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This heavily molting male Indigo Bunting landed in a tree in the front yard today 9/30; I just happened to have a Canon 1DS Mark III with a 300 f/2.8 IS with me:

 

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After a disastrous 2013, where I spotted maybe 3-4 Monarchs, 2014 is looking up, During the past week, I have seen about 50-75 each morning cruising Southwestward towards Mexico. Yesterday morning I saw over 100; simply cruising in that same direction. Today there are 7 on one butterfly bush (non-native) on a stop over. With several more days of nice weather forecast here; these appears to be a GOOD year for them. I’ll never forget 2012, when I had about 1,000 on a snakeroot patch behind my home. I took a short video of one that was on the bush with 6 others at 4:05 PM this afternoon taken with a handheld Canon G15:

 

 

 

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This is the male of a pair of acorn savers stocking up for the coming winter. The tirelessly jam these nuts in about a dozen different trees, so deep, they are hard to retrieve. Come December they will go to their cache:

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Just a photo:; Click to enlarge:

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Great day Birding ! …….   Still have some flycatchers around (Eastern Peewee) (3rd), a Lark Sparrow (top), a Cedar Waxwing (2nd), a Tufted Titmouse on a Sunflower Head (4th), and a large warbler common neared a “yellow Breasted Chat” (Last):

 

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Taken last few days along the upper Buffalo River and Boxley Pond:

 

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Crazy photo - double exposure

Crazy photo – double exposure

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These leaf examples were found and photographed yesterday, 9/26/14, in the afternoon. These are only examples and most of the same trees are unchanged yet. The fog was thick this morning and we had to wait until 8;30 to take any photos. The final photo is of an Orchard Oriole in  a Sassafras Tree; all tasked with point and shoots.

 

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Sycamore Reflections

 

 

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Fallen Black Gun Leaves

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Blackgum under an unturned Oak

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White Oak

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Sassafras

blackgum at Lost Valley

blackgum at Lost Valley

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Orchard Oriole in a Sassafras Tree

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