sincere thanks to my St. Barts buddy, Maryann, also.
Thank you for donating to Mass Audubon!
|Roseate and Common Terns|
Of course, I'm really desperate for donations now because Birdathon is only two days away. If you can spare a few dollars to save The Nature of Massachusetts, I'd be eternally grateful!