|Pileated Woodpecker (iPhone shot through binoculars), Rail Trail, Amherst, MA, May 20, 2013|
|Green Heron, (iPhone shot through binoculars), Rail Trail, Amherst, MA, May 20, 2013|
|Snapping Turtle laying eggs on beaver lodge, (iPhone shot through binoculars), Rail Trail, Amherst, MA, May 20, 2013|
I set out today with the goal of catching up with a few species I have not yet seen this spring but have a reasonable chance of finding with a little (or perhaps a lot of) luck. The main targets were Olive sided Flycatcher, Acadian Flycatcher, Lincoln's Sparrow, Mourning Warbler and Hooded Warbler. Although I didn't have any luck finding any of these species it was fun trying and the search for them allowed me to run across lots of other species. Also decided to experiment today (in poor light with fog and clouds) with taking photos with my iPhone through my binoculars and with a little practice, patience and luck, it can work in a pinch. I started off at the rail trail in Amherst and the highlights there included five species of swallows, a male Orchard Oriole and lots of other species on nests or building them. Also had a Snapping Turtle burying eggs atop a beaver lodge.
|Ruby throated Hummingbird, (iPhone shot through binoculars), Quabbin Gate 10, MA, May 20, 2013|
|Northern Watersnake, Land trust trail, Belchertown, MA, May 20, 2013|