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September 2019

And Now for Something Completely Different

A magpie swoops a cyclist                                                                                                                                                            Photograph: Fairfax Media via Getty Images

Beware the swooping magpie. Read more here.

Alas, not a joke.

You can read Swooping Magpie safety tips here.

A Quick Visit to Hawk Mountain

I have loved Hawk Mountain for a long time and it always feels like home when I return -- even if I picked a dreary afternoon with no hawks aloft while I was there. 

Still, the views and history and the memories were terrific.

Jewelweed abounded because the deer population is kept under control and they also have deer exclosusres.


More about Martin Johnson Heade

IMG_4051 (2)On Monday, I asked readers' help in identifying the hummingbirds in Martin Johnson Heade painting at the Yale Gallery of Art.

I thought the painting was great but was disappointed that the accompanying description did not mention what species of Brazilian hummingbird was depicted.

Pat Price wrote:

"The hummingbird I think is a Sappho Comet. See: 'An Eye For Art-Studying Nature - Martin Johnson Heade.' Thanks for this. I like Johnson's paintings. There's something about his marshes..."

So I looked up "An Eye For Art-Studying Nature - Martin Johnson Heade." Turns out you can download the segment here. It also includes John James Audubon. Doesn't get much better than that. (Thanks, Pat!)

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Dowitcher still at CF as of 7 a.m.

The first recorded Long-billed Dowitcher at the Celery Farm is stlil here, though even farther away from the Warden's Watch. (It was spotted by Fred Weber yesterday afternoon.)

Even with a scope, it is a distant look. When I saw it, it was on the right side of the lake just before the mouth of the big ditch.

It was too far away to take a decent shot with my camera, with a 400mm lens.

If you look for it, a scope is a good idea.

How now, brown Dow?

Long-billed Dowitcher at CF w/pic

IMG_1400The pic is no bargain, but you can see the LB Dowitcher for I.D. purposes. Found by Fred Weber. (Thanks, Fred!)

Last time I saw a Dowitcher at the CF was when the Purple Gallinule was here, but those were Short-billed.

(According to eBird, some guy named Rob Fanning saw 50 Short-billed Dowitchers at the CF on May 22, 2002.

Also according to eBird, it is a new sighting for the CF -- the 256th species, but the number looks a bit squishy.

More about Long-billed Dowitchers here.

The compete eBird CF list here, theoretically.

(sorry for earlier typos -- typing as fast as I could.)

Will post again tomorrow if I see it in the early a.m.