Bangor City Forest, Bangor, Maine
Shawn took me to Bangor City Forest – a great birding area right in the middle of town. Let me tell you, it was much nicer walking the forest in July than in December! I remember one winter walking the forest for hours and not seeing one moving thing. Not fun when temps were well below freezing. There were a lot of birds to see in July, and Shawn says the birding is even better in Spring.
These two photos were taken in low light, and I had to crop the photos quite a bit. Therefore, noise (a grainy look) becomes an issue. In my next posting I’ll show you this species in a different situation – sitting on a cattail.
According to my research, the Swamp Sparrow is mostly seen from central USA to the East Coast. I have difficulty IDing the Sparrows that I very seldom see. For that matter, I have difficulty IDing Sparrow of any type – with the exception of my all time favorite Song Sparrow.
Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 500mm, ISO 250, 1/120 sec, f/6.3, tripod
I have already posted some goldfinch photos from this trip to Maine, but I couldn’t resist posting a few more that I found in my collection. I’m working hard to get through these 2008 photos so I can move on to my 2009 material. I know, a bit behind, aren’t I?
First Photo – Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 500mm, ISO 500, 1/125 sec, f/8.0, tripod
I always enjoy watching nuthatches. They are so animated. Besides, we don’t have this species in Puget Sound. The bird we have is very similar, but has a red breast – Red-breasted Nuthatch. Maine is lucky to have both species. Here are a few poses. In the next posting I was having a little fun with a few White-breasted Nuthatch photos.
Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 380 to 400mm, first two at ISO 250 and last two at ISO 500, first two at 1/160 sec and last two at 1/125 sec, first two at f/6.0 and last two at f/8.0, tripod
This hummingbird was a frequent visitor to Shawn and Malia’s back porch while I was visiting in Maine during my first summer trip. This is the only species of hummingbird that breeds east of the Mississippi, and if you see a hummer in Maine, Shawn says it is almost assuredly a Ruby-Throated.
Nikon D80, Tamron 200-500 zoom at 330mm, ISO 500, 1/125 sec, f8.0, tripod