Janine's Blog

First Painted Bunting of the Season!

Sep 26, 2015 by Janine |
A lovely male painted bunting visited the feeders this morning. And there was much rejoicing.

Female ruby-throated hummingbirds have started arriving.

At least two males are here too.

Black swallowtail.

Haven't ventured much farther than my window for the past week- got a nasty bug bite and had to get all kinds of creams and antibiotics. Feeling better slowly- hoping to get out and do some birding before migration is over!

First hummingbird of the season!

Sep 07, 2015 by Janine |
The end of summer is in sight! This weekend we had our first ruby-throated hummingbird, as well as blue-gray gnatcatchers and bumblebees.

I was in Canada last week and noticed some leaves already starting to turn. Bring on the cooler weather!!!


Aug 29, 2015 by Janine |
Spent a week enjoying the Pacific Northwest. It was a delight to get away from the stifling heat and humidity of Florida summer. Did some hiking around the Olympic peninsula. The region has been suffering from extreme drought and there were numerous wild fires burning throughout the state. Luckily none near me!

Elwha river

My first Washington snake, I think it is the black morph of the northwestern gartersnake.

Chestnut-backed chickadee

Next stop: Lake Crescent

Douglas Squirrel

Spent some time watching a family of Gray Jays. The adult was teaching the young one about caching food.

Sunset, moonrise, and a delicious dinner of pacific cod at the lodge. Lovely!

Early morning rainforest hike

Dungeness Spit. The longest sand spit in the world.

View of Mt. Rainier

Port Townsend tide pooling

All to soon, it was time to head back across the water to the airport in Seattle.

Back at home now and enjoying a free sauna treatment every time I go outside! It is good for the pores.


Aug 14, 2015 by Janine |
Made a couple of trips to Colorado for work recently. Making power out of thin air!

On my last trip, I took a day to visit Mt. Evans. For the first time, the road to the summit was open while I was in town, so I had to take the opportunity.

Summit Lake

Big Horn Sheep

You Shall Not Pass

Onward to the summit... lots of mountain goats up there!

And a marmot

View from the top

That is summit lake down there

Stopped off at the bristlecone pine forest on my way down. These are some of the longest living trees on earth.

That night, I headed down to the Red Rocks Amphitheater to see the Colorado Symphony perform Video Games Live. I'd never seen a show there before. The sound quality was impressive!

Getting ready

The show begins

What a great way to end my visit to Colorado!

Birding at dawn and dusk

Jul 20, 2015 by Janine |
Summer brings intolerable heat but it also brings amazing clouds. Caught these swallow-tailed kites over the house before a thunderstorm.

This old fellow wandered through while we watched the kites

Early morning and late evening are the best times to be out to avoid the heat. Dusk and cloud cast an interesting light for photography.

Evening red-shouldered hawk. We walked right underneath him before realizing that he was there.

Hairy woodpecker

Morning fawn

Headed down to the everglades this weekend for a mini-vacation.

Obligatory red-shouldered hawk. I think he might be eating a glass lizard, a snake-like type of lizard that is legless because it burrows through the sand.

Eco pond was a hellish glare of brine and cracked mud. Water levels extremely low due to lack of rain. I have never seen the pink color before. Perhaps an anaerobic bacteria?

Young spoonbill arrived for a paint job.

Young barred owl watching the sunset with us

A chuck-will's widow emerged as darkness fell.

After I took this picture, it flew right at us before veering off and settling nearby. Like other nightjars, chuckies have enormous mouths that they use to gulp insects on the wing. Was a scary sight to see that coming straight at my face!


Jul 05, 2015 by Janine |
Visited Maine for work a couple of weeks ago. It was a busy trip but it was so good to get some fresh cool air for a change! Florida has been oppressive lately. It seems like we went from April straight into August!

Eider family

Phoebe and fledgling

Lots of ospreys

So green

I also went on an evening cruise to see puffins! The weather was perfect.

The tour went out to Egg Island, which is an Audubon seabird sanctuary. The researchers were out there counting nests while we circled the island from a safe distance.

Lots of guillemots and eiders

Puffins were diving for fish and then heading back to the island to feed their chicks.

In this picture you can see two puffin decoys and a real puffin coming in for a landing!

Our last puffin view before heading back

On my way home, I snapped a few pics of NYC. I normally don't connect through there, so it was interesting to see.

Still catching up on some pics I took around FL. Until next time!

Summer Babies

Jun 21, 2015 by Janine |
The local bluejays have been bringing their babies to the garden. Even though they are perfectly capable of feeding themselves, they still beg whenever the parents are near.

The hummingbird we saw a couple of weeks ago

The swallow-tailed kites swoop low over the garden and snatch up dragonflies

Carolina Wren

Rabbits like grapes

Green Heron

Purple Gallinule

Flagstaff, AZ

Jun 13, 2015 by Janine |
Started my visit to Flagstaff with a trip to the Arboretum.

Abert's squirrel

Western bluebird

Mountain chickadee


A closer look at the offender

Broad-tailed hummingbird


Raptor show

Mountain short-horned lizard

Blended in perfectly

My next Flagstaff outing was the Kachina trail, in search of the red-faced warbler. Great views at over 9,000 ft.

White-faced nuthatch

Finally, a jewel in the trees, the bird I had come to see!

There were a few red-faced warblers squabbling amongst themselves. Watched them for a bit until the weather turned suspicious. I got out of there before the snow started! Apparently snow in May is typical for the Flagstaff area.

That's the last of the Arizona vacation pics. Things have been crazy around here with lots of work being done on the house, so not many opportunities for photography. Things are winding down, finally! Had another hummingbird stop by last weekend, wondering if it is the same one we saw before. It is unusual to see them here at this time of year. I am hoping they decide to stay year-round!

Some FL shots and DC/Virginia

May 30, 2015 by Janine |
Taking a break from the AZ shots and enjoying some time at home!

The owl family at Riverbend is growing up fast. One parent snagged a rat to feed to a hungry baby.

An armadillo ran across our path

Jupiter Lighthouse

McArthur Beach State Park

Mangrove skipper

Green anole


Osprey with jack crevalle

Quick visit to Washington DC the week before last. Did a night tour of the monuments and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Then on to Richmond, Virginia for some metal!!!



Amazing show. Was great to meet the bands afterward!!!

On to Fredericksburg to relax before heading home. Chatham house overlooking downtown.

Blue Bee Cider, from Richmond

At home, we saw a very late hummingbird last week. Cardinals, jays, doves, wren, and woodpeckers are around and likely nesting nearby. Lots of tiny baby rabbits in the yard as well.

Desert Botanical Gardens and Sedona

May 23, 2015 by Janine |
More from the gardens...

Another cooperative Costa's hummingbird

Anna's Hummingbirds

House Finches

Lesser Goldfinch

It was a stormy day at Red Rocks State Park in Sedona

Mule Deer

More stormy Sedona vistas

More to come, next stop Flagstaff