The view from my perch on the mountain

Archive for October, 2010

A new visitor

A cold front moved in overnight, dropping our overnight temperatures to below freezing. Despite today’s sunny skies the brisk wind and low 50 degree air temperature had me wearing layers when Sam and I went outdoors today. While he snoozed in a patch of sunshine at my feet I turned my lens towards the American Goldfinches visiting Burd Town today.

IMG_1204

There seemed to be at least one on every branch.

IMG_1237

They’re not really that chubby.

IMG_1277

As a defense against the icy winds birds puff their feathers away from their skin to trap air and create a layer of insulation.

IMG_1282

As I was scanning the branches for more Goldfinches I got a surprise.

IMG_1108

Burd Town is one of my favorite shooting sites and I’ve seen many species on the feeders or perched in the tree but this is the first time I’ve seen this guy.

IMG_1116

I’m no ornithologist but after some online research and a browse through our Pederson’s Field Guide I’m pretty certain this is a Purple Finch.

IMG_1139

Now that most of the leaves are off the tree it’s much easier to spot birds in the upper branches. Most species seemed to develop much brighter plumage during the winter months and I’ll be keeping an eye out for this one.

Advertisements

More fall color

Several days of heavy rain and strong wind has knocked a lot of the leaves out of the trees, cutting the leaf peeping season short this year but there is still some color if you just look around  bit.

IMG_0801

IMG_0796

IMG_0895

 IMG_0910 

 IMG_0922 

IMG_0928

While the rains are gone the strong winds are still with us. I still have a few places in mind that are sheltered by taller ridges and should still be showing some color and I will be out to see what there is to see, and shoot, in the coming days. Best of all, my buddy Sam is on the mend and that grinning black face will soon be hanging out the window again!