Random fall birds and thoughts

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Fall might be my favorite season. It has a mysterious feel about it that I can’t quite put my finger on.

I love the smell of burning firewood on a cool night, fresh-picked apples, seeing the decorative pumpkins, camping out in a tent and especially the colorful foliage.

I don’t like the term leaf-peeping though. It sounds like a crime. I prefer saying that I’m going on a fall foliage ride.

The Girl With Something Extra: There was a show that ran 1 season from 1973-1974 starring Sally Field and John Davidson called “The Girl With Something Extra”. I tend to remember the titles of a lot of shows from the 1970’s since there was only 3 major channels on television at the time.

I was a little surprised when I first found out that it was the females that have that orange breast band (also juveniles to a lesser extent) and not the male.

I used that show title as a way of remembering that fact.

My most underrated piece of birding equipment: I don’t know what took me so long to invest in these rubber boots. It allows me to comfortably cover areas that I would normally avoid because I’m not a big fan of wet socks. I’ve been able to find birds that would have eluded me otherwise.

I headed out to Wangunk Meadows hoping to add a couple of new species to my yearly county list which as 190. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find any new species as the end of the year approaches.

I was walking around for a couple of hours without any luck.

Then there was a “Flicker Of Hope”.

I was able to find my first purple Finches of the year. The female has that broad white mark across the head.

Then with the help of my trusty boots I was able to stomp through some heavy brush to find the secret hiding place of a 1st winter .

It would be nice if October could last twice as long.

Now it’s time to break out the heavier clothing and prepare for November.

 

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Larry Nichols

Larry Nichols

Married, I am not a casual weekend birder,-still learning-still making mistakes. I am not a writer or photographer but enjoy blogging about my outdoor adventures. I am currently using a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS camera, Meopta Meostar 8x42 binoculars, and a vortex spotting scope. The Name Brownstone Birding Blog comes from the fact that I in which Portland has been known for its brownstone quarries for many years. Much of the brownstone used for older buildings in New York came from the town of Portland.

Larry Nichols

Larry Nichols

Married, I am not a casual weekend birder,-still learning-still making mistakes. I am not a writer or photographer but enjoy blogging about my outdoor adventures. I am currently using a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS camera, Meopta Meostar 8x42 binoculars, and a vortex spotting scope. The Name Brownstone Birding Blog comes from the fact that I in which Portland has been known for its brownstone quarries for many years. Much of the brownstone used for older buildings in New York came from the town of Portland.

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