Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fall.

Yep, I'm psyched for fall.  The weather is finally cooling off, there are pumpkin ales everywhere, and the trees and lighting are just plain splendid.  SPLENDID. 

Red-winged Blackbird, Ridgefield NWR
 
Fall has always been my favorite season.  I love all the things that go along with it- sweatshirts, raking leaves, Halloween decorations, and now that I'm a birder: the return of masses of rad birds.  Sandhill Cranes in particular make me ridiculously happy...

 Ridgefield NWR

I have been psyched on the return of other birds as well... Geese, kinglets, sparrows, Purple Finches, and just yesterday a Varied Thrush...

Ridgefield NWR
 
Of course the creatures that stick around all year are always nice to see too, like a nice coyote family...

Ridgefield NWR

And I'm always a sucker for blackbirds on a fence...

Frenchman's Bar Trail

Yay fall!

13 comments:

  1. Nice! Love the Red-winged Blackbird shot. Fall sure is in the air now!

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  2. omg, really?!? I've NEVER SEEN the back feathers on a RWBB like that IN MY LIFE. Wow!!! And cranes + giant moon? Swoon!
    And the bird I miss most of all, after leaving Mt. Rainier, is the Varied Thrush. Their song floating through tall forests is one of the most wonderful things I've experienced in nature. So mysterious and evocative. =)

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    1. I agree they make the most interesting sounds!

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  3. Nice detail in the feathers on the red winged. Love that crane and moon shot. Send some of that nice weather down south please.

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  4. Fall really is the best season...only it doesn't really exist here in Florida. At least we do get the pumpkin ales, and the migratory birds. Great shot of the Varied Thrush!

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  5. Ooooh, I'll have to try that Elysian! That's not a home brew with one of your GHOW shots on it, is it?

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    1. Haha, I wish it was homebrew. The beer itself was kind of a letdown- I tried the Laurelwood pumpkin ale last night and it is far superior.

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  6. Second that motion!

    Super shots too. Fall ist de am besten.

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  7. Eye-popping pics! Just beautiful. I too have never seen the back feathers like that on a RWBL. Nice!

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  8. Im dazzled by that crane in front of the moon shot..damn its awesome! I love fall too....today an entire TREE fell here! And yes we heard it! I really love the black birds on the fence shot too Jen, the lighting is great!

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  9. Wow! I need to get up to Ridgefield ASAP. I haven't been there when the Sandhill Cranes are hanging out. Thanks for the inspiration. Autumn really is fantastic!

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  10. Hi Jen, what a great post, I love all the birds. the crane shots are awesome. I like the shot of the RW Blackbirds too. The Varied Thrush is pretty, sorry I missed seeing it during my visit to Oregon. Happy Fall!

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