Janine's Blog


Oct 19, 2014 by Janine |
Lots of bird activity this week!

Several different hummingbirds visiting


Hummingbird impostors

Fall migrants are still passing through

White-eyed vireo

Rose breasted grosbeak, a new one for the yard

Another unusual sighting, yellow billed cuckoo

Blue-gray gnatcatcher

Some of the usual visitors

And of course, the painted buntings!

Painted Buntings!!!

Oct 09, 2014 by Janine |
The painted buntings arrived this past weekend.

We are hummingbirds.

Young male.

Brown Thrasher

I was in Colorado last week and did a quick hike at Red Rocks.

Mule Deer

House Finch

Canyon wren

It was so nice to come home from Colorado to find painted buntings!

More Hummingbirds

Sep 28, 2014 by Janine |
I have at least one male and one female hummingbird visiting now.

Carolina wren

Midweek metal show. Metsatoll and Tyr.

Lots of cardinals about too.

I couldn't decide which one of the male Cardinal I liked best, the silly one, the angry one, or the contented one. So I've posted all three!

September Sun

Sep 20, 2014 by Janine |
Bluejay enjoying a sunny afternoon

Bluebirds at Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

Fall migration is well underway. Lots of visitors to the garden. First hummingbird of the season arrived yesterday! A beautiful male ruby throat.

It rained all day yesterday and most of today, but he did not seem to mind.


Great-crested flycatcher still visits

Giant swallowtail

Just waiting for the painted buntings now!

Counting the days till Autumn

Sep 01, 2014 by Janine |
Perhaps it is just wishful thinking, but I think I am starting to see signs of autumn around here. The early painted bunting a few weeks ago was a good sign!

A few more recent visitors, a northern flicker and great-crested flycatcher

Some of the cypress trees are beginning to take on a golden hue

Prescribed burns at Jonathan Dickinson state park

Basking skink

A new one for me, the big-claw river prawn, Macrobrachium carcinus.

Not the best photograph, but it was hiding under a rock ledge in a murky stream. At first I thought it was a really big crayfish! I estimated it to be around 15" from claw to tail.

According to Wikipedia, "Macrobrachium carcinus is a species of freshwater shrimp native to the Americas.It is the largest known species of Neotropical freshwater prawn, growing up to 30 centimetres (12 in) long and weighing as much as 850 grams (30 oz), although even larger specimens have been reported".

Bainbridge Island, Early Migrants

Aug 16, 2014 by Janine |
Escaped the heat and craziness for a few days in the Pacific Northwest.

Bainbridge Island

Mt. Rainier

Lots of Wildlife

Banana Slugs!

Views from the Ferry


Port Townsend

Harlequin Ducks

Horned Grebes

At home, a male painted bunting stopped by for a visit. He only stayed one day so my guess is that he was on his way south. Hope to see more of them soon!

An oddly colored grackle

Ground doves visit occasionally.

Looking forward to the return of the hummingbirds and other winter birds! Looking forward to winter in general! :)

Canada, West Virginia

Jul 20, 2014 by Janine |
Florida summer is well underway. I was happy to escape the stifling heat and humidity for a few trips north.

An evening walk along Lake Ontario earlier this month

Last week I was in Shepherdstown, WV for some training. On my way in to town I stopped at the Antietam visitor center and cemetery. Antietam was the bloodiest single-day battle of the Civil War, with over 22,000 casualties.

Antietam National Cemetery

The training center had a number of hiking trails, so I managed to escape for a few quick walks after class.

This fellow joined me for a walk one day

Resident skunk

Delicious raspberries

Back home, the usual cast of characters

This morning I found this little raccoon pup in the yard. It was daylight and he was out in the open, cold, and hungry, so my guess is that he was abandoned. Brought him to the local wildlife center where they will raise him and release him nearby.


Jun 28, 2014 by Janine |
Summer is in full swing with heat, thunderstorms, and bugs! But summer also brings cute baby birds to make it tolerable.

Baby cardinal

This year's babies seem to have grown up very quickly. I was wondering why until I saw that mother cardinal has been adding extra protein to the diet! A small brown anole became lunch.

The rabbits had babies too. They have a nest at the base of my coral bean shrub.

Riverbend has been quite active lately. Lots of turkeys.

Sandhill crane

Pileated woodpeckers everywhere

Red-bellied woodpeckers too

Amanita caesarea

More like the red claw club

Hidden anole

Barred owls are pretty active in the evenings.

An early morning visit to the beach last week. The sea was like glass and there were several pairs of sea turtles mating in the shallow water.

Santa Fe

Jun 15, 2014 by Janine |
The Randall Davey Audubon center in Santa Fe was one of the highlights of my trip. I stumbled upon a birdwatching group, and they were nice enough to let me join.

Abundant hummingbirds at the nature center. This is a black-chinned hummingbird, a new one for me. I could have just stayed there and watched them zipping around all day long!

Black-headed Grosbeak.

Another new bird, Evening grosbeak. It was at this point that I started to regret leaving the DSLR at home!

White-breasted nuthatch

Beaver activity.

It was a great walk with friendly people.

My last stop was Albuquerque again. I had a few hours of daylight left so I headed over to the BioPark to see the serpentarium. They had an impressive collection of snakes.

Rhinoceros Viper

Green Mamba

Sri-Lankan Palm Viper

Speaking of Rhinoceros, I couldn't resist this shot.

This Western Fence lizard relaxed in the shade with me

The next day, it was time to head home!

Lots of bird activity at home. Cardinals, wrens, bluejays, and woodpeckers are all nesting nearby.

Stocking up

Hope to get some shots of the babies soon!

Albuquerque, Zoo Miami

Jun 08, 2014 by Janine |
My first stop in Albuquerque was the historic Old Town.

The International Rattlesnake Museum was great. The collection houses rattlesnakes of the world, most of which I have never seen before. It was amazing to see how many rattlesnake species inhabit the Southwest, and how cryptic they can be!

Albuquerque was hot! So I decided to head up into the mountains.

Sandia Sky Tram

It was much cooler at the top!

Next stop Valle Caldera in the mountains near Los Alamos

Next stop, Santa Fe!

Posting this series from Zoo Miami from earlier this spring because I got a somewhat decent shot of one of my favorite birds:

The tawny frogmouth.

More shots from the aviary

The reptile house is another good place for photos


Harpy eagle and chick.