Paul Willis Photographs: Blog https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog en-us (C) Paul Willis Photographs paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) Wed, 29 Jun 2022 23:54:00 GMT Wed, 29 Jun 2022 23:54:00 GMT https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/img/s/v-12/u549907889-o586962806-50.jpg Paul Willis Photographs: Blog https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog 120 90 POTD 6/30/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/30/22 BEEP BEEP! - Road Runner off with a small lizard meal. I was just in Arizona for a few days...and caught a glimpse of this Road Runner...no sign of Wylie Coyote.

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POTD 6/29/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/29/22 FEEDING FRENZY - While two Heron chicks wrestle with the adult delivering food to the nest, the third chick hangs over the edge of the nest, seemingly uninterested in the food. I've seen this behavior by chicks in two different nests during feeding - but don't know why one of the chicks is not in the food fight?

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/29/22 Wed, 29 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/28/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/28/22 FOUND ANOTHER ORCHID - Rose Pagonia orchid on the beaver pond. We know about a patch that we watch to bloom every year...this year, I found another patch. Field guide says they are on the decline due to loss of habitat, so happy the like our beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/28/22 Tue, 28 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/27/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/27/22 CHICK PIC - Heron chick has a goofy look when viewed head on.

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POTD 6/26/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/26/22 CHIPPER - Eastern Chipmunk keeping an eye on me. We are overrun with the cute little rodents making their 2" wide burrow entrances all over our sloped yard - making them quite a bit less cute.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/26/22 Sun, 26 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/25/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/25/22 MOUTH FULL - Male Red-bellied Woodpecker heads away from the feeder with as many seeds as he can hold.  This time of year birds are feeding young and use the feeders as "take-out" spots.

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POTD 6/24/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/24/22 PRACTICING - Heron chicks on the verge of fledging. Heron chicks grow quickly and seem eager to take wing and get out of the nest.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/24/22 Fri, 24 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/23/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/23/22 LAND OF PLENTY - Cardinal taking advantage of a huge pile of black sunflower seeds. In the 1950s, Cardinals were found north only to southern Indiana and New Jersey. Climate change, plentiful bird feeders and open lawns with shrubs and trees has them as far north as southern Canada.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/23/22 Thu, 23 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/22/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/22/22 IT'S NOT EASY BEING GREEN - Green Frog in our garden pond.

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POTD 6/21/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/21/22 POINT OF VIEW - Some days I use the canoe to get a different angle on the beaver pond. The Heron nests are in the dead trees at the other end of the pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/21/22 Tue, 21 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/20/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/20/22 BEAVER POND ORCHID - We watch for the Rose Pagonia to bloom on the beaver pond. Pogonia aphioglossoides is in the orchid family and like other wetland orchids suffers from degradation of habitat. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/20/22 Mon, 20 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/19/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/19/22 INCOMING - Heron landing on a crowded nest on the beaver pond. A nest full of growing chicks makes landing a precision maneuver and adult Herons come and go several times a day to keep the growing chicks fed. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/19/22 Sun, 19 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/18/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/18/22 EXACTLY HOW DO THESE WINGS WORK? - A just-fledged Eastern Phoebe works at getting the hang of spreading its' wings. It was flying - albeit tentatively.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/18/22 Sat, 18 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/17/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/17/22 JUST DAISY - A patch of Oxeye Daisies will brighten any view. They are in the Aster family and tend to form patches in fields when they bloom in mid-June.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/17/22 Fri, 17 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/16/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/16/22 NESTING ROBIN STINK-EYE - Robin sitting on a nest under the solar array gives me a dirty look. This momma is on her second nesting of the summer.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/16/22 Thu, 16 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/15/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/15/22 FEED ME -  A fledgling Downy Woodpecker gets fed by momma Downy Woodpecker in the annual Summer BabyBird-athon at Sundial. We love watching "our" birds bring their young to the yard to learn to eat at the feeders.

 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/15/22 Wed, 15 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/14/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/14/22 JUST SPEAK UP - Heron chicks getting quite big and spend most of the time in the nest alone while both parents hunt to feed them. They tend to speak up about not getting fed often enough.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/14/22 Tue, 14 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/13/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/13/22 THE BIG WOODPECKER - Female Pileated Woodpecker visited the yard. We hear them more than we see them...so always nice to see the largest woodpecker in North America.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/13/22 Mon, 13 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/12/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/12/22 CARDINAL ON THE FRINGE - Male Cardinal perched on a Fringe Tree bush branch. Fringe Tree, Chionanthus virginicus, gets its name from the Greek chion meaning snow and Anthos meaning flower.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/12/22 Sun, 12 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POD 6/11/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/pod-6/11/22 TINY DANCER - A tiny sweat bee on a garden flower. Nature is cool close up.

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POTD 6/10/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/10/22  

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK - Newly hatched Heron chicks in a nest on the beaver pond. Another nest on the beaver pond has Heron chicks a couple of weeks older and much bigger. These little fuzz-heads have some catching up to do.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/10/22 Fri, 10 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POD 6/9/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/pod-6/9/22 BEE THERE FOR ME - An American Bumble Bee buzzes a Cherry tree branch on the edge of the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/pod-6/9/22 Thu, 09 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/8/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/8/22 FOUND A SPOT - A male Yellow-shafted Flicker checks out a nesting cavity in a tree on the beaver pond. Flickers, a type of woodpecker, get their name for the flash of color they flicker as they fly. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/8/22 Wed, 08 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/7/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/7/22 BEAR TICKS? - When the troublesome yearling bear came calling yesterday, we noticed engorged ticks on its' ears and above its' eye. We are careful about ticks and googled ticks on bears. They happen to be part of the tick transmission system...so another reason to discourage the "cute' bear from coming around.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/7/22 Tue, 07 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/6/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/6/22 ACROBAT - A Chipmunk munches on Maple tree "helicopter" seeds. Maybe a few of them won't sprout in my yard. ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/6/22 Mon, 06 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/5/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/5/22 ORANGE YOU GLAD - Female Red-Bellied Woodpecker enjoys the orange we put out to attract Orioles. The woodpeckers love the oranges and this one shows why it is named red-bellied.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/5/22 Sun, 05 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/4/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/4/22 BUNCHBERRY BLOOMS - The path to the beaver pond is covered with Bunchberry blooms now. The low growing Cornus canadensis is in the Dogwood family, which is obvious from it's Dogwood-like blooms.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/4/22 Sat, 04 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/3/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/3/22 EAGER EATERS - Heron chicks eager to get the food the adult Heron is bringing to the nest.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/3/22 Fri, 03 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/2/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/2/22 BEAVER POND BLOOMS - A Larger Blue Flag Iris in bloom on the beaver pond. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/2/22 Thu, 02 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/1/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/1/22  

HOME ALONE - Heron chicks are big enough to be left alone in the nest while the parents hunt. They  grow really quickly but require constant feeding.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/1/22 Wed, 01 Jun 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/31/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/31/22 GAZE INTO MY CRYSTAL BALL - Male Baltimore Oriole  is interested in the glass ball of a sun catcher hanging under the house eve.  Almost orange...it must have been close enough for him to check it out as a possible real orange.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/31/22 Tue, 31 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/30/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/30/22 FAMILY SCENE - Geese and Goslings on Mill Pond...a delightful annual sight.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/30/22 Mon, 30 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/29/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/29/22 SWALLOWTAILS RETURN - The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly is usually the first butterfly we see in Spring. They don't return until their food plants are in bloom...in this case Phlox blooming in front of the barn.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/29/22 Sun, 29 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/28/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/28/22 BRINGIN' IT HOME - Adult Great Blue Heron returning to the nest. The chicks in this nest are now big enough to be left alone while both parents hunt. This means lots of "home alone" time for the chicks and frequent big bird landings on the nest.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/28/22 Sat, 28 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/27/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/27/22  

PEEK-A BOO BOO - A yearling Black Bear peeks into the yard on a beautiful May morning in New Hampshire. Young black bears stay with their mother  for about a year and a half...but then are "encouraged" to strike out on their own. This cub was almost certainly here with it's mother a few months ago and remembered our yard as a possible food opportunity. Now that nice weather is here - we're in the yard more and can catch little Boo Boo coming.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/27/22 Fri, 27 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/26/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/26/22 WHY SCRAPE YOUR BEAK? - Male Cardinal scrapes his beak on a branch. I have seen this with other birds - so I googled it - and found that from the limited research on it...it seems to be mostly the "napkin" effect of birds cleaning their beak after eating. Some research suggested grinding to keep the beak sharp...but generally, birds scrape their beaks to clean up after eating.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/26/22 Thu, 26 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/25/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/25/22 WHAT'S FOR DINNER? - An American Robin letting his catch settle. It has been calculated that a Robin can eat 14 feet of earthworms a day, as they are relentless  at hunting them in the yard.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/25/22 Wed, 25 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/24/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/24/22  

THROW ME SOME SHADE - Adult Heron shades her nest on a 90+ degree day on the beaver pond. A couple of Herons have hatched their chicks, but the ones still sitting on eggs needed some shade during an especially hot May day. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/24/22 Tue, 24 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/23/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/23/22 STAKE A CLAIM -  A Female Yellow-shafted Flicker stakes a claim on a nest cavity in a dead tree on the beaver pond. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/23/22 Mon, 23 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/22/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/22/22 WILD CALLA - Water Alum Calla palustris  or Wild Calla at the beaver pond.  On watch for the heron chicks and noticed this pond wildflower.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/22/22 Sun, 22 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/21/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/21/22 LOVE BIRDS -  Many species males offer food to their mates as part of courtship, presumably signaling their ability to provide for future offspring. This Cardinal pair exchanges a seed at the feeder.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/21/22 Sat, 21 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/20/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/20/22 EYE PROTECTION - Most birds have a third eyelid called the nictitating membrane, a thin translucent or clear membrane that flicks across the eye from front to back to protect the eye while still allowing some vision. Woodpeckers, like this male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, close it as their bill hits wood.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/20/22 Fri, 20 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/19/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/19/22 SKYWARD - I know my Picture of the Day is usually of a bird...because we LOVE birds and we live in the forest with so many birds right in front of us. But sometimes we get off our mountain and drive to town and we pass this view of Monadnock Mountain - almost always worth stopping for a picture.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/19/22 Thu, 19 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/18/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/18/22 NEVER TOO EARLY TO SPREAD YOUR WINGS - A Heron chick, only hatched a few days ago, spreads out in the nest under the protective cover of mother Heron. Heron chicks don't always hatch at the same time - and one chick can dominate the nest space - as this one does over its' two nest mates.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/18/22 Wed, 18 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/17/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/17/22 BATH TIME - With the recent string of hot weather, we have noticed more birds bathing in the bird bath...but it was particularly fun to see a male Hummingbird bathing in the rain of a sudden downpour.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/17/22 Tue, 17 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/16/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/16/22 BACK FOR THE SEASON - Rose-breasted Grosbeak is back - right on schedule. Grosbeaks are highly migratory nesting across the US and Canada and wintering in Central America. About 19 percent of the world's bird species migrate every year. Migrants are able to nest in areas with reduced competition and a burst of abundant food making the migration trip worth the effort.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/16/22 Mon, 16 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/15/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/15/22  

CHICKS - Heron chicks growing every day...keeping an eye on them as they grow.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/15/22 Sun, 15 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/14/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/14/22 SEEDY - Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker taking seeds from a feeder...using his tail for leverage. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/14/22 Sat, 14 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/13/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/13/22 NEWLY HATCHED - Heron chick barely visible above the side of the nest on the beaver pond. Adult Heron standing at the side of the nest after sitting tight on it for a month is the give-away to watch for fuzzy chick heads to appear. Activity around the nests will get more and more intense as the chicks grow and need to be fed. I'll keep you posted as they grow. ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/13/22 Fri, 13 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/12/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/12/22 TRICKY BIRDS - To keep their eggs and young safe from predators, ground-nesting birds like the Killdeer use camouflage and trickery...including laying their eggs on ground that matches their eggs' color and using a "broken wing act" to distract predators away from the nest. This Killdeer foraging on the edge of a farm pond in Rindge, NH.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/12/22 Thu, 12 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/11/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/11/22 HUMMINGBIRD TONGUE - Hummingbirds have a long, slender tongue that can be extended far beyond the tip of the bill. They feed by dipping their tongue into the nectar inside flowers. This action can be repeated twenty times per second - faster than we could count.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/11/22 Wed, 11 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/10/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/10/22 DANGER ABOVE - A Great Blue Heron hurries back to the nest as a large hawk circles overhead. Herons build their nests on dead trees, usually over water, to make it difficult for land predators...but they have to protect their nest from predators above.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/10/22 Tue, 10 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/9/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/9/22 FOREST IS STARTING TO BLOOM - Goldthread blooms along the brook to the beaver pond. Goldthread is in the Buttercup family and shows off its' tiny complex blossoms early in Spring.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/9/22 Mon, 09 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/8/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/8/22  

JUST IN FROM BALTIMORE - Actually, Baltimore Orioles spend winters in Central and South America, but migrate north in Spring to breed.  Like most migrating birds, males arrive first - and we have two males competing around the grape jelly feeder for position before the females arrive.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/8/22 Sun, 08 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/7/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/7/22 HUMMING - Hummingbirds have arrived back at our patio feeders. The males always come first and came a few days later this year than last. We love watching the amazing little birds - and the bears don't bother Hummingbird feeders. ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/7/22 Sat, 07 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/6/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/6/22 SPLISH SPLASH - White-throated Sparrow bathes in a sailing-themed patio birdbath. Little birds find this shallow water feature perfect for a refreshing feather rinse. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/6/22 Fri, 06 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/5/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/5/22 FOG IN THE HOOD - Herons sit on nests on the beaver pond on a foggy Wednesday in New Hampshire. Herons are big birds with long incubation times - 14-35 days - so we'll be watching for the fuzzy heads of chicks in the next couple of weeks.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/5/22 Thu, 05 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/4/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/4/22 GROUNDED - We rarely see a pileated Woodpecker on the ground...but this female was looking around in the yard yesterday. The largest North American Woodpecker - it is always a treat to see a Pileated.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/4/22 Wed, 04 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/3/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/3/22 I'M PRETTY TOO - The Northern Cardinal is named for it's bright red color, like the robes of the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church...but it is the male cardinal with the bright red color. Female cardinals, though lacking the namesake bright red, are very pretty birds to have around.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/3/22 Tue, 03 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/2/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/2/22 BEEN WAITIN' FOR A SUNNY DAY - A Painted Turtle on a log on the beaver pond on a sunny Sunday in New Hampshire.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/2/22 Mon, 02 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/1/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/1/22 MAYDAY WILDFLOWER - Sessile Bellwort bloom emerging ...among the first New Hampshire wildflowers.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/5/potd-5/1/22 Sun, 01 May 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/30/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/30/22 SPRING WARBLER - Over fifty species of wood warblers in North America show an incredible diversity of colors and patterns, with the black pigment melanin a key to that variation. This Yellow-Rumped Warbler was among several at our little pond and along the brook today.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/30/22 Sat, 30 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/29/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/29/22 DAY DRINKIN' - Birds need water and drink a lot, especially as the weather warms up. Robins, like most birds, drink by bowing down and scooping water into its mouth. Here's to having an afternoon drink.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/29/22 Fri, 29 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/28/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/28/22 BEAR TREES -  Despite no feeders in the yard, the Momma bear and two cubs are hanging around again. The cubs' go-to move when we scare them away is to climb a tree and look back sadly. As cute as they are - we continue the training that there is nothing for them to eat here.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/28/22 Thu, 28 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/27/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/27/22 GOIN' FISHIN' - Female Belted Kingfisher watching the water from a prominent perch overlooking the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/27/22 Wed, 27 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/26/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/26/22 FEMALE EASTERN TOWHEE - Towhees use a double-scratch maneuver to kick leaves and other debris backward, exposing potential food. The bird simply jumps straight up, and while its body is in the air, the feet swing forward and then rake back across the ground, sending debris flying - hopefully uncovering something to eat.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/26/22 Tue, 26 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/25/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/25/22 FICKLE FLICKER - Because of it's odd habits and bold markings, many people don't recognize Northern Flickers as a kind of woodpecker. This female is seen as they most often are, hopping around the lawn searching for their favorite food - ants.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/25/22 Mon, 25 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/24/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/24/22 HOUSEKEEPING - Heron works on her nest on the beaver pond. Herons are already sitting on eggs in other nests as this Heron is working to catch up after arriving after all of last years nests were already taken.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/24/22 Sun, 24 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/23/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/23/22 HAPPY POTD ANNIVERSARY - Two years of a nature photo a day...something for me to enjoy the wonderful nature around us...and, hopefully brightens your day! Yesterday was the two year anniversary...I'm planning to keep it going!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/23/22 Sat, 23 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/22/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/22/22 TREETOP FLYER - Heron perched at the top of a tree on the edge of the beaver pond.

 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/22/22 Fri, 22 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/21/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/21/22 LIONS AND TIGERS AND... We are very careful with our bird feeders and know that there are bears in our neighborhood...and our neighbors told us about Momma bear and two cubs. We saw them today, so the birds get a feeder vacation for a while.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/21/22 Thu, 21 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/20/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/20/22 NAME FITS HIM - Brown-headed Cowbird is aptly named. I admit a photographic bias toward colorful birds, but Cowbirds are an interesting bird story. They use a nesting strategy called brood parasitism. They lay their eggs in other birds' nests, and the unwitting foster parents do all of the work of incubating and feeding the young cowbird. This is a male Brown-headed Cowbird - so not the actual trespassing egg-layer - but I'm guessing he is in on the tactic.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/20/22 Wed, 20 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/19/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/19/22 CHIPPER - Chipping Sparrow in the hood. Among the Spring arrivals in the yard.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/19/22 Tue, 19 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/18/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/18/22 PILEATED WOODPECKER - Always exited to see a Pileated Woodpecker...as they are illusive and shy. So for this female to pick a pecking spot within camera range made for a nice Sunday wildlife opportunity. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/18/22 Mon, 18 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POD 4/17/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/pod-4/17/22 NEWCOMERS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD - Another pair of Herons has settled on the beaver pond...and since all of the existing nests are occupied, the newcomers are having to build a nest from scratch. I can't tell who is working and who is preening...just sayin'

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/pod-4/17/22 Sun, 17 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/16/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/16/22 FROM THE HIGHEST BRANCH - Male Cardinal sings his heart out from the highest branch in the tallest tree. We have spotted two females, so there may be competition in the neighborhood.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/16/22 Sat, 16 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/15/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/15/22 FIND YOUR OWN HENS - A Tom Turkey defends his claim to a few females nearby. Male Turkeys get quite aggressive during Spring mating season.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/15/22 Fri, 15 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/14/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/14/22 PHOEBE BACK - We watch for the Phoebes to return to mark Spring in New Hampshire. In the flycatcher family - Phoebes hunt from perches and catch insects on the wing. They return when insects are available for them to hunt. Welcome back Phoebes.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/14/22 Thu, 14 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/13/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/13/22 UP FOR A STRETCH - A Heron that has been nestled down in the nest for the past few days stands and stretches. I have presumed this to be a female sitting on eggs - and "she" rustled the nest with her beak when she was up...so I think she's on eggs. After several months of the stark beauty of winter on the beaver pond, Spring breaks out..so plenty to keep up with.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/13/22 Wed, 13 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/12/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/12/22 OK...NOW I'LL SAY SPRING - Daffodils blooming under the solar array.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/12/22 Tue, 12 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/11/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/11/-22 HMMMMMM MOON? - I spent the weekend watching The Masters golf tournament....and only shot the moon! ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/11/-22 Mon, 11 Apr 2022 10:16:25 GMT
POTD 4/10/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/10/22 HERONS ALL AROUND - It is the time of year when Herons nest on several beaver ponds in the area...and they hunt on other ponds nearby. This one perched above Island Pond speaking up.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/10/22 Sun, 10 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/9/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/9/22 I'M HERE - Male Heron calls out from the nest he's claiming...presumably for the mate on the way to join him on the nest at the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/9/22 Sat, 09 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/8/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/8/22 MORE BIRDS BACK - A Kingfisher showed up at the beaver pond...another Spring arrival. Ecologists talk about the concept of limiting factors: that the overall population of a species can be limited by just one scarce resource. In the case of Belted Kingfishers, that resource can be nesting sites. There are plenty of places with enough fish to feed family of Kingfishers, but for nesting they require the eroded face of a sandbank soft enough for the birds to burrow deep into it, and tall and steep enough to make it hard for predators to reach. We are SO pleased that the beaver pond has the right conditions for the Kingfishers.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/8/22 Fri, 08 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/7/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/7/22 GETTING SETTLED - Herons are getting settled into nests on the beaver pond. The Herons return to nests year after year - first come, first served - to raise chicks.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/7/22 Thu, 07 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/6/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/6/22 EAGLE EYE - ON an Eagle watch adventure to the Connecticut River on the New Hampshire-Vemont border I saw this one hunkered down in the nest.

Near the site of a shut-down nuclear power plant...the eagles hunt in the calm water above the dam that provided cooling water for the power plant.

 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/6/22 Wed, 06 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/5/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/5/22 HE'S BAAAAACK - A birder friend said the Sapsuckers are back a few days ago...and we heard his familiar drumming before we saw him yesterday...the male Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker is a seasonal regular. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/5/22 Tue, 05 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/4/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/4/22 COURTSHIP COLORS - Male Goldfinch in transition to Spring plumage. Many birds molt once a year and simply replace their old feathers with a similar-looking set. Some species - such as the American Goldfinch - molt twice a year and change their appearance dramatically with the seasons. In early Spring male Goldfinches transform from their drab winter plumage to the showy yellow and black feathers they need for courtship. Hormones control the switch that allows the same feather follicle to grow very different feathers at different seasons.    

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/4/22 Mon, 04 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/3/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/3/22 HERONS ARE BACK - Beaver ponds are perfect for herons and the herons are back on the beaver ponds near us. The males arrive first and stake claims on the nests still standing from last season. Newcomers will have to build a nest from scratch.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/3/22 Sun, 03 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/2/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/2/22 WOODPECKER -  Female Red-Bellied Woodpecker working tree bark for insect larvae.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/2/22 Sat, 02 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/1/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/1/22 DINNER OUT - Our Sibley Bird Behavior book says it is common for male Cardinals to feed an adult female. The males are signaling their fitness to find enough food to share with their mate. This male Cardinal brought his mate to the feeder for a dinner date...each with their own feeder.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/4/potd-4/1/22 Fri, 01 Apr 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/31/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/31/22 SEEING COLORS - Like many other birds (and unlike humans), Chickadees can see ultraviolet light - a whole range of color beyond purple. Male and female Chickadees look alike to us, with white cheeks, but they look quite different to each other, as males have a much stronger ultraviolet reflection on their cheeks.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/31/22 Thu, 31 Mar 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/30/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/30/22 LEAFY - Fickle Spring weather...Leaf on a frozen puddle.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/30/22 Wed, 30 Mar 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/29/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/29/22 ROCKIN' ROBIN - An American Robin stands on a small rock to get just that little bit of extra height as it scans the yard for food. Hunting Robins move in short bursts across the ground - running or hopping forward, then standing upright, often cocking its head to one side. It seems like they are listening for worms, actually they are watching the grass and soil for signs of activity as they hunt their favorite food - earthworms.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/29/22 Tue, 29 Mar 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/28/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/28/22 RAINBOW HEADED - Male Bufflehead Duck sports a colorful head pattern. Iridescent feathers in birds are the result of structural patterns in feathers. As iridescent birds move, nanoscale structures within their feathers’ tiny branch-like filaments — known as barbules — interact with light to amplify certain wavelengths depending on the viewing angle. This iridescence is known as structural coloration, wherein crystal-like nanostructures manipulate light.
 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/28/22 Mon, 28 Mar 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/27/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/27/22 STRETCHING - Male Mallard interrupts his dabbling for a little exercise.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/27/22 Sun, 27 Mar 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POD 3/26/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/pod-3/26/22 COMING IN HOT - Turkey hen flies out of a tree perch through the branches.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/pod-3/26/22 Sat, 26 Mar 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/25/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/25/22 SNOOD-TUDE - Tom Turkeys in Spring courtship display courting colors including the interesting snood. A snood is a fleshy protuberance above a male turkey's bill that can, in some cases, hang down and cover the bill. It can vary dramatically in size, shape, and color. Snoods function in sexual selection: Female turkeys choose who to mate with based on a variety of factors including snood size

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/25/22 Fri, 25 Mar 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/24/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/24/22 WATCH WHERE YOU'RE GOING! - Female Bufflehead duck (right) seems to be giving back-seat driving advice to the male - who has his head tucked back grooming - on Mill Pond Wednesday afternoon.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/24/22 Thu, 24 Mar 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POD 3/23/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/pod-3/23/22 DABBLER - Male Mallard dabbles in a farm pond. Mallards are dabbling ducks that feed by dabbling and upending in water to eat aquatic plants, seeds, grass, small aquatic life and insects. Waterfowl are returning to New Hampshire with the Spring Equinox.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/pod-3/23/22 Wed, 23 Mar 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/22/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/22/22 BUFFLEHEAD BACK - We watch for waterfowl returning to the nearby ponds...and spotted the first today. Mergansers and these male Bufflehead ducks on Mill Pond on the second day of Spring.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/22/22 Tue, 22 Mar 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/21/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/21/22 HAPPY SPRING - The first blooms of the season showing up on the Vernal Equinox...when the sun is aligned directly above the equator and the entire world experiences equal day and night.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/21/22 Mon, 21 Mar 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/20/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/20/22 SOCK IT TO ME - Goldfinch eating thistle seeds from a seed sock. The Finches in our yard flock the sock.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/20/22 Sun, 20 Mar 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/19/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/19/22 B​​​eaver Pond Reflections - Ice is starting to melt on the beaver pond...with open water and reflections on a beautiful day. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/19/22 Sat, 19 Mar 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/18/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/18/22 HAWK WEEK - We had a Hawk in our yard this week....and today we spotted a Red-Tailed Hawk in an apple tree while we were out running errands. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/18/22 Fri, 18 Mar 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/17/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/17/22 DINING OUT - Downy Woodpeckers, female left, male right - share spots at the feeders.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/17/22 Thu, 17 Mar 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/16/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/16/22 HAWK EYE - A Red-Tailed Hawk (I think and Merlin agreed) watches the yard from a perch on the edge. Chipmunks and squirrels are out and about under the bird feeders...so the hawk visits for a chance at a meal.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/16/22 Wed, 16 Mar 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/15/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/15/22 MINI-ME WOODPECKER - Male Downy Woodpecker is a smaller look-alike to a Hairy Woodpecker. There is some evidence that the smaller Downy Woodpecker has evolved coloration to match the Hairy Woodpecker because it benefits from being mistaken for the larger, more dominant species.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/15/22 Tue, 15 Mar 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/14/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/14/22 SNOW SHADOW - Untracked snow for an afternoon walk...we and our shadow! ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/14/22 Mon, 14 Mar 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/13/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/13/22 FINCH FLOCK - Goldfinches flock the feeder in the snow. A flock of Finches is called a Charm - but I'm not sure these Finches found the Saturday snow storm charming.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/13/22 Sun, 13 Mar 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/12/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/12/22 EYE ON THE PRIZE - Turkey hen getting attention from the Toms in the yard. Male turkeys fan their tail feathers, puff out all their other feathers and drag their wings on the ground to impress the females...often "posing" for hours.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/12/22 Sat, 12 Mar 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/11/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/11/22 GRACKLES BACK - We mark the season change with warm sunny days and the return of birds to our yard. We call the Grackles the "Gridley Boys" thinking they are coming in from the nearby Gridley River...even though we know they are harbingers of Spring and when we see them we know Spring is around the corner.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/11/22 Fri, 11 Mar 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/10/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/10/22 OH SNOW! - A squirrel digging out seeds under the bird feeder in the snow Wednesday. After a stretch of warm weather - our snow had almost completely melted - until Wednesday. ;-) 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/10/22 Thu, 10 Mar 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/9/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/9/22 DAY MOON? - I've been curious why I can sometimes see the moon during the day? The Google answer: Primarily, there are two reasons why we sometimes see the moon during the day. First of all, the moon is bright and close enough to be seen against the blue hue of the sky. Secondly, the duration for which it is above the horizon of Earth coincides with the sun, making it possible to be seen during the daytime. I'm still a little curious ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/9/22 Wed, 09 Mar 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/8/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/8/22 GOT MY EYE ON YOU - Turkey hen portrait. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/8/22 Tue, 08 Mar 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/7/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/7/22 SPRING MELT - Melted snow on top of the still frozen beaver pond is enough for a little reflection on a sunny Sunday.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/7/22 Mon, 07 Mar 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/6/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/6/22 MONADNOCK SUNSET - We got off our mountain Saturday evening in time to see a sunset over Monadnock Mountain.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/6/22 Sun, 06 Mar 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/5/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/5/22 LOVELY DOVEY - Mourning Dove (I can't tell the males from females) back in the yard this Spring. Almost Spring anyway ;-)!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/5/22 Sat, 05 Mar 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/4/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/4/22 WING ASSIST START - Turkey hen uses her wings for a jump start headed to the other side of the yard where other turkeys might be finding more scattered feed.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/4/22 Fri, 04 Mar 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/3/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/3/22 FOXY - The Fox Sparrow showed up again...might be an early migrant. Who knows with climate change?

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/3/22 Thu, 03 Mar 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/2/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/2/22 SNOW SHADOW - The snow cover makes an appropriate palette for afternoon shadows.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/2/22 Wed, 02 Mar 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/1/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/1/22 CHARMING - The collective noun for a group of Goldfinches is a 'charm'. This rather suits these delightful little birds....this female is in the flock that has frequented the feeder in our yard again recently.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/3/potd-3/1/22 Tue, 01 Mar 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/28/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/28/22 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER - I visited my friends at Hampshire Country School this weekend and was pleased to see the students excited about bird watching. I noticed this woodpecker on the school suet feeder - giving a glimpse of her namesake red belly. Do you know how to know this is a female woodpecker?

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/28/22 Mon, 28 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/27/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/27/22 FINCH FIGHT - Goldfinches travel in flocks...and a flock has returned to our yard. Unlike most other small birds that take a seed and leave, Finches will sit at the feeder nibbling seeds while occupying all of the perches. Occasional disagreements between neighbors at the feeder are bound to occur.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/27/22 Sun, 27 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/26/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/26/22 FOXY - Even with Friday's big snow storm, Spring birds are showing up in the yard. This is the first we've seen of a Fox Sparrow...puffed up against the cold snow.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/26/22 Sat, 26 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/25/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/25/22 GET YOUR SPOT - Turkeys getting settled for the night. Turkeys roost at night in trees and pick their spots in early evening.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/25/22 Fri, 25 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/24/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/24/22 CREEPER - The Brown Creeper is so small and camouflaged it is barely noticed even though it is found in wooded areas throughout most of North America. One of our favorite winter birds...even though it is tough to spot.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/24/22 Thu, 24 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/23/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/23/22 MERGANSER - Male Red-Breasted Merganser in the Merrimack River near the seacoast. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/23/22 Wed, 23 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/22/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/22/21 EXCUSE ME - Snowy Owl appears to speak up about the attention it gets on a picnic table bench in a New Hampshire park Monday. My friend and neighbor took me along on a Snowy Owl excursion to the Seacoast...and we saw not one, but two Snowy Owls...Great Nature Day!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/22/21 Tue, 22 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POD 2/21/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/pod-2/21/22 AT THE WATER HOLE - Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker drinks at a tree scar water hole. A bit of warm weather was welcomed by everyone.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/pod-2/21/22 Mon, 21 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/20/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/20/22 TRAIL FLOOD - A February warm spell has turned our trail along the brook into a waterfall...but our rollercoaster weather promises to re-freeze this weekend.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/20/22 Sun, 20 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/19/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/19/22  

ADAPTABLE - We have been watching a Tufted Titmouse with an injured leg for several weeks - and have been amazed at how well it goes about eating and getting by with only one good leg. Nature adapts!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/19/22 Sat, 19 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/18/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/18/22 BLUE MOUNTAIN - Monadnock Mountain - snow capped and covered in blue.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/18/22 Fri, 18 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/17/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/17/22 CHICKADEE CHOMP -  A Chickadee pecks a sunflower seed collected from the feeder. Despite the fact that Chickadees are reliable and consistent visitors to bird feeders, more than half of their diet year-round is animal prey. In winter they hunt for dormant tiny insects and spiders, including eggs and larvae, which are found in bark crevices and dead leaf clusters.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/17/22 Thu, 17 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/16/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/16/22 BROOK ICE - Fickle temps - warm then cold - make ice formations on the brook from the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/16/22 Wed, 16 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POT 2/15/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/pot-2/15/22 THAT MOON - Watching for lunar landing craft...almost full moon.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/pot-2/15/22 Tue, 15 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/14/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/14/22 TURKEY IN THE SNOW - Turkey hen pecks in the snow...Still Winter!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/14/22 Mon, 14 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/13/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/13/22 MAPLE SUNSET - The Maple tree in our front yard is a friendly and familiar foreground for a beautiful February sunset.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/13/22 Sun, 13 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/12/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/12/22 BLUE MOUNTAIN - Monadnock Mountain under blue sunset clouds.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/12/22 Sat, 12 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/11/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/11/22 AH DOVE - The first Mourning Dove of the season...even with cold winter weather - Spring starts.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/11/22 Fri, 11 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/10/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/10/22 DIGGIN' IT OUT - Turkey hen scratches in the snow to get at bird seed. Scratch, peck, repeat.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/10/22 Thu, 10 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POD 2/9/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/pod-2/9/22 BELLS ON THE BROOK - Ice bells formed on a log over the brook from the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/pod-2/9/22 Wed, 09 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/8/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/8/22 GOLDFINCHES ARE BACK - Male Goldfinch in the process of transforming from drab winter plumage to bright, showy plumage he will need for courtship this Spring. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/8/22 Tue, 08 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/7/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/7/22 ON THE BEAVER POND - Tracks all over the beaver pond after rain, sleet, freezing rain, then snow...thankful for a sunny day!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/7/22 Mon, 07 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/6/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/6/22 ICY PERCH - Chickadee on ice covered branches. Brrrr...

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/6/22 Sun, 06 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/5/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/5/22 ICED - Freezing rain from a nasty winter storm coats the branches and the few remaining berries on a winterberry bush Friday.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/5/22 Sat, 05 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/4/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/4/22 JAYBIRD - We saw our friend Jaybird recently after a long absence...and are seeing lots of Blue Jays in the yard in the snow.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/4/22 Fri, 04 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/3/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/3/22 AFTERBLOOM - The cut tulips have run their blooming course...still interesting...but past prime.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/3/22 Thu, 03 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/2/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/2/22 FROST FEATHER - Hoar frost on a twig. Really cold temperatures freeze moisture out of the air into feather patterns on surfaces. Fancy Frost. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/2/22 Wed, 02 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/1/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/1/22 MOOSE ON THE BROOK - I'm not usually one of those guys that "sees things" in clouds...actually, I am ;-) ...and I noticed ice on the brook that made me think Moose. Ice art!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/2/potd-2/1/22 Tue, 01 Feb 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/31/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/31/22 COOL DRINK - Chickadee drinks at the heated water bowl after the big Nor'easter snow storm. The birds are taking advantage of the open water.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/31/22 Mon, 31 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/30/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/30/22 GET A LEG UP - Turkey hen stands on one leg in the Saturday snow storm. Birds' legs have an adaptation called "rete mirabile" that minimizes heat loss. The arteries that transport warm blood into the legs lie in contact with the veins that return colder blood to the bird's heart. ... And by standing on one leg, a bird reduces by half the amount of heat lost through unfeathered limbs. Brrrrrrrr!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/30/22 Sun, 30 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/29/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/29/22  

FIRST FLAKES TO FLY - Blue Jay in the first snow flakes to fall in the big storm coming today.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/29/22 Sat, 29 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/28/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/28/22 TIT FOR THAT - Tufted Titmouse at the heated bird bath.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/28/22 Fri, 28 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/27/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/27/21 MS RED-BELLIED - Female Red-Bellied Woodpecker with suet on her bill. The birds are going for the fat-rich food with really cold weather in New Hampshire.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/27/21 Thu, 27 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/26/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/26/22 DUCKS? - We usually see ducks on the area ponds in Spring...so, surprised to see these ducks along what little open water there is on Mill Pond. Hope their duck down works in the single digit temperatures forecast for the weekend.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/26/22 Wed, 26 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/25/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/25/22 BLUE MOON - I love to see the moon in the daytime...even only half full.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/25/22 Tue, 25 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/24/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/24/22 WINTER POND - Quiet at the beaver pond when it is frozen after several days of below zero temperatures.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/24/22 Mon, 24 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/23/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/23/22  

FROST STAR - Hoar Frost on the Brook. Hoarfrost is dew-drops deposited and frozen into ice crystals to form a white deposit on an exposed surface when the air is cold and moist. We've had plenty of COLD and moist in New Hampshire lately. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/23/22 Sun, 23 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/22/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/22/22 RED SKY IN MORNING - A red sunrise conjures the ancient adage of mariners relating to forecasting the weather. We don't take warning at a red sunrise as the sailors did...but enjoy the spectacle when we rise early enough to catch it.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/22/22 Sat, 22 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/21/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/21/22 TURKEY SHARK - Turkey hen with an errant feather on her back. We see turkeys with feathers askew pretty often from the jostling they take flying in and out of trees to roost.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/21/22 Fri, 21 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/20/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/20/22 BIRD WATER - After a couple of photos of birds eating snow during really cold New Hampshire weather, several people suggested we have heated water for the birds. We have had heated bird water for years...but like the horse saying..."you can lead em' to water, but you can't make em' drink" goes for our birds and the  ones that choose snow over the open water in the heated bird bath. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/20/22 Thu, 20 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/19/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/19/22 FEEDER ACROBATICS - A Bluejay needs some gymnastics to use the tube feeder.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/19/22 Wed, 19 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/18/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/18/22 HERE'S LOOKIN' AT YOU - Titmouse on a limb....the little birds are all over the feeders in the cold weather.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/18/22 Tue, 18 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/17/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/17/22 BRRRRR - A Chickadee eats snow from the bird bath. Birds will eat snow when they have to and the really cold weather in New Hampshire this weekend made water hard to find.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/17/22 Mon, 17 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/16/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/16/22 TREED TURKEY - The Turkeys were staying in the trees in the extremely cold weather in New Hampshire this weekend. Not sure it was much warmer, but sunning in the tree seemed like the thing to do.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/16/22 Sun, 16 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/15/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/15/22 'SCUZE ME? - A Nuthatch seems perturbed at being caught mid-groom during a preening session. Birds spend at least 10 percent of each day preening their feathers. Preening is so important that some details of bill shape have evolved specifically for that activity.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/15/22 Sat, 15 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/14/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/14/22 SNOWBIRD - Slate-colored Junco digs seeds from the snow. Juncos are mostly ground feeders, scratching around under bird feeders. In colder months the Juncos travel in flocks from evergreen forests to backyards all over the U.S., getting the nickname snowbirds - as they seem to bring snowy winter weather with them.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/14/22 Fri, 14 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/13/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/13/22 SNOW CONE - A female Red-bellied Woodpecker eats collected snow on her favorite Maple tree. Although birds can eat snow, it costs them precious energy to warm the snow up to body temperature—a costly expense in severe cold. ... In addition to drinking, birds use water to keep their feathers clean, and some will bathe even in winter. This woodpecker chose the snow over the heated water bowl on the patio.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/13/22 Thu, 13 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/12/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/12/22 FROZEN - Single digit temperatures and wind chill below zero - the beaver pond frozen today.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/12/22 Wed, 12 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POT 1/11/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/pot-1/11/22 OK WINTER, YOU GOT MY ATTENTION - Bracing for the coldest temperatures of the year so far...icicles on the eaves are telling the weather tales today.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/pot-1/11/22 Tue, 11 Jan 2022 11:00:40 GMT
POTD 1/10/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/10/22 THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS - A reflection in a small opening in the ice on the pool below the beaver pond dam made me think of the proverbial looking glass.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/10/22 Mon, 10 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/9/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/9/22 WINTER SHADOW SELFIE - Late day shadows across the frozen beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/9/22 Sun, 09 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/8/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/8/22 TURKEY IN THE SNOW - An all-day snow event had the turkeys (and us) out in the snow Friday. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/8/22 Sat, 08 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/7/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/7/22 QUARTER MOON IN A TEN CENT TOWN - Borrowing from an Emmy Lou Harris lyric - not really a commentary on our town. ;-) Just something interesting in the evening sky.

 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/7/22 Fri, 07 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/6/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/6/22 NUTHATCHES cling to the bark and can move in any direction, often hanging head down. This male White-breasted Nuthatch has a shiny black crown, while the female's is gray.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/6/22 Thu, 06 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/5/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/5/22 FALLING WATER -  A few days of warmer weather have the brook from the beaver pond running full speed.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/5/22 Wed, 05 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/4/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/4/22 FITTING SENDOFF - After several days of fog, we had a colorful sunset for a sendoff of 2021...bright skies for 2022!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/4/22 Tue, 04 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/3/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/3/22 2022 IS COMING IN WARM AND WET - Our New Year's snowflakes are water drops on a Pine branch.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/3/22 Mon, 03 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/2/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/2/21 HERE'S TO A BRIGHT 2022 - A foggy New Year's Day to bring in 2022...here's to many full bloom days this year!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/2/21 Sun, 02 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/1/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/1/22  

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/1/potd-1/1/22 Sat, 01 Jan 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/31/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/31/21 JAYBIRD - Bluejay eating oranges...frozen fruit in December.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/31/21 Fri, 31 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/30/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/30/21 YOU LEFT ME HANGING - Ice sheets left hanging from branches by water receding from the pool below the beaver pond are reflected in the open water. Temperatures have been above freezing during the day prompting unusual melting.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/30/21 Thu, 30 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/29/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/29/21 WINTER FLUFF - Mourning Dove puffed up against Winter cold. Birds fluff their feathers in winter to trap air to provide extra insulation against cold.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/29/21 Wed, 29 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/28/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/28/21 WINTER TEETH - Icicles and crusty snow on a branch near the beaver pond. It's Winter in New Hampshire!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/28/21 Tue, 28 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/27/2`1 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/27/2-1 Beech leaves collect snow and ice from a day-after-Christmas weather event along the trail to the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/27/2-1 Mon, 27 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/26/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/26/21 NEAT CELLAR HOLE - Ice in a cellar hole in the Wapack Wilderness. Cellar holes are the remains of early residents' homes...usually lined with stones, they collect water and this one made interesting patterns in the winter forest.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/26/21 Sun, 26 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/25/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/25/21 MERRY CHRISTMAS - The Picture of the Day of our cats...and wishing you and yours a very, merry Christmas.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/25/21 Sat, 25 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/24/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/24/21 DESIGNATED SCENIC - The end of our road has been designated by the town as "scenic"...which means repair and maintenance must not damage or destroy. We have enjoyed walking on our forest road for over 20 years and appreciate the town recognizing it's beauty.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/24/21 Fri, 24 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POD 12/23/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/pod-12/23/21 EAT LIKE A BIRD - Goldfinch eating seeds from a catkin on a White Birch tree. Finchees have started showing up in the yard after being gone in Fall and early Winter.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/pod-12/23/21 Thu, 23 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/22/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/22/21 WECOME WINTER SOLSTICE - Moonless night sky to welcome the Winter Solstice to make the turn toward Spring.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/22/21 Wed, 22 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/21/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/21/21 FROSTING - Ice on the branches of the cherry tree lit up by the sunset.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/21/21 Tue, 21 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/20/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/20/21 TIRE ART - We had a little snow so we wrote our name on the driveway ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/20/21 Mon, 20 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/19/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/19/21 WINTER LOOK - Beech and Oak leaves on the pool below the beaver dam as winter is sneaking up on us this year.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/19/21 Sun, 19 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/18/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/18/21 HANGING ON - Roots of a White Birch tree spread out over rocks along the brook from the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/18/21 Sat, 18 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/17/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/17/21 FICKLE WINTER WEATHER -  A warm stretch melted the ice on the beaver pond for the return of reflections on the surface.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/17/21 Fri, 17 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/16/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/16/21 PICKY EATER - A Black-Capped Chickadee spits a sunflower seed shell eating at a platform feeder. Chickadees will pick through seeds at a feeder to select the seed with the most fat content...taking full advantage of the effort they go through to shell the seed.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/16/21 Thu, 16 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/15/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/15/21 HURRY SUNDOWN - Leafless trees silhouette as sunset starts to come earlier with Winter Solstice approaching.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/15/21 Wed, 15 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/14/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/14/21 SNOW CAPPED - Our trail gnome got a snow cap recently.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/14/21 Tue, 14 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/13/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/13/21 DOWN DRINKIN' AT THE ... Red-Bellied Woodpecker gets a drink at a Maple tree watering hole. We had rain to fill the maple tree drinking wells and the birds like them better than the bird baths we provide.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/13/21 Mon, 13 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/12/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/12/21 FAVORITE WINTER BIRD - A Brown Creeper on the maple tree...Vic';s favorite winter bird.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/12/21 Sun, 12 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/11/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/11/21 COOL ICE - Ice forms on branches in the brook...winter patterns all around.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/11/21 Sat, 11 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/10/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/10/21 IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE....We had a light snow that decorated the forest with frosting.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/10/21 Fri, 10 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/9/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/9/21 FALL GARDENING - A Bluejay digs around in the leaves in the patio garden.  We leave as much leaf litter as we can in the gardens for larvae and bugs that the birds can eat. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/9/21 Thu, 09 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/8/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/8/21 I SEE FACES in a tree stump on a hike in the Wapack Wilderness. Use your imagination...he's smiling. ;-) 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/8/21 Wed, 08 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/7/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/7/21 NUTHATCH - White-Breasted Nuthatch creeps headfirst in all directions on tree trunks.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/7/21 Tue, 07 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/6/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/6/21 WE LOVE when an Orchid blooms again...a bright spot on a cloudy day!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/6/21 Mon, 06 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/5/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/5/21 NEW ANGLE ON MONADNOCK - We enjoyed seeing Monadnock Mountain from a different vantage on a hike with our friends Saturday.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/5/21 Sun, 05 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTDS 12/4/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potds-12/4/21 EARLY GOLDEN HOUR -  With Winter Solstice coming up - the evening golden hour is earlier and earlier on the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potds-12/4/21 Sat, 04 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/3/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/3/21 STILL BREAKING ICE - The beavers were still working the ice today...and I had a better angle.  Two beavers were working in front of the dam keeping as much open water as they could.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/3/21 Fri, 03 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/2/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/2/21 ICEBREAKER - A Beaver breaks ice near the dam on the beaver pond. They earn their busy caricature keeping water open for getting in and out of the pond before the ice gets too thick to break.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/2/21 Thu, 02 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/1/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/1/21 WINTER SCENE on our little pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/12/potd-12/1/21 Wed, 01 Dec 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/30/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/30/21 SNOWBIRD RETURN - Slate-colored Junco with a touch of the first New Hampshire snow on it's beak. Juncos are the "snowbirds" of the middle latitudes. Over most of the eastern United States, they appear as winter sets in, and then retreat northward each spring. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/30/21 Tue, 30 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/29/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/29/21 The first snowfall of the season sliding off the solar array made me think Winter was giving me an "I'm Back" grin.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/29/21 Mon, 29 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/28/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/28/21 LEAVIN' ON A JET PLANE - When the only thing flying over the beaver pond was a big ole jet plane. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/28/21 Sun, 28 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/27/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/27/21 CLOUDS DRIFT OVER NEW IPSWICH MOUNTAIN yesterday as winter sets in at the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/27/21 Sat, 27 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/26/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/26/21 NICE ICE - Sticks and stems in the brook from the beaver pond make interesting ice formations.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/26/21 Fri, 26 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/25/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/25/21 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER - Red-Bellied Woodpecker is named for a red-tinged belly that is almost never visible - and you'd think this male with his bright red head would be called a Red-Headed Woodpecker, but they look completely different.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/25/21 Thu, 25 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/24/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/24/21 BRRRRWINTER - Ice on the brook from the beaver pond as Fall has fallen to Winter.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/24/21 Wed, 24 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/23/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/23/21 AHHHH SUNSET - When the sky lights up at at sunset and I have not taken ANY photos for Picture of the Day ;-) I'm thankful for a pretty sunset!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/23/21 Tue, 23 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/22/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/22/21 ORNAMENTAL GRASS coated with frost lit with early morning sun.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/22/21 Mon, 22 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/21/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/21/21 FROST ON THE ROSE - A rose bloom that made it through several frosts already, gets a frosting decoration yesterday.

 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/21/21 Sun, 21 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/20/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/20/21 REFLECTION ON WINTER - Reflections in the beaver pond are starting to look like winter.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/20/21 Sat, 20 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/19/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/19/21 ALL THE LEAVES ARE BROWN and the sky is gray. The forest floor is a carpet of fallen leaves on the path to the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/19/21 Fri, 19 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/18/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/18/21 BEAVER MOON approaching full.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/18/21 Thu, 18 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/17/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/17/21 BIRD FOOD - A Finch eats seeds from catkins in a White Birch tree. A mature catkin can release up to 1 million seeds a year.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/17/21 Wed, 17 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/16/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/16/21 BEECH TREES still have leaves over the brook from the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/16/21 Tue, 16 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/15/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/15/21 JUST LIKE THAT, FALL HAS FALLEN - Very few leaves left on Barrett Mountain with a winter sky reflected in the beaver pond Sunday.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/15/21 Mon, 15 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/14/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/14/21 MIGRATION VISITORS - A pair of Hooded Mergansers (male in front) among the standing dead trees on the beaver pond yesterday. Mergansers are around in the Spring during migration - but we rarely see them in the Fall migration. 

 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/14/21 Sun, 14 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/13/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/13/21 BRONZE AGE CONTINUES at the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/13/21 Sat, 13 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/12/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/12/21 FALL FOREST - The brook from the beaver pond cuts through a Fall forest.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/12/21 Fri, 12 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/11/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/11/21 OAK ON THE WATER - The Oak trees are among the last to shed leaves in the fall. They are falling all along the brook from the beaver pond. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/11/21 Thu, 11 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/10/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/10/21 JUNCOS RETURN - Dark Eyed Juncos might look different depending on where you see them - but our Slate Colored Juncos are back foraging in the yard.  Our Sibley book says the same species of Dark Eyed Junco have distinct regional variations or sub species - which make the same bird look different depending where you are seeing it. Ours arrive in a flock in Fall and cover the yard and patio.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/10/21 Wed, 10 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/9/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/9/21 HUGE CHERRY TREES in our yard attract birds and wildlife and make a dramatic silhouette when the leaves have fallen and the sunset colors the background.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/9/21 Tue, 09 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/8/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/8/21 JUST NUTS - A busy Chipmunk gathers acorns - almost too big for his mouth. We watched this chipmunk make multiple trips from under the Oak tree to an unseen winter den across the yard.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/8/21 Mon, 08 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/7/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/7/21 BRONZE PHASE AT BEAVER POND - Oak and Beech trees hold their leaves along the beaver pond below New Ipswich Mountain.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/7/21 Sun, 07 Nov 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/6/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/6/21 HEY GUY - Male Downy Woodpecker hunting on the beaver pond. His bright red top knot gives him away.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/6/21 Sat, 06 Nov 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POT 11/5/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/pot-11/5/21 FINE FINCH - Evening sun lights an immature female Purple Finch...back in the yard after a summer in the woods.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/pot-11/5/21 Fri, 05 Nov 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POD 11/4/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/pod-11/4/21 BRIGHT SPOT IN LATE FALL SKY - Most of the brilliant Maple leaves have already fallen, leaving the bronze and gold of Oak and Beech leaves to color the path to the beaver pond...except for a few bright Maple trees hanging onto their color.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/pod-11/4/21 Thu, 04 Nov 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/3/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/3/21 BEAVER POND REFLECTIONS - The colors of Fall are softening as October turns to November and we start thinking about winter in New England.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/3/21 Wed, 03 Nov 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/2/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/2/21 HARD TO PASS ON A SUNSET - When the sunset makes you say - "WOW" - a photographer takes a picture! ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/2/21 Tue, 02 Nov 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/1/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/1/21 HOLDING PATTERN - A Chickadee in a holding pattern as all of the perches on the feeder are already occupied. Lots of Chickadees are back at the feeders with the change in the weather.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/11/potd-11/1/21 Mon, 01 Nov 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/31/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/31/21 TOOK A DRIVE IN VERMONT - A rainy and foggy day in central Vermont with some fall color hanging on along the White River.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/31/21 Sun, 31 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/30/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/30/21  

ASPEN - Big tooth Aspen leaf holds rain from recent rains. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/30/21 Sat, 30 Oct 2021 00:49:40 GMT
POTD 10/29/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/29/21 ONCE MORE WITH ATTITUDE - Male Cardinal in portrait mode. ;-) 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/29/21 Fri, 29 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/28/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/28/21 The normally gentle waterfall on the brook from the beaver pond gets frisky with a good rain. Storms the past couple of days have the brook booking.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/28/21 Thu, 28 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POD 10/27/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/pod-10/27/21 NOT SHOWING much of her namesake red belly, this female Red-Bellied Woodpecker on a limb at the beaver pond. I know it is a female because males' entire head is red-topped. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/pod-10/27/21 Wed, 27 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POD 10/26/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/pod-10/26/21 Beaver Pond foliage update - Still worth a visit - but certainly waning.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/pod-10/26/21 Tue, 26 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/25/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/25/21 TOUCH OF FROST - The first frost of the year...just a touch, but almost the latest first frost on record. The latest first frost on record was tomorrow...so just missed it by a day.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/25/21 Mon, 25 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/24/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/24/21 HELLO SUNSHINE - Sunrise bursts through the clouds for a Fall New England day.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/24/21 Sun, 24 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/23/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/23/21 FALL ON THE WATER - Shadows and fallen leaves on the beaver pond are the patterns of Fall.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/23/21 Sat, 23 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/22/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/22/21 SAPSUCKER - Immature Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker on Birch tree. The holes Sapsuckers drill to get sap and attract insects that they eat are also used by other birds.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/22/21 Fri, 22 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/21/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/21/21 AFLOAT - Maple leaf on the beaver pond...floating in the breeze.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/21/21 Thu, 21 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/20/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/20/21 COLOR STARTING TO WANE - After a spectacular Fall foliage year, the color at the beaver pond is starting to wane past peak. Still pretty nice on a sunny day!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/20/21 Wed, 20 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POD 10/19/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/pod-10/19/21 COUNTRY ROAD TAKE ME HOME  - New Hampshire style!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/pod-10/19/21 Tue, 19 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/18/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/18/21 HEY MOON - The Moon, approaching full, lit up the clouds Sunday night.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/18/21 Mon, 18 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/17/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/17/21 OUTTA HERE - Perhaps the last Monarch butterfly in New Hampshire takes off from a Larkspur bloom in a town garden in Peterborough, NH.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/17/21 Sun, 17 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/16/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/16/21 ON THE HUNT - A Coopers Hawk (I think) hunts on the beaver pond. These small hawks hunt small birds that they capture in flight.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/16/21 Fri, 15 Oct 2021 23:49:36 GMT
POTD 10/15/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/15/21 OUR MOUNTAIN VIEW - The view of Monadnock Mountain from the lookout on New Ipswich Mountain above our house.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/15/21 Fri, 15 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/14/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/14/21 BEAVER POND COLOR UPDATE - Not sure if it is peak yet - but we have officially reached WOW!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/14/21 Thu, 14 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/13/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/13/21 AND THE RAKING COMMENCES - Now that the Maple tree on the driveway has done a Fall shed.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/13/21 Wed, 13 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/12/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/12/21 A COUPLE OF FROGS bask on the bank of the garden pond in what's left of nice weather before the pond is drained for the winter.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/12/21 Tue, 12 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/11/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/11/21 THE HEADWATERS OF THE MILLERS RIVER in New Ipswich, New Hampshire.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/11/21 Mon, 11 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/10/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/10/21 MONADNOCK SUNSET

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/10/21 Sun, 10 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/9/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/9/21 FALL ON  BEAVER POND

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/9/21 Sat, 09 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/8/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/8/21 TOWER OF POWER - Maple tree in our yard has burst out in color. The annual Fall color display seemed to start later this year - but is living up to its reputation.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/8/21 Fri, 08 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/7/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/7/21 FALL ON THE GRIDLEY - We took our annual Fall Foliage on the Gridley River float yesterday. The leaves along the water change first - so the spectacular Fall show always starts first along the water. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/7/21 Thu, 07 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/6/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/6/21 Phantasmagoric Fungi - A Fly Amanita mushroom on it's side along the trail to the beaver pond. The rain these last few months has brought out a multitude of mushrooms of various colors and sizes. The Amanita is deadly poisonous and I was taught to remember the name by thinking "I'm onna needa" go to the hospital if I eat this mushroom.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/6/21 Wed, 06 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/5/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/5/21 HOT CHICK - We've been visited by a lone turkey chick recently...when normally we'd have a flock of turkeys scratching in the yard. We love the turkeys!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/5/21 Tue, 05 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/4/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/4/21 WAITING FOR MORE COLOR - Fall color is coming slower this year...as only the trees on the shore of the beaver pond have changed so far - and past years the entire mountain would be lit up.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/4/21 Mon, 04 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/3/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/3/21 WHAT'S FOR DINNER? - Blue Jay hangs onto a juicy tree nut from a high perch. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/3/21 Sun, 03 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/2/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/poyd-102/21 PSYCHEDELIC - The beaver pond is starting to be a bit trippy visually this time of year. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/poyd-102/21 Sat, 02 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/1/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/1/21 FALL FALLIN' - Garden Asters catch fallen Maple leaves as Fall starts falling in New Hampshire.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/10/potd-10/1/21 Fri, 01 Oct 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/30/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/30/21 IT'S IN THE WATER - Fall color reflection on the beaver pond. Leaves along the edge of the water are the first to turn.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/30/21 Thu, 30 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/29/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/29/21 FINALLY FALL on the beaver pond. Starting to get the first signs of New England Fall Foliage along the edge of the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/29/21 Wed, 29 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/28/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/28/21 BLUEBIRD DAY - It is migration season...Of the 650+ species of North American breeding birds, more than half are migratory, and some 350 species travel long distances each year. We came across a small flock of migrating Bluebirds hunting on a wire over a farm pasture. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/28/21 Tue, 28 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/27/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/27/21 NOT MUCH  COLOR YET in southern New Hampshire. A beautiful Fall day with great reflections on the beaver pond is about as good as it gets.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/27/21 Mon, 27 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/26/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/26/21 CARDINAL RULE - They say when you see a cardinal it is a visit from someone who has passed. We saw this cardinal snacking at our feeder today...the day we said goodbye to my nephew. Thanks for showing up as a beautiful red bird Matt!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/26/21 Sun, 26 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/25/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/25/21 FALL COLOR on the trail to the beaver pond. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/25/21 Sat, 25 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/24/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/24/21 THE YARDBIRDS - It's great to be back in our yard and see the birds we've been watching all year growing up. This year's Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker is growing into her adult colors.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/24/21 Fri, 24 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/23/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/23/21 FALL REFLECTIONS on the beaver pond. I'm back in New Hampshire after a couple of weeks away. Fall colors are starting to come out around the beaver pond - it's nice to be home.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/23/21 Thu, 23 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/22/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/22/21 SUNSET ON MY TRIP - I'm headed home to New Hampshire after a couple of weeks in my home town in Indiana. A nice view for the rear view mirror!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/22/21 Wed, 22 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/21/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/21/21 FAR FROM SHORE - I'm used to seeing Killdeer on the seashore, so I was surprised to see this one in a freshly harvested corn field in Knox County, Indiana. The field guide confirmed that Killdeer are a widespread shorebird that often nests near human development and far from water.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/21/21 Tue, 21 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/20/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/20/21 INDIANA DOES SKIES - "Photo clouds" over the Lincoln Memorial Bridge across the Wabash River in Vincennes, Indiana. A young Abraham Lincoln crossed from Indiana to Illinois here on his journey from Kentucky.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/20/21 Mon, 20 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/19/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/19/21 GREBE IN INDIANA - I'm still in Indiana and making pictures here during my visit. I spotted a duck on a small pond at sunset - which Merlin Bird ID app called a Pie-Billed Grebe. I had recently spotted one on the beaver pond in New Hampshire and learned it was an endangered breeding species there. I suspect this Grebe may be stopping off here in Indiana during migration.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/19/21 Sun, 19 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/18/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/18/21 ROUND BARN - Round barns are disappearing from the rural landscape. We found a great one near Washington, Indiana and even got a tour inside this amazing barn.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/18/21 Sat, 18 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/17/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/17/21 RED HEADED STRANGER - I'm finding the birds in Indiana to be a bit camera shy...as it has taken me more than a week here before I got my first bird POTD. We don't have Red-Headed Woodpeckers in New Hampshire, so I was pleased for this one to be my first Indiana bird POTD.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/17/21 Fri, 17 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/16/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/16/21 MELO

MELONVILLE - Watermelons in a field in Knox County, Indiana. When I was growing up here, Knox County was a promoted as the "Watermelon Capital of the World" with a huge watermelon festival and wonderful summer melons. Not sure if the county still retains the melon title, but they still raise lots of melons.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/16/21 Thu, 16 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/15/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/15/21 AMBER WAVES OF GRAIN - Corn harvest in Knox County, Indiana...the view from my Indiana family's front porch. I'm home for a visit so the Picture of the Day topics look a lot different from the forest and beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/15/21 Tue, 14 Sep 2021 19:47:47 GMT
POTD 9/14/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/14/21r5t HOME AGAIN IN INDIANA - I apologize for the confusing POTD post the past few days. I’m on a visit to my home town in Indiana and my borrowed computer system has me befuddled? This is a monument to George Rogers Clark in Vincennes, Indiana. Clark, the brother of the Lewis and Clarks Merriweather, captured the Northwest Territory from the British at Fort Sackville here. It was a good place to grow up.

 

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POTD 9/13/21_3 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/13/21_3 OVER THE MOON - Quarter moon over Indiana. Change of venue for POTD - as I am in Indiana for a visit. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/13/21_3 Mon, 13 Sep 2021 13:48:38 GMT
POTD 9/13/21 _2 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/13/21-_2 CHANGE OF VENUE - Picture of the Day is maturing corn in Indiana. I'm out in Indiana for a couple of weeks (you may have noticed changes in the timing of POTD posts the last few days as I am getting used to a borrowed system).  I'm from Indiana and am enjoying the farm sights from my childhood.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/13/21-_2 Mon, 13 Sep 2021 13:38:17 GMT
POTD 9/13/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/13/21 CHANGE OF VENUE - Picture of the Day is maturing corn in Indiana. I'm out in Indiana for a couple of weeks (you may have noticed changes in the timing of POTD posts the last few days as I am getting used to a borrowed system).  I'm from Indiana and am enjoying the farm sights from my childhood.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/13/21 Mon, 13 Sep 2021 10:55:37 GMT
POTD 9/12/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/11/21 BUTTERFLY FACE - I don't usually get to see a butterfly up close...like this Fritillary on a Zinnia bloom.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/11/21 Sun, 12 Sep 2021 01:36:44 GMT
POTD 9/11/21_2 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/11/21_2 WE REMEMBER

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/11/21_2 Sat, 11 Sep 2021 10:55:33 GMT
POTD 9/10/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/10/21 WHO LOVES THE SUN - Sunflower blooms stand out against the solar array. WE love the sun!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/10/21 Fri, 10 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/9/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/9/21 BED HEAD - Pileated Woodpecker sporting a messed "do" on his favorite tree above our yard.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/9/21 Thu, 09 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/8/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potyd-9/8/21  

ON ZINNIA - Monarch butterfly spending time on Zinnia bloom.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potyd-9/8/21 Wed, 08 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/7/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/7/21 END OF SUMMER ;-(  - As I was putting the cooler away after our end of summer getaway - I noticed the expression on the cooler regretting the end of summer. It will come again! ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/7/21 Tue, 07 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/6/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/6/21 HAWK EYE - Hawk on the fence.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/6/21 Mon, 06 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/5/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/5/21 NOW WHAT? - A Gull emerges from the surf with a large, intact clam. They have been known to drop shell fish on the pavement - but I did not see where this gull took the clam.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/5/21 Sun, 05 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/4/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/4/21 BEACH BIRDS - Some new birds to watch on our quick trip to the Maine Coast....Least Sandpipers among the birds dancing in the surf.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/4/21 Sat, 04 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
9/3/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/9/3/21 POSTCARD SUNRISE - We were treated to a postcard-worthy sunrise on the Maine Coast this week. Wish you were here ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/9/3/21 Fri, 03 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/2/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/2/21 ANOTHER HUMMER - The Hummingbirds are bulking up before migration and have been crazy on the feeders and garden flowers.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/2/21 Thu, 02 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/1/31 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/1/31 THE LAST CHERRY - A Robin makes off with a wild cherry. The birds that eat fruit have been clearing the cherry trees...pretty much harvesting all of the fruit.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/9/potd-9/1/31 Wed, 01 Sep 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/31/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/31/21 DRAGONFLY - A Yellow-Legged Meadowhawk on the beaver pond. The Dragonflies help keep the bugs down.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/31/21 Tue, 31 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/30/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/30/21 TRAIL BLOOMS - Fleabane blooming along the trail up Little Monadnock Mountain.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/30/21 Mon, 30 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/29/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/29/21 CHECKING OUT THE CHICKS - We've had cute Turkey chicks in the yard recently growing into their color.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/29/21 Sun, 29 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/28/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/28/21 FLOWER POWER - I spend a lot time time focused on things (birds) far away...but I like to re-focus attention on the details close up...like the center of a Zinnia bloom.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/28/21 Sat, 28 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/27/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/27/21 HUMMERS ARE THE SHOW -  Bird activity on these late summer days has been lots of Hummingbirds buzzing the yard. Several females pester each other endlessly all around the house.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/27/21 Fri, 27 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/26/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/26/21 WHAT'S FOR DINNER - A young duck deals with a meal bigger than its mouth on the beaver pond. The duck slammed the crab on the water a couple of times to break it up before ingesting it.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/26/21 Thu, 26 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/25/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/25/21 HUMMER ON ZINNIA - The late summer garden is attracting the Hummingbirds.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/25/21 Wed, 25 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/24/21_2 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/24/21_2 HENRI FED BROOK - The brook from the beaver pond was booking from lots of Henri rain.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/24/21_2 Tue, 24 Aug 2021 10:10:26 GMT
POTD 8/24/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/24/21 NEW BEARS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD - Our neighbors spotted a mother bear with three cubs - and they passed by our trail camera later that night. We are careful not to leave bird seed out that the bears can get so they don't come here for food, but we love to spot them on the trail cam...and THREE cubs!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/24/21 Tue, 24 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/23/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/23/21 NORTHERN FLICKER - A male Northern Flicker, also called a Yellow-Shafted Flicker, hunts ants on the ground. The Flickers bright white rump patch is hidden when they are perched or hunting ants, but obvious when they take off, and along with their yellow underwings probably serves to startle potential predators. The eruption of bright colors when they take off, the flickering white and yellow of the flying bird is what gives the species its name.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/23/21 Mon, 23 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POT 8/22/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/pot-8/22/21 TINY DANCER - A tiny bee explores a rain-soaked Daisy bloom.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/pot-8/22/21 Sun, 22 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/21/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/21/21 FIRST MONARCH CATERPILLAR - We spotted the first Monarch butterfly caterpillar on the Asclepias today.  We plant the variety of Milkweed that is the host plant for Monarchs - then wait to see the butterfly life cycle unfold in the pollinator garden.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/21/21 Sat, 21 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/20/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/20/21 EASTERN NEWT OUT - Newts have three forms: a larval aquatic form, followed by an immature land form called an "eft" and finally an aquatic adult form. This is the land form called a red eft. We see these on the trails, especially after a rain like we had Thursday. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/20/21 Fri, 20 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/19/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/19/21 HEY JAKE - A young turkey has been hanging out in the yard...we think it is a Jake - a young male ostracized by the Tom turkeys and pushed out to fend for himself. But he is welcome in our yard...to get what he can scrounge.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/19/21 Thu, 19 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/18/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/18/21 CHERRY PICKING - A Robin harvests cherries. Cherries are the "thing" with the birds in our yard now...a ring of huge cherry trees around the yard are attracting all of the fruit eating birds. Relatively easy picking for the photographer, too. ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/18/21 Wed, 18 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/17/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/17/21 MIGRATION STRAGGLER -  A female Baltimore Oriole works on an Ash tree berry. The Orioles in our yard have been gone for a month - but a pair of Orioles showed up with several other bird species to feast on ripe Ash and Cherry berries - and seem like late migrators. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/17/21 Tue, 17 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/16/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/16/21 WATER WORLD - A beaver swims through reflections on the beaver pond. Beavers flood forest to leave lots of dead trees standing in the water.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/16/21 Mon, 16 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/15/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/15/21 CHERRY PICKIN' - Female Pileated Woodpecker visiting the yard now that cherries are ripe. We have several huge cherry trees around the edge of our yard that attract lots of fruit-eating bird species when the cherries are ripe. The Pileated is the largest North American woodpecker and the pair that lives near us is pretty elusive until the cherries are ripe.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/15/21 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/14/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/14/21 EYE ON THE PRIZE - A Cedar Waxwing has its eye on a ripe cherry as a flock of them work the cherry trees in our yard. Waxwings eat mainly fruit and live an itinerant life, spending most of the year traveling in small flocks in search of fruit - staying only as long as the fruit lasts.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/14/21 Sat, 14 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/13/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/13/21 WILD CRANBERRIES - Cranberries are native in New England and we ran across these ripening berries in a bog in the Wapack Wilderness. Large Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) are in the Heath family and grow in dense, creeping masses in open bogs.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/13/21 Fri, 13 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/12/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/12/21 DEW ON THE DAISY - It's the little details that make life interesting.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/12/21 Thu, 12 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/11/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/11/21 SCARLET? TANAGER - This female Scarlet Tanager shows none of the bright scarlet color that gives the species it's name. Tanagers are strongly sexually dimorphic - the males and females look different - and recent studies show that this is linked to migration. More than three-quarters of migratory species are dimorphic, while over three-quarters of sedentary species are not. With migration, sexual roles diverge and in order to establish a breeding territory in a few days, the female must select a mate. The most attractive males are more likely to be chosen and quickly - which drives the evolution to more showy plumage in the males.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/11/21 Wed, 11 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/10/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/10/21 BEE-HAVE - A bee confronts a Silver-Bordered Fritillary butterfly for browsing access to a Coreopsis bloom.  The bee moved on.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/10/21 Tue, 10 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/9/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/9/21 THE UN-FLOWER WILDFLOWER - Indian-Pipe (Montropa uniflora) is saprophytic - meaning it does not contain chlorophyl to make it green - but rather gets nourishment from decayed organic matter and even without green, it makes an interesting bloom.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/9/21 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/8/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/8/21 GETTIN' AT THE SEEDS - Goldfinches are seed eaters and are regulars at our bird feeders. But, because of bird feeder robbing bears, we have not been putting out seed feeders so the Goldfinches are taking to the Spruce cones for seeds. This male Goldfinch contorts to peck seeds from ripe cones.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/8/21 Sun, 08 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/7/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/7/21 EARLY FALL COLOR -  a precocious maple leaf on the blacktop.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/7/21 Sat, 07 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/6/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/6/21 IT'S NOT A BIRD - Vic and I talk about the subjects of my Picture of the Day...and how often it is a bird. We hiked Mt. New Ipswich behind our house for the view of Monadnock Mountain and made a picture that is not a bird.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/6/21 Fri, 06 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/5/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/5/21 HUMMMMMMM - Hummingbirds feed by dipping their long slender tongue into the nectar inside a flower (or feeder)  Some of the remarkable details of how this works were just recently discovered.  The tip of the tongue is forked and each fork is fringed (look closely) and forms a flexible tube designed to hold liquid. The tongue can dip into the feeder up to twenty times per second.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/5/21 Thu, 05 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/4/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/4/21 CARDINAL RULE, FLOWER VERSION -  We don't see Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) very often, so we were happy to spot some on a brook in the woods near our house. Like the Cardinal bird, the Cardinal flower gets it's name from the bright red robes worn by Roman Catholic cardinals. Cardinal flowers grow on wooded streamsides and moist meadows.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/4/21 Wed, 04 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/3/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/3/21 FLOWER POWER - With plenty of flowers blooming in the gardens, the Hummingbirds are finding their way to the blossoms.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/3/21 Tue, 03 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POD 8/2/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/pod-8/2/21 WAXWING PARTNERS - Most songbirds in North America time their nesting efforts to coincide with the explosion of insect larvae on new plant growth early in the summer. Waxwings also feed their young a protein-rich diet of insects, but they delay their nesting until late in the summer so that young fledge at a time when fruit is abundant. This Waxwing pair seemed to be partnering up to collect ripe cherries and deliver them to the nest.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/pod-8/2/21 Mon, 02 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/1/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/1/21 ECHINACEA EMERGING - Echinacea bloom unfolding in the pollinator garden.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/8/potd-8/1/21 Sun, 01 Aug 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/31/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/31/21 CEDAR WAXWING - Waxwings get their name from the small red tips on the feathers of their inner wing, which reminded the early naturalists of the red sealing wax used on important letters. The birds' red markings are not wax, of course, but keratin (the same substance in the rest of the feathers)  formed into a solid, flat tip and decorated with red pigment.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/31/21 Sat, 31 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/30/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/30/21 A Wasp works a Chicory bloom along the road. In the Aster family, Chicory grows in fields and on roadsides. I could not identify the wasp, but from research determined it to be a wasp and not a bee since bees have hairy bodies and wasps have smooth ones.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/30/21 Fri, 30 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/29/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/29/21 CABBAGE ON THE WAY - Mid-Summer garden patterns.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/29/21 Thu, 29 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/28/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/28/21 BEE MY BABY - A Bee on the Asclepias...Butterfly Weed - but the bee is welcome.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/28/21 Wed, 28 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/27/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/27/21 GREENVILLE EAGLE - We saw the Greenville Eagle Monday. We hesitated to call it the Greenville Eagle - not only because it sounds like a New Riders of the Purple Sage song title - but we thought the eagle might be bothered by local photographers if we disclosed where we saw it. But we see this eagle right along the road in the center of Greenville almost every time we pass there, so it does not seem to mind the attention.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/27/21 Tue, 27 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/26/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/26/21 LOCUST LOVE - A pair of Red-Legged Locust mate. The smaller male mounts the female for a mating that can last up to 48 hours.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/26/21 Mon, 26 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/25/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/25/21 RELAXIN' - An Eastern Phoebe stretches in the Ash tree. Phoebes are insect eaters and hunt bugs that they catch on the fly - or on the branches of the Ash tree.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/25/21 Sun, 25 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/24/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/24/21 RAINDROPS FALLING ON MY - A brief, heavy rain left bubbles on the beaver pond as it fell Friday.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/24/21 Sat, 24 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/23/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/23/21 SILVER-BORDERED FRITILLARY BUTTERFLY on a Daisy - Google said: Butterflies love daisies and related flowers, because the center “eye” is an all-you-can-eat meal of tiny florets. Instead of flying from flower to flower, a nectar seeker can just dip its proboscis into one floret after another. ... It all adds up to easy eating.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/23/21 Fri, 23 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/22/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/22/21 A prematurely Fall-colored leaf next to a Summer shadow on the trail to the beaver pond...a preview of the season turning the corner.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/22/21 Thu, 22 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/21/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/21/21 SPEAK UP - Male Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker speaks out about something. The birds have been spending time in the trees with fruit  instead of hanging at the feeders.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/21/21 Wed, 21 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/20/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/20/21 HEY BABY - An immature Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker growing into his male colored plumage. Fledgling birds of many species are showing up in the yard as summer starts to wind down.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/20/21 Tue, 20 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/19/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/19/21 WAXWING TAIL FEATHERS - Carotenoid compounds are common in fruits and seeds and birds' bodies use these carotenoids to produce the range of red to yellow colors in their plumage. The specific fruit and seeds Cedar Waxwings eat produce the color for the yellow tail stripe of the waxwings. These Waxwings were hunting insects on the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/19/21 Mon, 19 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/18/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/18/21 FUNGUS AMONG US - Summer heat and several days of rain have lots of mushrooms popping up in our New Hampshire forest.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/18/21 Sun, 18 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/17/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/17/21 ITSY BITSY SPIDER - This little guy has been working the Lily blooms. I didn't try to identify or even figure out what it was eating on the Lily bloom...but I thought the juxtaposition was interesting. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/17/21 Sat, 17 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/16/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/16/21 MONARCH ON MILKWEED - We are always happy to see the Monarch butterflies return to the milkweed meadow on Wapack Wilderness. The  female Monarch will lay eggs on the milkweed plants, which will hatch into caterpillars which will metamorphosis into chrysalis to emerge as Monarch butterflies before they migrate south in late summer. I know this is a female because it lacks the black spot along the vein of the hindwing that a male would have.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/16/21 Fri, 16 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/15/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/15/21 BEAVER POND? - When you think of a pond, you think of open water...but the beaver pond is a pond because beavers flooded a low lying forest and the trees that were there are still there after they die. It is great for Herons to build their nests in the dead tree snags. and the beavers love it!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/15/21 Thu, 15 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/14/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/14/21 PREPARING TO FLY - A Heron chick assumes a flight pose in the nest on the beaver pond. The chicks are almost fully feathered and are left in the nest alone most of the time now - presumably to encourage them to get out on their own.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/14/21 Wed, 14 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/13/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/13/21 DILLY FIREWORKS - Blooming Dill plant makes fireworks pattern in the garden. When the blossoms go to seed, we will harvest the dill seed to use in pickles.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/13/21 Tue, 13 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/12/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/12/21 GARDEN PATTERN - Succulent in Vic's garden presents a pattern for today's Photo of the Day.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/12/21 Mon, 12 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/11/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/11/21 POND-SIDE WILDFLOWER - Swamp Candles blooming along the beaver pond. Lysimachia terrestris is in the Primrose family and is found in marshes and along watersides.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/11/21 Sun, 11 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/10/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/10/21 BIRD ON A WIRE -  An American Kestrel hunts from a wire above a farm field along McCoy Road. The Kestrel is one of the smallest falcons in the world and is a dainty eater of grasshoppers and mice. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/10/21 Sat, 10 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/9/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/9/21 SUNBATHING - Immature Red-Bellied Woodpecker suns on a dead limb. Birds spread their wings and soak up the sun on warm days. One likely benefit of sunning is that feather-degrading bacteria are inhibited by sunlight. Other possible reasons include converting vitamin D, and controlling feather lice - either by killing them or causing them to move, making it easier for birds to remove them by preening.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/9/21 Fri, 09 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/8/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/8/21 BUTTERFLY -  Silver-Bordered Fritillary Butterfly on the Asclepias (Butterfly Weed) that we planted for the Monarchs - but we are happy to have any butterflies take advantage of our pollinator garden. Welcome Fritillarys.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/8/21 Thu, 08 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/7/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/7/21 HEY I'M OVER HERE - Juvenile Blue Jay flaps and squawks for attention. We had lots of Blue Jays all year and we are seeing lots of immature Blue Jays in the yard now.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/7/21 Wed, 07 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/6/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/6/21 I'VE GOT YOUR SIX - Heron chicks huddle back to back in the nest on the beaver pond. The chicks spend lots of time alone in the nest while the parents hunt for food. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/6/21 Tue, 06 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/5/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/5/21 AERIAL DELIVERY - Eastern Kingbird feeds chicks in the nest on the beaver pond. Kingbirds are insect eaters - catching them on the fly. They feed their chicks on the wing as well, depositing the captured insects directly into the chicks open beaks.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/5/21 Mon, 05 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/4/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/4/21 NO ROOF - Heron chick in a soaked nest after two days of steady rain. The chicks have feathers, but stuck in the nest in the rain while parents hunt for food, has to be a chilly drag.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/4/21 Sun, 04 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/3/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/3/21 WELCOME WATER - After a long, hot dry spell, a steady, day-long rain put some water in the brook from the beaver pond. The "potentially drought-ending" rainfall brought a welcome cool-down for the holiday weekend.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/3/21 Sat, 03 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/2/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/2/21 HAPPY DAY LILY - The Day Lilies are beginning to bloom. Have a happy Day Lily day!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/2/21 Fri, 02 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/1/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/1/21 SPEAKIN' UP FOR YOURSELF - Heron chick getting vocal about the delay in being fed. Heron chicks grow quickly and beg loudly if an adult is near the nest with food.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/7/potd-7/1/21 Thu, 01 Jul 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/30/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/30/21 HEY CHICKS - Turkey Chicks showed up in the yard today. The Momma Turkeys occasionally bring their chicks to the yard to scratch under the bird feeders. This year a pair of female turkeys brought five chicks to the yard.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/30/21 Wed, 30 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/29/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/29/21 ON HER NEST - Red-Eyed Vireo barely visible in her intricately woven, pendulous, open-cup nest. This one is in a young Oak tree along the path to our garden..

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/29/21 Tue, 29 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/28/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/28/21 FEED ME - Female Hairy Woodpecker feeds juvenile. Lots of baby woodpeckers at the feeders now.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/28/21 Mon, 28 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/27/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/27/21 WHAT'S UP? - CONTINUED - When I had a question about the behavior of a woodpecker stretched out on a branch in yesterday's POTD - I reached out to a Naturalist we know and determined that the birds were probably just taking advantage of a cool, sunny day. Now that Summer is officially here, we can all stretch out in the sunshine like this Downy Woodpecker sunning on a branch.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/27/21 Sun, 27 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/26/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/26/21 NICE TO HAVE A BUDDY - Heron chicks on the beaver pond are big enough to be left alone in the nest while the parents hunt for food. Chicks huddle together for warmth and security as they wait for food to be delivered.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/26/21 Sat, 26 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/25/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/25/21 WHAT'S UP? - I try to determine what is happening in the photos of nature I take. I use field guides, bird behavior books and, of course, Google.  Sometimes the resources don't explain what I am seeing in the photographs. This Red-Bellied Woodpecker, perhaps a juvenile, stretched out on a branch, spread his wings and stuck out his tongue. I could not determine from my research what he was doing, but I thought it was interesting. ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/25/21 Fri, 25 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/24/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/24/21 GOOD DUCK FOOD - Young Wood Duck  eating favorite food - mosquito larvae - on the beaver pond. We love seeing wildlife on the beaver pond - but we especially love the wildlife that helps keep the mosquitos down. ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/24/21 Thu, 24 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/23/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/23/21 SHAKE IT OFF -  A White-Breasted Nuthatch does a preening shake. Birds spend up to 20 percent of each day preening. A session of preening often ends with the bird leaning forward, raising all of the feathers away from the body, and shaking like a wet dog.  This Nuthatch demonstrates. ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/23/21 Wed, 23 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/22/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/22/21 HAPPY SUMMER - Coreopsis blooms in the summer sun. Monday was the first day of Summer - following the Summer Solstice. Solstice is the day the sun is farthest from the equator.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/22/21 Tue, 22 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/21/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/21/21 SINGIN' FOR SUMMER - Male Cardinal finds the highest branch to sing out for the first day of Summer. After the Summer Solstice at 11:45PM Sunday, today is the first day of Summer...the longest day of the year.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/21/21 Mon, 21 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/20/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/20/21 HAPPY FATHER'S DAY - Here's to all the Dads out there bringing home the bacon!  Dads of many bird species share in raising of young - this Red-Bellied Woodpecker has been feeding his fledging chick near the bird feeders and teaching the chick where to get food.  Here's to all the DADS!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/20/21 Sun, 20 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/19/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/19/21 BEAVER POND ORCHID - We watch for the Rose Pogonia blooming on the beaver pond every year. This wild, wetland orchid, like others, suffers from degradation of habitat and over collection. We are very protective of the ones on the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/19/21 Sat, 19 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/18/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/18/21 DUCKY - Young Wood Duck on the beaver pond. Ducklings show amazing precocity  - feeding themselves and diving skillfully shortly after hatching.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/18/21 Fri, 18 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/17/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/17/21 BABY BIRD TIME - Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker feeds newly fledged chick. Woodpeckers bring their young to the trees with suet, and in this case, fruit - as dad was feeding this young woodpecker orange.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/17/21 Thu, 17 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/16/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/16/21 MOMBRELLA - Heron chicks huddle up under mother Heron during a rain squall on the beaver pond. The chicks won't be big enough to leave the nest for a couple more weeks, so parents take turns keeping watch and feeding them.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/16/21 Wed, 16 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/15/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/15/21 FOOD FIGHT - Common Grackle (left) in a stand-off with a female Red-Bellied Woodpecker. Grackles can be bullies at feeders and usually prevail in confrontations with smaller birds. This Red-Bellied Woodpecker was not so easily bumped off the suet and stood her ground at the food source she was claiming.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/15/21 Tue, 15 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/14/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/14/21 BONUS DAY ON THE BEAVER POND - Fluffy, fair-weather clouds are always welcome to spice up the photo - add a reflection - and nature photos shoot themselves. ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/14/21 Mon, 14 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/13/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/13/21 TAKING CARE - Momma Heron taking care of small chicks in the nest on the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/13/21 Sun, 13 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/12/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/12/21 OH DEER - Young doe curious to be spotted on the road.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/12/21 Sat, 12 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/11/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/11/21 CAN YOU GROW INTO THAT BEAK? - Heron chick with a beak almost as big as the parent...has some growing to do.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/11/21 Fri, 11 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/10/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/10/21 BRINGING HOME THE BACON - Female Bluebird brings her catch back to the nest hole on the beaver pond. The male Bluebird is also bringing insects to the nest hole - as males are very active in feeding and caring for chicks.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/10/21 Thu, 10 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/9/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/9/21 BABY ROBIN - A fledgling Robin near the nest on our solar array. The young bird flew off - maybe for the first time - shortly after the photo was taken.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/9/21 Wed, 09 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/8/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/8/21 PORCUPINE IN A PEAR TREE - We caught a small Porcupine in our Asian Pear tree near the garden this morning. Common Porcupines eat green plants, twigs, buds and bark of trees. They have done fatal damage to trees in our yard in the past - so we "encouraged" this guy to move along with a gentle spray from the garden hose and and sent him on his way to eat a tree we didn't plant for fruit.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/8/21 Tue, 08 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/7/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/7/21 TRANQUILITY - Fragrant Water-Lily bloom on the beaver pond. The water lilies are just starting to bloom and make for a contemplative scene among the lily pads - perfect for tranquil gazing. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/7/21 Mon, 07 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/6/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/6/21 BLUEBIRDS, like many other species, build their nests inside a cavity. This is usually an old woodpecker hole - like the one on the beaver pond where we saw this pair yesterday. Both birds were bringing bugs back to the nest, and in this case, the male fed the female, who waited in the entrance for him to bring food.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/6/21 Sun, 06 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/5/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/5/21 TURTLE LOVE - A large Snapping Turtle showed up in the yard today. We see her every year, up from the beaver pond to lay eggs. Our field guide says, females, mainly in June, will search open areas far from water to lay eggs. This is the third year straight we have seen this turtle on the yard.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/5/21 Sat, 05 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/4/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/4/21 PURPLE FINCH? - The state bird of New Hampshire, the Purple Finch, is not really purple. Why the name? The species name, purpureus, comes from Latin and means “crimson” or other reddish color. Our word “purple,” meaning a color obtained from mixing red and blue, derives from the Latin, purpureus. The Purple Finch is really a crimson colored finch.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/4/21 Fri, 04 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/3/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/3/21 THE CHICKS - Herons chicks waiting to be fed. I check on Heron nests on a couple of beaver ponds - and when I checked back on this one, I found the chicks in this nest surprisingly large already.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/3/21 Thu, 03 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/2/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/2/21 FALLNG WATER - Waterfalls are tranquil places and when rain swells the beaver pond, the brook from the beaver pond has cascading waterfalls. We love this spot we call tumbling dice for the square-ish rocks. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/2/21 Wed, 02 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/1/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/1/21 BUNCHES OF BUNCHBERRIES - Blooming Bunchberries remind me of Dogwood tree blooms in Indiana - for good reason - because Bunchberry,  Cornus canadensis, is in the Dogwood family and is abundant in New Hampshire woods.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/6/potd-6/1/21 Tue, 01 Jun 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/31/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/31/21 MEMORIAL DAY 2021

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/31/21 Mon, 31 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/30/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/30/21 WINGING IT - Male Pileated Woodpecker with a wing out sunning or preening - field guides say they do both - preening at least 10 percent of the time for feather care or sunning, likely also for feather maintenance. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/30/21 Sun, 30 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/29/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/29/21 CHIP SIP -  A Chipmunk takes advantage of the bird bath for a sip. The Eastern Chipmunk is in the Squirrel family and the Chipmunks in our yard have a pretty good life.  

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/29/21 Sat, 29 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/28/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/28/21 CARDINAL RULE - The male Cardinal has been pretty regular around the yard recently...but our friend's grandmother died recently - and the folk saying about seeing a Cardinal being a sign from someone who has passed away makes us think this Cardinal sighting is for her. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/28/21 Fri, 28 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/27/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/27/21 BEAVER POND VERSION OF MATERNITY WARD AND NERVOUS DAD - Since male and female Great Blue Herons basically look alike - it is not always possible to determine exactly what I'm seeing in my heron photos. I've been watching the beaver pond herons for many years now - and this looks like a female sitting on eggs with a male posted nearby. The males deliver food to the female on the nest - then both parents hunt and bring food to the chicks.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/27/21 Thu, 27 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/26/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/26/21 PAIR OF SLIPPERS - Twin blooming Pink Lady's Slippers...aka Pink Moccasin Flower...next to the beaver pond. In the Orchid family, we look forward to their late Spring arrival.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/26/21 Wed, 26 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/25/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/25/21 GRAND MONADNOCK MOUNTAIN is grand under a late Spring New Hampshire sky from McCoy Road.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/25/21 Tue, 25 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/24/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/24/21 Cascading Wisteria blooms above our back door. We've been in this house for 25 years - and the Wisteria has never bloomed at all - never mind, like this! We had some big trees taken down for our solar array, so we think the extra sun may be the reason for the blooming. But, The gracious woman who planted this wisteria some 38 years ago, Becky Nussdorfer, died recently - so we want to think the special blooming this year is in tribute to her.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/24/21 Mon, 24 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/23/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/23/21 BUGGING OUT - Female Baltimore Oriole hunts bugs in the Mountain Ash tree. Many birds change their diets from bird feeders to primarily insects as they nest and breed.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/23/21 Sun, 23 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POOTD 5/22/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/pootd-5/22/21 EATING WHAT YOU NEED - Male Cardinal eating leaves...bird behavior books say birds eat leaves and other plant material.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/pootd-5/22/21 Sat, 22 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/21/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/21/21 ORANGE YOU GLAD? - Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker enjoys oranges we put out for the Orioles. We've seen other woodpeckers, as well as the Orioles, eating the oranges.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/21/21 Fri, 21 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/20/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/20/21 FREDDY EDDY - A Green Frog hangs out in an eddy on the brook from the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/20/21 Thu, 20 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/19/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/19/21 IT'S THAT EARLY ONE - An American Robin snaps up an earthworm. David Sibley's book said it had been calculated that a single Robin can eat 14 feet of earthworms in a day. The Robins in our yard seem to be working constantly to live up to the calculation.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/19/21 Wed, 19 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/18/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/18/21 THERE'S GOLD IN THEM WOODS - Goldthread blooms along the brook from the beaver pond. Goldthread is a low-growing perennial herb. Three-part leaves resemble those of wild strawberry but are evergreen and glossy. Solitary white flowers are ½ inch wide with five to seven petals, appearing in the spring. Shallow rhizomes are slender and bright yellow.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/18/21 Tue, 18 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/17/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/17/21 BIRDS AND THE BEES - BIRD EDITION - Tree Swallows mate on the beaver pond. Send the children to the other room and dim the lights, the birds are doing it.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/17/21 Mon, 17 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/1621 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/1621 WANNA DANCE ? - Male Baltimore Oriole in courtship as he faces the female and bows deeply with tail spread and wings partly open. Migratory birds, like Orioles, attract females for mating with their brightly colored feathers and elaborate courtship displays.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/1621 Sun, 16 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/15/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/15/21  

 

CAN JUST REACH - Female Hummingbird reaches to preen her tail. Birds spend at least 10 percent of their day preening their feathers. Preening effectively combs the feathers into place and cleans out any dirt and debris that might be stuck there. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/15/21 Sat, 15 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/14/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/14/21 FALL IN  - Gooslings fall in behind Mom on Mill Pond. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/14/21 Fri, 14 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/13/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/13/21 Maybe I should call it BPOTD...Bird Photo of the Day...since the POTD is so frequently a bird photo, like this one of a male Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker. It is just that we find birds amazing and the birds that are all around us in the New Hampshire forest are quite photogenic. So, here's another photo of a pretty bird. ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/13/21 Thu, 13 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/12/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/12/21 SITTING ON NESTS - Herons at the beaver pond are sitting on nests. After reconstructing several nests this year - it appears the females have settled onto them. It will still be a few weeks before we expect to see chicks.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/12/21 Wed, 12 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/11/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/11/21 HUMMER TONGUE - Hummingbirds feed by dipping their long slender tongues into the nectar inside a flower - or a sugar-water filled hummingbird feeder. The Hummingbird extends the tongue up to twenty times per second - a lot faster than we could count - so I photograph Hummingbirds in "burst" mode to catch when they flip their tongues.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/11/21 Tue, 11 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/10/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/10/21 ROSY MAY COLORS - Painted Trillium blooming along the brook from the beaver pond and the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak share a similar rose color.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/10/21 Mon, 10 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/9/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/9/21 We had a male Baltimore Oriole show up last week...and I read that Baltimore Orioles mate for life - BUT - because their survival rate is only 50% - their "life" together may only be one breeding season. So only a 25%  chance they will both make it back to mate again. Hurrah!!!! Because we saw a female Oriole return yesterday... we are thinking our pair has beaten the odds!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/9/21 Sun, 09 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/8/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/8/21 DAY DRINKIN' - Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker drinks from a tree limb scar on a maple tree. All birds need water - and woodpeckers usually find natural sources rather than the bird bath most of the other birds use.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/8/21 Sat, 08 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/7/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/7/21
SHOWY MALE - Buntings, like this male Indigo Bunting, are strongly sexually dimorphic - the males and females look different - and studies have shown this is linked to migration. More than three-quarters of migratory birds are dimorphic, while over three-quarters of sedentary species are not. With migratory birds, males arrive on the breeding grounds first and establish a territory, females come a few days later and select a mate. The most attractive males are more likely to be chosen, and more quickly, which drives evolution of more showy plumage in the males.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/7/21 Fri, 07 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/6/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/6/21 TICKLEWEED? - False Hellebore coming up on the edge of the beaver pond catches fallen maple blossoms. False Hellebore, Veratrum viride, is toxic to animals - and may be the reason it has come to be known by so many names in it's native range, including Indian Poke, corn-lily, Poor Annie, devils bite, itch-weed and tickleweed.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/6/21 Thu, 06 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/5/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/5/21 THE OTHER END - I was scouting for blooming wildflowers at the far end of the beaver pond Tuesday...a tranquil place.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/5/21 Wed, 05 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/4/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/4/21 GROSBEAK BACK - We are always amazed - but no longer surprised - when birds come back in the Spring at almost EXACTLY the same time. We saw Spring's first male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak last May 2nd - and this one showed up yesterday on May 2.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/4/21 Tue, 04 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/3/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/3/21 BLUE BIRD DAY - We had a Blue Bird Day Sunday - with more Spring birds arriving - and we don't normally have Bluebirds, so we were especially happy to see this male,  AND a female looking for nesting boxes.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/3/21 Mon, 03 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/2/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/2/21 GREAT BLUE HERON uses his 6' wingspan - landing on a branch near his nest on the beaver pond. The Herons have built 3 new nests in the past week so I expect to see females sitting on them soon. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/2/21 Sun, 02 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/1/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/1/21 SPRING BLOOMS EMERGING - Hobblebush Virburnum beginning to bloom along the brook. The name Hobblebush refers to the fact that the plant has pendulous branches which form obstacles which easily trip (or hobble) walkers. This plant is also known as Witch-Hobble, Moosewood, and Alder-leaved Viburnum. Some field guides list the scientific name of this plant as Viburnum alnifolium.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/5/potd-5/1/21 Sat, 01 May 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/30/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/30/21 CHIPPING SPARROW - Cute little red-headed sparrow, the Chipping Sparrow is one of the early Spring birds to arrive. Primarily ground feeders, sparrows tend to forage in small groups.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/30/21 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/29/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/29/21 SHE LIKES BUGS - An Eastern Phoebe perches - ready to launch after bugs she catches in mid-air. Phoebes are small fly-catchers that build nests on man-made structures. The Phoebes that come back to our yard every year use the same nest on the back of the carport.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/29/21 Thu, 29 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/28/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/28/21 RELAX, KICK BACK - This Painted Turtle stretches his hind legs out to relax on the beaver pond. Sunny days are for relaxing ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/28/21 Wed, 28 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/27/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/27/21 WHEW!!! - Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird rests after his first showing of the season in New Hampshire yesterday. The males always arrive first - and this one came a couple of days earlier than last year.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/27/21 Tue, 27 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/26/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/26/21 SLIGHTLY IRIDESCENT - A Common Grackle struts in the sun.  Grackles look all black until the sun strikes, giving their feathers an iridescent glow. Iridescence (also known as goniochromism) is the phenomenon of certain surfaces that appear to gradually change color as the angle of view or the angle of illumination changes. The iridescence of Grackle's feathers comes from the interaction of light waves with the microscopic structure of the feathers so that only certain wavelengths are reflected.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/26/21 Mon, 26 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/25/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/25/21 ROCKIN' ROBIN - Early colonists in North America called this bird "robin" because it has a reddish breast like the European Robin they knew from home. The two species are not closely related but the name stuck.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/25/21 Sun, 25 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/24/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/24/21 FISHIN' SEASON - Kingfishers are back on the beaver pond. This female, with her rufous belt extending onto her sides was at the beaver pond yesterday. Kingfishers dive headfirst into water to seize small fish. We usually hear them before we see them because of their loud woody rattle.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/24/21 Sat, 24 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/23/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/23/21 FRIENDLY REMINDER - The beaver shows up now and then, just to remind us that it IS a beaver pond. Beavers are North America's largest rodent.  They are mostly active evenings and at night, but we saw him cruising the pond on a sunny afternoon.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/23/21 Fri, 23 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/22/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/22/21 GOLDFINCH GOLD - Male Goldfinch feathers are bright yellow at the tip (the part that is exposed) and bright white at the base. The way the feathers are arranged on the bird, the yellow tips of several feathers overlap. Some light reflects off the outer yellow feather surface of each feather, and light that passes through is reflected back out by the bright white of the feather bases. The feathers of a goldfinch essentially form a translucent yellow film with backlighting. (from David Allen Sibley - What it's Like to Be a Bird)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/22/21 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/21/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/21/21 SPRING UNFOLDS in New Hampshire one thing at a time...and when the Painted Turtles start sunning on a log another Spring Thing is happening. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/21/21 Wed, 21 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/20/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/20/21 LOVE THE HERONS - Herons around the beaver pond are perching in trees claiming nests.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/20/21 Tue, 20 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/19/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/19/21 HEY CHIPPY - All of our old friends are returning...this Chipping Sparrow is a regular Spring yard bird.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/19/21 Mon, 19 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/18/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/18/21 ON APRIL 17TH? - Cardinal appears to look up at falling snow...which may have taken Spring by surprise.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/18/21 Sun, 18 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POD 4/17/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/pod-4/17/21 WHOA SNOW - Maple tree blooms held on to some of the 13" of Friday's wet snow. While we think it should not be snowing in mid-April - my Facebook memories showed snow on Daffodils on this day last year.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/pod-4/17/21 Sat, 17 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/16/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/16/21 DEW ON THE DAFFYS - A couple of wet days had the Daffodils drooping Thursday and snow is forecast overnight - so the water drops will be covered in snow - not really too unusual for mid-April in New Hampshire.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/16/21 Fri, 16 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/15/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/15/21 BLOODROOT BLOOMS in Vic's garden

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/15/21 Thu, 15 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/14/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/14/21 TAKE OFF - Jake Turkey uses a running takeoff technique.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/14/21 Wed, 14 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/13/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/13/21 Our Pussy Willow (Salix discolor)  in bloom in in our garden. The petalless male flowers are covered with pollen-bearing stamens.
 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/13/21 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/12/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/12/21 TALK, TALK, TALKING - A Common Grackle speaks out on s Spring day.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/12/21 Mon, 12 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/11/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/11/21 Maple blooms match the Cardinal red as Spring unfolds in New Hampshire. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/11/21 Sun, 11 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/10/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/10/21 GOIN' FISHIN' - Heron snags a fish as a Canada Goose fishes in the same shallow.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/10/21 Sat, 10 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/9/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/9/21 FAMILY FIGHT - Grackles are flock birds...so you might think they would play well with others...but these Common Grackles were aggressive about defending the suet feeder.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/9/21 Fri, 09 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/8/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/8/21 ON THE NEST -  Great Blue Herons usually nest in trees that are standing in water to gain some protection from ground predators. Herons have benefited from the resurgence of beavers in New England, as beavers create new wetlands with lots of standing dead trees, perfect for Heron nests.  I've photographed nesting Herons on the beaver pond behind our house for several years and it appears a female Heron is sitting on the nest there now.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/8/21 Thu, 08 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/7/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/7/21 EASTER TULIPS - Say no more. Happy Spring!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/7/21 Wed, 07 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/6/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/6/21 CHICKADEE AT SAPSUCKER WELLS  - Yesterday's POTD of a Sapsucker called out the benefit Sapsucker wells are to other birds and insects...as evidenced by this Chickadee at the Spring-fed Sapsucker wells of a White Birch tree. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/6/21 Tue, 06 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/5/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/5/21 HEY SUCKA - The Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker is back. Their name comes from the distinctive habit of drilling rows of shallow holes in trees and returning regularly to drink the sap and eat insects attracted to the holes. The sap wells make the sap available to any other birds and animals in the area that leads ecologists to call the Sapsuckers a keystone species.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/5/21 Mon, 05 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/4/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/4/21 SAP SEASON - Maple trees are tapped in New England...and the birds take advantage of the sap moving. White Breasted Nuthatch drinks from a "sap-cicle" of melting frozen maple sap.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/4/21 Sun, 04 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/3/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/3/21 AT GARDEN CENTER - I was in the car while Vic bought cat food...and the Pansies and tulips at the farm store brought a Spring smile!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/3/21 Sat, 03 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/2/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/2/21 BEAR WITH ME - We had our first bear sighting of the season....with a medium-size Yogi scouting out our yard. Nothing to see here Buddy...just move on along...hoping he won't hang around to interrupt our daytime bird feeding.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/2/21 Fri, 02 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/1/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/1/21 SINGING WOODY - Male Wood Ducks elaborate coloration is a product of evolution and female choice. The male plays no role in raising the young, so a female chooses a mate based largely on his attractiveness. Over millions of generations, as females continually choose males that stand out from the flock, the process can lead to strikingly beautiful birds like the male Wood Duck.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/4/potd-4/1/21 Thu, 01 Apr 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/31/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/31/21 FINCH RETURN -  We welcomed back this male Goldfinch...growing into his bright Spring plumage. Goldfinches molt twice a year - this time of year the males are shedding their drab winter plumage for their bright yellow summer plumage. YAY Spring!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/31/21 Wed, 31 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/30/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/30/21 FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREAKDOWN - Fog on the beaver pond after the ice has melted.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/30/21 Tue, 30 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/29/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/29/21 RETURN PAIR - We were excited to see BOTH Cardinals today as "our" birds are returning this Spring. Mr. Cardinal usually gets the attention, but Ms. Cardinal is certainly a looker. ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/29/21 Mon, 29 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/28/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/28/21 NEW HAMPSHIRE BLOOMS - Crocus blooms present a picture of Spring in New Hampshire.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/28/21 Sun, 28 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/27/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/27/21 DUCKS ARE BACK - We have been seeing more kinds of ducks around as the ice melts and there is more open water everywhere...this male Common Merganser on the Contoocook River in Peterborough.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/27/21 Sat, 27 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/26/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/26/21 BUFFLEHEAD DUCK on Mill Pond...

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/26/21 Fri, 26 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POYD 3/25/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/poyd-3/25/21 STILL WINTER LOOKING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE - After a few nice, warm days, we might think it is Spring in New Hampshire...but a winter looking sky reminds us to be ready for more un-Spring like weather. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/poyd-3/25/21 Thu, 25 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/24/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/24/21 FOX Sparrow  - showed up today...on the same day he showed up in my Facebook memories from last year. We Love nature cycles.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/24/21 Wed, 24 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/23/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/23/21 QUITE A PAIR - A pair of Hooded Mergansers swim in unison on Mill Pond on a beautiful Monday in New Hampshire.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/23/21 Tue, 23 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/22/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/22/21 I SAW MY FIRST ROBIN TODAY  and I love seeing signs of Spring after a long and especially trying winter.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/22/21 Mon, 22 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/21/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/21/21 OUTTA HERE - Female turkey launches out of a maple tree..not sure what scared them into the tree to begin with - but several of them came flying over the roof .

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/21/21 Sun, 21 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/20/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/20/21 UNCOVERED - A Spruce cone is left uncovered by melting ice and snow as winter recedes in New Hampshire.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/20/21 Sat, 20 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/19/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/19/21 AND OUR EYES MET...A young doe stops to check me out before scampering off over the ridge.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/19/21 Fri, 19 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/18/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/18/21 TECHNICOLOR TURKEY - A young male Turkey starting to grow into his mating colors. Male turkeys have a vivid color display during mating season (which is starting now) and change color in the face and neck when aroused. Beautiful in an odd way.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/18/21 Thu, 18 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/17/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/17/21 BROWN CREEPER scavenges under the suet...where we most often spot it, per it's habit of flying to the base of a tree to creep up it...only to fly to the base of another tree to creep up it.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/17/21 Wed, 17 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT
pOTD 3/16/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/16/21 TURKEY LURKEY - The Turkey hens are back...a flock of 13 have been hanging in the yard, pecking under the bird feeders.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/16/21 Tue, 16 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/15/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/15/21 FIRST DUCK BACK - A lone male Hooded Merganser on the edge of the ice on Mill Pond Sunday. Mergansers are often the first ducks we see in Spring and we expect to see him joined by others in the next few days - as we see more open water.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/15/21 Mon, 15 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/14/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/14/21 BIG WOODPECKER - The largest of North American woodpeckers - this male Pileated Woodpecker was drumming a territorial Spring tune, which gave away his location in a dead pine tree off our garden. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/14/21 Sun, 14 Mar 2021 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/13/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/13/21 TUFTED TITMOUSE - HAPPY SPRING!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/13/21 Sat, 13 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/12/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/12/21 SIGNS OF SPRING - Snow Drop blooms have finally been uncovered by melted snow. With longer days and later sunsets, more signs of Spring every day.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/12/21 Fri, 12 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/11/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/11/21 THOSE BIRD NAMES - Red-bellied Woodpecker shows why he is named red-bellied - even though he has a red head (cuz' Red-headed was already taken by a woodpecker with a completely red head)...;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/11/21 Thu, 11 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/10/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/10/21 POND PUDDLE REFLECTION  - The beaver pond is still frozen over - but a few mild days have created puddles for reflections in the melt on the surface. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/10/21 Wed, 10 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/9/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/9/21 HEY CHIP - When we saw Chipmunks out and about - we took it as a sign that Spring may really come. ;-) Think Spring thoughts!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/9/21 Tue, 09 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/8/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/8/21 OUR CLIVIA IS BLOOMING - It takes a long time before Clivia plants bloom - so it's worth a photo when she blooms.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/8/21 Mon, 08 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/7/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/7/21 ICY - Nice days and cold nights and the ice on the brook from the beaver pond is making interesting patterns.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/7/21 Sun, 07 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/6/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/6/21 Male and female White-breasted Nuthatches are quite similar in every way. Usually the only way to tell them apart is by the color of the crown. The male ( I think this one is) has a shiny black crown, while the female's is gray.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/6/21 Sat, 06 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/5/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/5/21 SHOWING JUST A GLIMPSE of his namesake red belly - this Red-bellied Woodpecker climbs a maple tree on a sunny New Hampshire afternoon.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/5/21 Fri, 05 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/4/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/4/21 BLUE JAY - This has been a big year for Blue Jays in our yard.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/4/21 Thu, 04 Mar 2021 11:13:58 GMT
POTD3/3/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd3/3/21 NOT CREEPY - One of our favorite birds, the Brown Creeper does his thing creeping up the side of the maple tree. They hug the bark, staying very close to the tree and leaning in to peer under bark scales and into furrows, then using their long curved and pointed bill to extract tiny spiders, insects and eggs.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd3/3/21 Wed, 03 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/2/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/2/21 HEY SUNSET - Coming later every day...we LOVE watching the sunset through the forest.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/2/21 Tue, 02 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/1/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/1/21 TUFTED TITMOUSE on the edge of the yard.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/3/potd-3/1/21 Mon, 01 Mar 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/28/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/28/21 FLAKES - Squirrel uses his dexterity to his advantage eating out of the bird feeder in the snow.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/28/21 Sun, 28 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/27/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/27/21 GREAT DAY TO BE A MOUNTAIN - Monadnock Mountain snow-covered on a sunny New Hampshire day.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/27/21 Sat, 27 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/26/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/26/21 PINK OYSTER MUSHROOMS that we grew from a kit on our kitchen counter...a Covid stay-at-home pastime like baking bread and buying ukuleles (which we also did) ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/26/21 Fri, 26 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POD 2/25/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/pod-2/25/21 CLOUDS - The great Joni Mitchell song - "I've looked at clouds from both sides now" - taking time to enjoy the clouds.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/pod-2/25/21 Thu, 25 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/24/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/24/21 LOVEY DOVEY - Mourning Dove on the edge of the yard in evening light.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/24/21 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/23/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/23/21 OH MOON - Precocious maple tree buds are the foreground for a waxing February Moon.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/23/21 Tue, 23 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/22/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/22/21 MARDI GRAS MAKE-UP - A sun catcher in the greenhouse puts "make up" on Kaz.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/22/21 Mon, 22 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/21/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/21/21 CAUGHT DRINKIN' - Squirrels get as much feed from our bird feeders as the birds do - and they drink from the heated water bowl too!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/21/21 Sun, 21 Feb 2021 11:43:12 GMT
POTD 2/20/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/20/21 FOREST SUNRISE - It is easy to have a bright outlook on the day with a pretty sunrise. Happy Saturday Sunrise!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/20/21 Sat, 20 Feb 2021 12:09:49 GMT
POTD 2/19/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/1921 PUFFED UP AGAINST THE COLD - Birds fluff their feathers in extreme cold to create a thicker coat for better insulation...as this Blue Jay is doing today.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/1921 Fri, 19 Feb 2021 12:58:55 GMT
POTD 2/18/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/18/21 COVID POTD - The Picture of the Day is Vic's parking lot Covid vaccination yesterday. I got mine also in the Keene State athletics complex parking lot. Back to nature tomorrow.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/18/21 Thu, 18 Feb 2021 12:00:04 GMT
POTD 2/17/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/17/21 STILL PRETTY IN THE WOODS - Everyone in the country is tired of snow right now - but the snow covered brook is nicer to see than photos of snow plows and shovelers. Looking for the beauty!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/17/21 Wed, 17 Feb 2021 12:10:06 GMT
POTD 2/16/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/16/21 ENOUGH ALREADY - This Turkey looks like most of us feel today - enough of this nasty winter weather!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/16/21 Tue, 16 Feb 2021 13:03:03 GMT
POTD 2/15/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/15/21 WINTER ON THE BEAVER POND - Winter sky over the frozen, snow covered beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/15/21 Mon, 15 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/14/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/14/21 SERVING DRINKS - Birds need water in winter - so we provide a heated water bowl - which this Blue Jay visits frequently.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/14/21 Sun, 14 Feb 2021 11:41:21 GMT
POTD 2/13/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/13/21 FLY HIGH SKY - The winter sky is not always dreary and gray.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/13/21 Sat, 13 Feb 2021 11:48:51 GMT
POTD 2/12/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/12/21 Red-breasted Nuthatch -Nutchatches spend a lot of time clinging to the bark of trees.  When they visit feeders, they quickly grab a seed and fly back to a tree, wedging the seed into a bark crevice, they pound it open with their bill. This is apparently the origin of the name - they are really nut hackers.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/12/21 Fri, 12 Feb 2021 12:02:35 GMT
POTD 2/11/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/11/21 BROOK INSPIRATION - The brook from the beaver pond is the inspiration to imagine a symmetrical world.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/11/21 Thu, 11 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/10/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/10/21 HEY CHICK - A Chickadee is a bright spot on a snowy day.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/10/21 Wed, 10 Feb 2021 11:37:23 GMT
POTD 2/9/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/9/21  

ONCE MORE WITH PERSONALITY - A Tiufted Titmouse in the Wolf Eye Dogwood.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/9/21 Tue, 09 Feb 2021 11:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/8/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/8/21 EVERYBODY STOPS HERE - Today's visitor to the feeder hook is a Slate-colored Junco, braving the snow.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/8/21 Mon, 08 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/7/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/7/21 SUNNY DAY with "photo clouds" - We LOVE sunny winter days (we have a solar array)...but a few clouds make for better photographs. ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/7/21 Sun, 07 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/6/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/6/21 HEAVY SNOW did not stop the squirrel balancing on the feeder hook before raiding the tube feeders.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/6/21 Sat, 06 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/5/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/5/21 FROST ON THE MOUNTAIN - New Ipswich Mountain is covered with frost above the beaver pond. It is winter in New Hampshire.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/5/21 Fri, 05 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/4/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/4/21 NEEDED SHOW SHOES for our walk today. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/4/21 Thu, 04 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/3/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/3/21 WE GOT SNOWED - Heavy overnight snow left 16" - so most of the day was taken up with clean-up. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/3/21 Wed, 03 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/2/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/2/21 SNOW TO ME - Male Cardinal sits out a snow squall...with more snow on the way.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/2/21 Tue, 02 Feb 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/1/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/1/21 WINTER SKY TREES along McCoy Road Sunday afternoon.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/2/potd-2/1/21 Mon, 01 Feb 2021 00:26:35 GMT
POTD 1/31/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/31/21 HOARFROST at the edge of the beaver pond makes patterns on the surface.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/31/21 Sun, 31 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/30/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/30/21 BRRRRR - It got warm enough for the icicles to drip...but New Hampshire was cold today.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/30/21 Sat, 30 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/29/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/29/21 CREEPER - Small and camouflaged, the Brown Creeper is barely noticed even though it is found in wooded areas throughout most of North America. One of our favorite birds - it is difficult to spot (and photograph) - but always a joy when we see it climbing the bark of a maple in the yard.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/29/21 Fri, 29 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/28/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/28/21 SNOW JAY - Blue Jay does not seem happy about the snow flakes.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/28/21 Thu, 28 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/27/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/27/21 SHADOWS PAINT THE FROZEN BEAVER POND 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/27/21 Wed, 27 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/26/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/26/21 ICE ART - Ice on the brook from the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/26/21 Tue, 26 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/25/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/25/21 TANGERINE CLOUDS - Lucy's were Tangerine Trees...but people of a certain age may recognize the reference. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/25/21 Mon, 25 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/24/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/24/21 HALF MOON - Waxing January Moon

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/24/21 Sun, 24 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/23/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/23/21 FLAKEY - They say every snowflake is unique...I noticed this one on my tail light as I was pumping gas...and it stayed long enough for me to make a quick frame of it.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/23/21 Sat, 23 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/22/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/22/21 CARDINAL RULE - Going by the "photography rule" - if you see a Northern Cardinal - you have to take a photo. Cardinal is named for the bright red color, like the robes of cardinals in the Roman Catholic Church. Always a good day when you see a Cardinal.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/22/21 Fri, 22 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/21/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/21/21 DRIP DRINKING - Chickadee drinks melting icicles on a maple tree branch. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/21/21 Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/20/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/20/21 YEP...IT'S WINTER - Icicles on the brook from the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/20/21 Wed, 20 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/19/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/19/21 Tufted Titmouse carries a seed from the feeder.  Titmice are closely related to Chickadees. As early as the 1300s the name Titmose was in use in England, by combining the Middle English words tit (meaning small) and mose (meaning bird) - literally "small bird". After a century or two, this became Titmouse. Early Europeans in North America used the name titmouse for Chickadees, as well - for example, in 1840 Audubon wrote about the Black-capt Titmouse.l

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/19/21 Tue, 19 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/18/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/18/21 CAN'T TAKE YOU ANYWHERE - One Blue Jay drinks rambunctiously at the heated water bowl.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/18/21 Mon, 18 Jan 2021 11:29:58 GMT
POTD 1/17/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/17/21 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER - Despite the red on her head, this is a Red-bellied Woodpecker.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/17/21 Sun, 17 Jan 2021 11:45:00 GMT
POTD 1/16/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/16/21 DAM! - The dam at the beaver pond...the reason for the pond. One of our naturalist friends said the beaver pond is probably more than 50 years old. We've seen it grow in the 23 years we have lived here.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/16/21 Sat, 16 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/15/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/15/21 Sharp-Shinned Hawk hunting Blue Jays in our yard. We saw evidence that his hunting had been successful.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/15/21 Fri, 15 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/14/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/14/21  

MS. MOOSE - We keep a game camera on the dam of our little pond, as it is a "pinch point" that leads animals past the camera. The camera caught this female Moose passing through.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/14/21 Thu, 14 Jan 2021 12:01:57 GMT
POTD 1/13/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/13/21 EAGLE EYE -  An immature Bald Eagle eyes me from a perch. The term "eagle eyed" has been used since the 1500s, long before the science of eagle vision was known. Now we know eagles have five times more light sensing cells in their eyes than humans - so they see a lot more detail than we can and from lots farther away. This eagle flew after getting a good look at me.

 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/13/21 Wed, 13 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/12/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/12/21 ORANGE YOU GLAD? - When Baltimore Orioles arrived last Spring, we put out oranges since we knew Orioles liked them. Then we noticed woodpeckers - this female Hairy Woodpecker - visiting the oranges, so we have kept them out long after the Orioles moved on and our woodpeckers seem glad.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/12/21 Tue, 12 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/11/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/11/21 RUNNING WATER - Cold nights and warmer days have water flowing past ice formations along the brook from the beaver pond..

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/11/21 Mon, 11 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/10/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/10/21 LOOK UP -  A long dead Pine tree on the side of the beaver pond. I try to remember to look up when I'm looking for photos...

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/10/21 Sun, 10 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/9/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/9/21 DEER TRACKS ON THE BEAVER POND - Tracks on the frozen beaver pond yesterday.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/9/21 Sat, 09 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/8/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/8/21 MOURNING DOVE IN EVENING LIGHT - After watching the news - it feels like a photo of a dove is an appropriate Picture of the Day. Here's to Peace!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/8/21 Fri, 08 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/7/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/7/21 BOOK ENDS - Special sky today...with a colorful sunrise AND sunset.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/7/21 Thu, 07 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/6/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/6/21 WINTER SKY over pruned orchard on McCoy Road

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/6/21 Wed, 06 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/5/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/5/21 Of the Woodpeckers that visit our feeders, the Red-Bellied Woodpecker may be our favorite. This female at the suet in evening light.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/5/21 Tue, 05 Jan 2021 10:56:38 GMT
POTD 1/4/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/4/21 ON ICE - A Chickadee holds a shelled sunflower seed on an ice-covered Magnolia branch. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/4/21 Mon, 04 Jan 2021 11:33:23 GMT
POTD 1/3/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/3/21 DRIPPY for the second day of the New Year! After overnight snow and freezing rain...precocious maple buds dripped with a warmer morning.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/3/21 Sun, 03 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/2/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/2/21 NEW YEAR VIEW of Monadnock Mountain from New Ipswich Mountain on a bright Near Year's Day!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potd-1/2/21 Sat, 02 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/1/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potf-1/1/21 OUT WITH A WHIMPER  - The final evening sky of 2020 was un-spectacular, like the entire year of 2020. Here's to brighter skies in 2021!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2021/1/potf-1/1/21 Fri, 01 Jan 2021 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/31/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/31/20 ICED - Ice forms on branches on the brook from the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/31/20 Thu, 31 Dec 2020 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/30/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/30/20 PUDDLE ART - Patterns in a frozen puddle.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/30/20 Wed, 30 Dec 2020 10:08:28 GMT
POTD 12/29/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/29/20 SUNSET ON 2020 - Spectacular sunset Monday night as the year 2020 comes closer to a close.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/29/20 Tue, 29 Dec 2020 11:53:48 GMT
POTD 12/28/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/28/20 FEEDER FRENZY - Chickadees work the basket feeder. Unlike some birds, Chickadees don't eat at the feeder. They select a seed and take it to a perch to shell - causing them to come and go with frequency.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/28/20 Mon, 28 Dec 2020 11:46:06 GMT
POTD 12/27/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/27/20 WAXING TOWARD FULL MOON - Nearly full moon on Saturday night.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/27/20 Sun, 27 Dec 2020 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/26/20_1 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/26/20_1 CHRISTMAS SKY  - A bright sky to a new year!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/26/20_1 Sat, 26 Dec 2020 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/25/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/25/20 MERRY CHRISTMAS

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/25/20 Fri, 25 Dec 2020 11:43:14 GMT
POTD 12/24/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/24/20 IN FLIGHT - Tufted Titmouse approaches the feeder.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/24/20 Thu, 24 Dec 2020 11:45:43 GMT
POTD 12/23/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/23/20 ON THE ROAD - AGAIN - Turkey flock favors the plowed driveway over foot-deep snow.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/23/20 Wed, 23 Dec 2020 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/22/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/22/20 HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE - Here's to a better year to come!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/22/20 Tue, 22 Dec 2020 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/21/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/21/20 CARDINAL IN THE SNOW - Cardinal is a bright spot on a snowy day.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/21/20 Mon, 21 Dec 2020 11:39:31 GMT
POTD 12/20/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/20/20 HOAR FROST paints the trees on Island Pond Saturday morning.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/20/20 Sun, 20 Dec 2020 11:05:33 GMT
POTD 12/19/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/19/20 WALK IN THE WOODS - Deep snow in the woods makes for a quiet walk...on snow shoes ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/19/20 Sat, 19 Dec 2020 11:16:07 GMT
POTD 12/18/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/18/20 HEY RED - Always a good day when you see a Cardinal.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/18/20 Fri, 18 Dec 2020 11:31:06 GMT
POTD 12/17/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/17/20 FRIUT TREAT - Downy Woodpecker goes for oranges in a suet feeder. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/17/20 Thu, 17 Dec 2020 11:49:43 GMT
POTD 12/16/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/26/20 BIRD FEEDER? - Eastern Gray Squirrel on the tube feeder. The small birds empty this feeder every day - but the Squirrels do their best to help. The field guide calls the Gray Squirrels the most commonly seen mammal in New England.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/26/20 Wed, 16 Dec 2020 12:01:54 GMT
POTD 12/1520 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/1520 BLUE JAY YEAR - It is a big year for Blue Jays - that have been around in big numbers this year as part of a sporadic migration
known as an "irruption" migration.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/1520 Tue, 15 Dec 2020 11:29:13 GMT
POTD 12/14/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/14/20 Hey Beav -The Beaver was out munching twigs in the open water at the dam yesterday.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/14/20 Mon, 14 Dec 2020 11:52:57 GMT
POTD 12/13/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/13/20 Tufted Titmouse is one of our favorite feeder visitors.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/13/20 Sun, 13 Dec 2020 12:04:37 GMT
POTD 12/12/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/12/20 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER - A male Red-bellied Woodpecker shows a dark eyebrow on his bright red head.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/12/20 Sat, 12 Dec 2020 11:46:04 GMT
POTD 12/11/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/11/20 JAYBIRD - Last weekend's snow is hanging around...to be a backdrop for this Blue Jay. Reminds me of a hiker we know that uses Jaybird her trail name.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/11/20 Fri, 11 Dec 2020 11:32:14 GMT
POTDS 12/10/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potds-12/10/20 CHRISTMAS COLORS - Cardinal in the snow invokes the Holiday season. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potds-12/10/20 Thu, 10 Dec 2020 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/9/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/9/20 IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS on the barn... 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/9/20 Wed, 09 Dec 2020 00:25:46 GMT
POTD 12/8/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/8/20 PICKY EATERS ? - Tufted Titmouse taking a seed. According to David Allen Sibley - Titmice pick seeds to take from the feeder judging the weight, as a way of guessing the fat content - fat is denser, so given two similarly sized seeds, the heavier one is likely to have more fat. Bird brain?

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/8/20 Tue, 08 Dec 2020 00:30:20 GMT
POTD12/7/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd12/7/20 CHRISTSMAS ON THE BEAVER POND - Heavy, wet snow on Saturday "decorated" a Christmas-shaped tree on the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd12/7/20 Mon, 07 Dec 2020 11:53:32 GMT
POTD12/6/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd12/6/20 SUNRISE AFTER THE STORM - The "Bomb Cyclone" snow storm hit us hard. No power or internet and two huge trees fell, blocking the carport and driveway. A colorful sunrise this morning made it just a little bit better...and we are supposed to have power restored within the hour. ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd12/6/20 Sun, 06 Dec 2020 18:55:17 GMT
POTD 12/5/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/5/20 BROOK BUBBLES - Recent rain has the brook from the beaver pond flowing - creating an interesting pattern of bubbles on the surface.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/5/20 Sat, 05 Dec 2020 11:29:04 GMT
POTD 12/4/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/4/20 FULL BEAVER MOON - The waning Beaver Moon is still visible Thursday morning. The November full moon was called the Beaver Moon by native Americans as the time beavers would be most active in preparation for winter and the time for them to set traps before the swamps froze to ensure a good supply of furs for the winter.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/4/20 Fri, 04 Dec 2020 11:36:34 GMT
POTD 12/3/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/3/20 RUFFLED FEATHERS - This female Evening Grosbeak was among a group of Evenings passing through on migration.. Evening Grosbeaks are actually large Finches - mis-named because their stout bill so closely resembles Grosbeaks.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/3/20 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 11:38:20 GMT
POTD 12/2/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/2/20 WATER FALLS - The brook from the beaver pond flows from a couple of inches of recent rain.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/2/20 Wed, 02 Dec 2020 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/1/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/1/20 DAY DRINKING - A female Hairy Woodpecker drinks from an open limb scar.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/12/potd-12/1/20 Tue, 01 Dec 2020 11:09:32 GMT
POTD 11/30/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/30/20 New Ipswich Mountain takes on a winter look behind the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/30/20 Mon, 30 Nov 2020 11:20:16 GMT
POTD 11/29/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/29/20 WE NEEDED THE RAIN - We love sunny days - but we have needed rain this season.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/29/20 Sun, 29 Nov 2020 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/28/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/28/20 RED-HEADED STRANGER - Red-bellied Woodpecker at the suet feeder. This male - with his bright red head - might be called red-headed, but he is named for a subtle rose color on his belly.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/28/20 Sat, 28 Nov 2020 11:32:52 GMT
POTD 11/27/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/27/20 A large bill, like this Evening Grosbeak has, is designed for cracking large and hard seeds. The Evening Grosbeak was passing through on his winter migration to make a quick stop at our feeder.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/27/20 Fri, 27 Nov 2020 11:08:39 GMT
POTD 11/26/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/26/20 STOCKING UP -  A Black-capped Chickadee takes a sunflower seed from the feeder. Despite the fact that chickadees are reliable and consistent visitors to our feeders, more than half of their diet year-round is animal prey. In the winter they hunt for dormant tiny insects and spiders, including eggs and larvae, which they find in bark crevices and dead leaf clusters, along twigs and other such places.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/26/20 Thu, 26 Nov 2020 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/25/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/25/20 THREAT DISPLAY - When threatened by an intruder, such as this chipmunk, nuthatches often stand their ground, spreading both wings and swaying back and forth. This makes them look bigger and also reveals an unusual dark and light pattern that might suggest a face. The bluff did not seem to scare this chipper away.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/25/20 Wed, 25 Nov 2020 11:30:47 GMT
PIOTD 11/24/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/piotd-11/24/20 BLUE JAY IRRUPTION? - We have an inordinate amount of Blue Jays in the yard - and thought it may be an irruption migration - when a species leave their typical breeding grounds in large numbers during harsh winters or when food supplies are low.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/piotd-11/24/20 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 11:56:12 GMT
POTD 11/23/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/23/20 OFF TO EAT - Titmice (and Chickadees), unlike many other small birds, do not eat right at the feeder. They carry food away from where they find it, to be consumed on another perch. This Tufted Titmouse takes a seed from a new feeder in the yard.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/23/20 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/22/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/22/20 SKY HIGH - Clouds in the evening sky.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/22/20 Sun, 22 Nov 2020 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/21/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/21/20 DECORATED - Icicle bells decorate the brook from the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/21/20 Sat, 21 Nov 2020 11:33:48 GMT
POTD 11/20/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/20/20 ICED DRINK - Cardinal at the frozen bird bath. Birds need water in winter - and will eat snow and chip ice to get it. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/20/20 Fri, 20 Nov 2020 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/19/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/19/20 WINTER SKY over the beaver pond. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/19/20 Thu, 19 Nov 2020 10:52:31 GMT
POTD 11/18/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/18/20 OH DAM - I make lots of nature photos at the "beaver pond"...and this is the reason there IS a beaver pond. A huge beaver-built dam of sticks and mud that we are told could be over 50 years old. We have seen it get larger in the 23 years we have been checking it out. This little pool under the dam is one of several around the main pond the beavers have built along the brook.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/18/20 Wed, 18 Nov 2020 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/17/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/17/20 WINTER-ISH - Most people are not excited to have winter weather come - especially after the spectacular fall we have had in New England. But, winter is here with ice on the brook from the beaver pond. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/17/20 Tue, 17 Nov 2020 10:00:00 GMT
POTD11/16/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd11/16/20 I've been making mirror image and multiple image photos since the 1970s...and it is much easier in today's "digital darkroom". A Cherry tree in our yard is a frequent sunset foreground subject and this sunset begged for a mirror image treatment.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd11/16/20 Mon, 16 Nov 2020 10:58:23 GMT
POTD 11/15/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/15/20 BIG BIRD, LTTLE PERCH -  We have had a large flock of Blue Jays in our yard recently - making every feeder spot an attraction. This Jay attempts to land on a feeder perch much more appropriate for smaller birds.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/15/20 Sun, 15 Nov 2020 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/14/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/14/20 RAIN - A light rain makes patterns on our little pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/14/20 Sat, 14 Nov 2020 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/13/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/13/20 FOREST SUNSET - With the leaves off the trees, the sunset is all the way to the forest floor.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/13/20 Fri, 13 Nov 2020 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/12/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/12/20 MY LITTLE CHICKADEE - Chickadees that live in winter climates are very diligent about storing food for winter. A single Chickadee can store up to a thousand seeds a day for retrieval later. This strategy is called scatter hoarding, as the birds tuck food away in any crevice where it will fit...and incredibly, can remember where each food item is stored.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/12/20 Thu, 12 Nov 2020 11:23:32 GMT
POTD 11/11/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/11/20 MONADNOCK MOUNTAIN - View of Monadnock Mountain from Stoney Top along the Wapack Range. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/11/20 Wed, 11 Nov 2020 11:31:27 GMT
POTD 11/10/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/10/20 JUNCOS ARE BACK - Slate-colored Junco forages in the yard for seeds. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/10/20 Tue, 10 Nov 2020 11:11:11 GMT
POTD 11/9/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/9/20 WOW SUNSETS - Could be a coincidence, but I'd rather think the colorful sunsets the past couple of days are the sign of better days ahead. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/9/20 Sun, 08 Nov 2020 22:15:44 GMT
POTD 11/8/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/8/20 LUNCH ON THE LAWN - Cardinal gathers seeds in the yard.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/8/20 Sun, 08 Nov 2020 11:06:24 GMT
POTD 11/7/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/7/20 GOLDEN HOUR on the beaver pond. Setting sun brings the color back to New Ipswich Mountain Friday evening.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/7/20 Sat, 07 Nov 2020 11:22:53 GMT
POTD 11/6/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/6/20 EVENING LIGHT - Male Red-bellied Woodpecker in the glow of evening light.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/6/20 Fri, 06 Nov 2020 11:18:12 GMT
POTD 11/5/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/5/20 When threatened, nuthatches often stand their ground spreading both wings and swaying back and forth. This makes them look larger and also reveals an unusual dark and light pattern under the wings that might suggest a face. This White-Breasted Nuthatch employs the technique at the feeder to stake a claim to limited feeder perches.

 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/5/20 Thu, 05 Nov 2020 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/4/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/4/20 MONADNOCK MOUNTAIN - We got off the hill yesterday to vote - and always stop to see what Monadnock looks liken from McCoy Road. It looked fine under a sky full of what I call "photo clouds"! 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/4/20 Wed, 04 Nov 2020 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/3/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/3/20 HELLO NEW DAY - Sunrise over the New Ipswich Mountain is a bright beginning to a new day.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/3/20 Tue, 03 Nov 2020 10:17:46 GMT
POTD 11/2/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/2/20 Oak leaves on the snow - The Oak trees hold their leaves longer than most trees - and a cold night after Friday's snow was the time for them to fall.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/2/20 Mon, 02 Nov 2020 11:15:44 GMT
POTD 11/1/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/1/20 SNOW CONE - Birds eat snow for water...as this Finch was doing during Friday's snow storm. Birds will eat snow - but they must expend energy to melt the snow for water - so we put a heated bird bath on the patio for winter bird watering.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/11/potd-11/1/20 Sun, 01 Nov 2020 09:49:05 GMT
POTD 10/31/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/31/20 AND THEN IT SNOWED - Tufted Titmouse in Friday's snow. All of the sudden, it is Winter!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/31/20 Sat, 31 Oct 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/30/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/30/20 ASPEN LEAF ON THE DRIVEWAY - We needed the rain!

 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/30/20 Fri, 30 Oct 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/29/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/29/20 BEAVER POND FOLIAGE UPDATE - Color is still hanging on at the beaver pond...after most of the leaves have fallen in the forest.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/29/20 Thu, 29 Oct 2020 11:05:58 GMT
POTD 10/28/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/28/20 FALL REFLECTIONS - The last of this year's Fall foliage reflections accent our little pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/28/20 Wed, 28 Oct 2020 10:49:37 GMT
POTD 10/27/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/27/20 BLUEBIRD DAY - Eastern Bluebird hunting from power lines along McCoy Road. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/27/20 Tue, 27 Oct 2020 11:06:38 GMT
POTD 10/26/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/26/20 Cottongrass is one of the last wildflowers - From Wikipedia:

Eriophorum (cottongrasscotton-grass or cottonsedge) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Cyperaceae, the sedge family. They are found throughout the arcticsubarctic, and temperate portions of the Northern Hemisphere in acid bog habitats, being particularly abundant in Arctic tundra regions.[2][3][4][5]

They are herbaceous perennial plants with slender, grass-like leaves. The seed heads are covered in a fluffy mass of cotton-like fibers which are carried on the wind to aid dispersal. In cold Arctic regions, these masses of translucent fibres also serve as 'down' – increasing the temperature of the reproductive organs during the Arctic summer by trapping solar radiation.[6]

Paper and the wicks of candles have been made of its fiber, and pillows stuffed with the same material. The leaves were formerly used in treating diarrhea, and the spongy pith of the stem for the removal of tapeworm

 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/26/20 Mon, 26 Oct 2020 10:49:20 GMT
POTD 10/25/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/25/20 STONED - Rocks line a cellar hole in the Wapack Wilderness. The forests of New England were farmed by early settlers and cabin-size holes lined with rocks can be found along old cart paths and carriage roads in the forest. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/25/20 Sun, 25 Oct 2020 10:56:41 GMT
POTD 10/24/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/24/20 TWO EAGLES - Cloudy day yesterday - and I was busy with indoor chores - so the Picture of the Day is from Monday when we saw two Eagles. I got one frame of this one as it launched out of a tree over the river.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/24/20 Sat, 24 Oct 2020 10:49:11 GMT
POTD 10/23/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/23/20 COLOR CONTINUES - Fall foliage has been spectacular this year and seems to be hanging on for an extended leaf peeping season. The beaver pond was still showy Thursday evening.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/23/20 Fri, 23 Oct 2020 10:56:06 GMT
POTD 10/22/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/22/20 MUM BLOOMS - A hybrid Chrysanthemum in bloom in the greenhouse.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/22/20 Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:25:33 GMT
POTD 10/21/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/21/20 WINTER CLOTHES - A Goldfinch in it's drab winter plumage...when the males molt bright yellow feathers for the drab feathers to help camouflage it during the winter.  In early Spring males transform into the showy yellow and black colors they need for courtship.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/21/20 Wed, 21 Oct 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/20/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/20/20 GREENVILLE EAGLE - We spotted the Bald Eagle that has been hanging on the Souhegan River in Greenville, NH. It is watching the river from tall trees along the bank, conveniently within lens distance from the road. The river's Indian name means "waiting and watching place" - appropriate for the eagle's activity from the tall trees.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/20/20 Tue, 20 Oct 2020 10:02:12 GMT
POTD 10/19/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/19/20 GOLDEN HOUR - Our yard is entering the "golden" phase of Fall...as rain and an early light snow brought most of the red leaves to the ground.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/19/20 Mon, 19 Oct 2020 10:46:44 GMT
POTD 10/18/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/18/20 FIRST SNOW - The first snow of the season coats un-raked leaves in the yard.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/18/20 Sun, 18 Oct 2020 10:30:31 GMT
POTD 10/17/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/17/20 I didn't make it out of the yard today before I found the Photo of the Day...Fall morning in the front yard. ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/17/20 Sat, 17 Oct 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/15/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/15/20 Oak leaves on the pond....the Oaks are some of the last leaves to fall.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/15/20 Fri, 16 Oct 2020 13:41:31 GMT
POYD 10/15/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/poyd-10/15/20 PUNKED - Pumpkin time

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/poyd-10/15/20 Thu, 15 Oct 2020 10:26:34 GMT
POTD 10/14/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/14/20  

CLOUDS OVER MONADNOCK - Monadnock Mountain is the star of the region...and we needed the rain the clouds that decorated the Fall sky above her brought this week.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/14/20 Wed, 14 Oct 2020 10:49:37 GMT
POTD 10/13/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/13/20 COUNTRY ROAD take me home. McCoy Road is the scenic route this time of year.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/13/20 Tue, 13 Oct 2020 10:01:34 GMT
POTD 10/12/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/12/20 MORE FALL LEAVES - I'm always on the lookout for something new for my Picture of The Day...but the Fall leaves are SO spectacular right now, I am stuck on colorful leaves. Stay tuned - birds will be back to POTD soon. ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/12/20 Mon, 12 Oct 2020 11:16:47 GMT
POTD 10/11/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/11/20 FALL FELL IN THE BROOK - Fallen leaves in the brook from the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/11/20 Sun, 11 Oct 2020 10:39:56 GMT
POTD 10/10/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/10/20 SKY HIGH - The annual leaf show is in full swing in southern New Hampshire.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/10/20 Sat, 10 Oct 2020 10:38:59 GMT
POTD 10/9/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/9/20 PASSING THROUGH - Hooded Merganser on the beaver pond yesterday with fall leaves reflected on the water. A group of four Mergansers stopped in at the beaver pond on their migration journey.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/9/20 Fri, 09 Oct 2020 10:42:46 GMT
POTD 10/8/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/8/20 ON THE BEAVER POND - Leaves along the beaver pond are different every day as fall foliage paints Wapack Range.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/8/20 Thu, 08 Oct 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/7/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/7/20 We missed the swamp maples stunning color this year, but caught a dazzling cloud show on the Gridley River Monday.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/7/20 Wed, 07 Oct 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/6/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/6/20 WHITE-THROATED SPARROW is a recent arrival in the yard.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/6/20 Tue, 06 Oct 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/5/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/5/20 Her fawn having already bolted, this doe stomps her displeasure at my interrupting their acorn munching on the path to our garden.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/5/20 Mon, 05 Oct 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/4/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/4/20 BEAVER POND FOLIAGE UPDATE - Combine Fall foliage with sunset "Golden Hour" for a spectacular early October scene.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/4/20 Sun, 04 Oct 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/3/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/3/20 FALL HAS FELL - View from Stoney Top on the Wapack Range toward the star of the region - Monadnock Mountain.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/3/20 Sat, 03 Oct 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/2/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/2/20 FALL HOUSECLEANING - A Great Blue Heron tidies a nest on the beaver pond. We typically see Herons on nests in the Spring - but this Heron was arranging sticks in a nest - perhaps to prepare for claiming it for next breeding season.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/2/20 Fri, 02 Oct 2020 10:41:05 GMT
POTD 10/1/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/1/20 Nubble Light in York Maine

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/10/potd-10/1/20 Thu, 01 Oct 2020 08:57:00 GMT
POTD 9/30/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/30/20 ITSY BITSY SPIDER - Dew coats a spider web displaying the engineering skills in web building.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/30/20 Wed, 30 Sep 2020 10:56:11 GMT
POTD 9/29/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/29/20 NEW ENGLAND ASTER - One of our favorite fall wildflowers.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/29/20 Tue, 29 Sep 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/28/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/28/20 COLORED WATER - The beaver swims at the beaver pond with fall leaves reflected. The leaves turned into their fall colors almost overnight in New Hampshire this year.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/28/20 Mon, 28 Sep 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/27/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/27/20 EAGLE EYE - We don't see Eagles very often - and my sister is visiting from Washington state (where they have lots of eagles and she photographs them frequently) - and we spotted an Eagle today on our drive to the apple orchard. So we have decided that sister Pat is the "Eagle Whisperer"...Thanks for the pixels!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/27/20 Sun, 27 Sep 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/26/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/26/20 LET THE SHOW BEGIN - Fall color is popping out at the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/26/20 Sat, 26 Sep 2020 11:25:13 GMT
POPTD 9/25/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/poptd-9/25/20 HEY CHICK - An immature Palm Warbler was one of several fall warblers at the beaver pond yesterday. Palm Warbler is one of the more common warblers wintering in the southern U.S. - it is nice to see them passing through.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/poptd-9/25/20 Fri, 25 Sep 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/24/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/24/20 HELLO!!!! - I was quiet when I saw a large Moose approaching the beaver pond - so he was startled when he rounded a corner to see me pointing a camera at him. Thankfully he ran the other way!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/24/20 Thu, 24 Sep 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/23/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/23/20 COTTONGRASS AT BEAVER POND - Here's what Wikipedia had to say about it:

Eriophorum (cottongrasscotton-grass or cottonsedge) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Cyperaceae, the sedge family. They are found throughout the arcticsubarctic, and temperate portions of the Northern Hemisphere in acid bog habitats, being particularly abundant in Arctic tundra regions.

They are herbaceous perennial plants with slender, grass-like leaves. The seed heads are covered in a fluffy mass of cotton-like fibers which are carried on the wind to aid dispersal. In cold Arctic regions, these masses of translucent fibres also serve as 'down' – increasing the temperature of the reproductive organs during the Arctic summer by trapping solar radiation.

Paper and the wicks of candles have been made of its fiber, and pillows stuffed with the same material. The leaves were formerly used in treating diarrhea, and the spongy pith of the stem for the removal of tapeworm.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/23/20 Wed, 23 Sep 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/22/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/22/20 APPRECIATE THE LADIES - Male birds are almost always the flashy ones with bright colors - but female birds have a subtle beauty - ;like this female wood duck on the beaver pond yesterday. I LOVE the ladies.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/22/20 Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:52:48 GMT
POTD 9/21/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/21/20 BEAVER POND KINGFISHER - The Kingfisher is a showy beaver pond resident that is typically seen on a prominent perch over the water.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/21/20 Mon, 21 Sep 2020 11:05:59 GMT
POTD 9/20/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/20/20 BRING ON THE FALL COLOR - A few cold nights in New England and the Fall color is starting to pop out.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/20/20 Sun, 20 Sep 2020 10:49:51 GMT
POTD 9/19/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/19/20 Northern Flicker is actually a type of woodpecker and is mostly seen hopping around in yards and gardens pecking for their favorite food - ants.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/19/20 Sat, 19 Sep 2020 10:57:42 GMT
POTD 9/18/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/18/20 Eastern Phoebe - A species of flycatcher with a habit of gently dipping their tails when perched and has a soft, whistled song that says their name - FEE bee.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/18/20 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:01:19 GMT
POTD 9/17/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/17/20 FAVORITE FALL WILDFLOWER - Closed Gentian, also known as Bottle Gentian, is an interesting Fall wildflower - that looks like a bud about to open, but never does. Bumblebees are the main pollinators because they're the only insects strong enough to pry open the closed flowers.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/17/20 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/16/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/16/20 MRS REDBIRD - Male Cardinals get lots of attention - but the female Cardinal is a beautiful visitor to the yard.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/16/20 Wed, 16 Sep 2020 10:27:52 GMT
POTD 9/15/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/15/20 ME AND MY...Bull Frog at the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/15/20 Tue, 15 Sep 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/14/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/14/20 Young male Deer at the beaver pond yesterday...had a doe companion along the edge of the pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/14/20 Mon, 14 Sep 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/13/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/13/20 YARD HUNTING - A small hawk - Sharp-Shinned, I think - hides in a maple tree watching for birds attracted to our feeders.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/13/20 Sun, 13 Sep 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/12/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/12/20 INDIAN PIPE - An unusual fall wildflower...in the Heath family, it is Saprophytic - getting nourishment from decayed organic matter instead of Chlorophyil. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/12/20 Sat, 12 Sep 2020 10:29:44 GMT
POTD 9/11/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/11/20 HUMMER PHOTO OF THE DAY - Hummingbirds that are still at our house are at the flowers constantly. We have only seen females,  thinking the males have already started their migration.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/11/20 Fri, 11 Sep 2020 09:54:51 GMT
POTD 9/10/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/10/20 PECKING ORDER - A group of female Turkeys have started to bring their chicks into the yard to peck around under the bird feeders...and the mother hens "enforce" their pecking order raucously.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/10/20 Thu, 10 Sep 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/9/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/9/20 FULL COURSE MEAL - Cardinal with a caterpillar meal. Lots of caterpillars this year- and the birds in our yard have tended to favor bugs over the feeders as summer fades to fall.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/9/20 Wed, 09 Sep 2020 10:36:16 GMT
POTD 9/8/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/8/20 KESTREL AT BEAVER POND - The American Kestrel is one of the smallest falcons, related to the Peregrine Falcon but a dainty eater of grasshoppers and mice. Numbers of Kestrels have been declining for decades, perhaps due to loss of farmland habitat or increase use of insecticides on farms and lawns.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/8/20 Tue, 08 Sep 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/7/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/7/20 ADOLESENT COLORS - Young, male Red-Bellied Woodpecker is growing into his adult feathers. The bright red will cover his crown and nape to distinguish him from the female's red nape only.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/7/20 Mon, 07 Sep 2020 10:55:31 GMT
POTD 9/6/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/6/20 STILL HUMMING - Most of the Hummingbirds in our yard have already headed south...this youngster was still visiting every flower in the garden today. We think it is a young male - just starting to get adult feathers on the throat - which will be brilliant iridescent red of his namesake Ruby-Throated Hummingbird.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/6/20 Sun, 06 Sep 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/5/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/5/20 KINGFISHER - Kingfishers feed almost exclusively on small fish that they capture underwater. They watch from a prominent perch or hover over open water before plunging head-first after prey.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/5/20 Sat, 05 Sep 2020 10:28:02 GMT
POTD 9/4/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/4/20 HMMMM? - We don't forage for mushrooms to eat - not that brave  ;-) - but we do try to identify what I photograph. I think these might be Scaly Pholiota - that the online Mushroom Identification site did not recommend eating (not that I was tempted ;-)

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/4/20 Fri, 04 Sep 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/3/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/3/20 EASTERN FLICKER - Also known as Yellow-Shafted Flicker is actually a kind of  woodpecker.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/3/20 Thu, 03 Sep 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/2/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/2/20 Monarch and Sunflower

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/2/20 Wed, 02 Sep 2020 10:30:50 GMT
POTD 9/1/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/1/20 SHY GUY - Young Black Bear pauses just out of the yard after being loudly encouraged to leave the area. Still in "Stay home" mode - I've been in the yard to make sure this young bear is not rewarded in his bird seed raid attempts.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/9/potd-9/1/20 Tue, 01 Sep 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/31/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/31/20 BEAUTIFUL DAY at the beaver pond

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/31/20 Mon, 31 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/30/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/30/20 FINCH FOOD - Female Goldfinch is not waiting for these sunflower blooms to dry before diving in.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/30/20 Sun, 30 Aug 2020 10:42:36 GMT
POTD 8/29/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/29/20 Hairy Woodpecker....Female Hairy Woodpecker scales a maple tree hunting for bugs....I had mis-identified this one as a Downy Woodpecker - similar looking but smaller than Hairy Woodpeckers - when naturalist friends corrected my ID. Good to have knowledgable friends.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/29/20 Sat, 29 Aug 2020 11:17:33 GMT
POTD 8/28/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/28/20 BIG HUMMINGBIRD YEAR - We have had lots of Hummingbirds this year and they have frequented every blooming flower in the yard - including these Woodland Sunflowers.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/28/20 Fri, 28 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/27/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/27/20 LET THE SUN SHINE THROUGH - I love clouds...as they always add interest to my photographs. But since we installed a solar array - I'm happiest when the clouds let the sun shine through!

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/27/20 Thu, 27 Aug 2020 10:44:32 GMT
POTD 8/26/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/26/20 Monarch Butterfly laying eggs in meadow - Monarchs lay 300-500 eggs in a two-five week period. They attach the eggs, which they lay one at a time, to the underside of leaves with a glue-like substance.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/26/20 Wed, 26 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/25/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/25/20 HAVE A SUN-FLOWERY DAY

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/25/20 Tue, 25 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/24/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/24/20  

HEY CHICK - We had not seen the Turkey chicks this year until yesterday - when the new Moms brought their chicks to the yard to feast under the bird feeders. This chick stayed close to Mom.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/24/20 Mon, 24 Aug 2020 10:36:02 GMT
POTD 8/23/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/23/20 EASTERN NEWT ON THE PROWL - Rain brought out the Newts today. Land form of the Eastern Newt - "Red-Spotted Newt" - is called the red eft and shows the 10-12 red spots ringed in black that all forms of the Eastern Newt have.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/23/20 Sun, 23 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/22/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/22/20 JUST PASSING THROUGH - Cedar Waxwing in Wild Cherry tree. Waxwings live an itinerant life, moving continuously in small flocks in search of ripe fruit. They will stay in an area only as long as the fruit lasts...for now in our cherry trees.

 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/22/20 Sat, 22 Aug 2020 18:49:07 GMT
POTD 8/21/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/21/20 GROWING INTO CARDINAL COLORS - Juvenile male Cardinal is starting to show adult colors. They fledge a with dull brown feathers before they molt to bright adult feathers and this guys' beak has yet to turn orange.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/21/20 Fri, 21 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/20/20-1 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/20/20-1 FIRST MONARCH CATERPILLAR - We had several Monarch caterpillars last year - most made it to butterflies. We are excited to have spotted the first one this year.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/20/20-1 Thu, 20 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/19/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/20/20 MONARCH SIGHTING - We have not seen many Monarch Butterflies this year...happy to see this male in the garden yesterday.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/20/20 Wed, 19 Aug 2020 10:26:03 GMT
POTD 8/18/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/19/20 BABY BIRDS - We have had lots of baby birds this year...This juvenile Chipping Sparrow sat puffed up to more than double the size of an adult Chipping Sparrow.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/19/20 Tue, 18 Aug 2020 10:09:40 GMT
POTD 8/17/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/17/20 GOLDFINCH AND SUNFLOWER

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POTD 8/16/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/16/20 NO SEEDS PLEASE - My Go-To guides for bird information are field guides and David Allen Sibley's books - Guide to Bird Life and Behavior and What it's Like to Be a Bird. Sibley explains that birds eat fruits and berries and regurgitate or excrete the seeds...but I caught this female Scarlet Tanager "chewing" a wild cherry until she could spit the seed out and eat the cherry flesh.

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POTD 8/15/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/15/20 FLOWER POWER - The Hummingbirds have had offspring - and the flowers in our gardens are buzzing with Hummers and Bees.

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POTD 8/14/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/14/20 SUMMER NEARLY OVER  - This male Scarlet Tanager is starting to molt from bright red summer plumage to yellow-greenish winter plumage, typical of August. Cherry and Ash trees with ripe fruit in our yard have attracted several bird species starting their Fall migration.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/14/20 Fri, 14 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/13/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/13/20 EYE ON THE CHERRIES - Pileated Woodpecker visiting cherry tree. They announce themselves loudly - but are hard to spot in our tall cherry trees.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/13/20 Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/12/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/12/20 GRASSHOPPER LOVE - It seems like I've been running into lot of LOVE in the natural world this year. Grasshoppers have sex the old fashioned way - the smaller male behind and the female twists her torso around to accommodate the coupling.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/12/20 Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/11/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/11/20 UN-MONARCH - News of Monarch Butterflies in trouble the past few years has us on the look out for Monarchs return each year...so I'll always chase an orange butterfly. This time - it is a Viceroy on a Joe-Pye-Weed- differs from the larger Monarch in narrow black line crossing hindwing above and below.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/11/20 Tue, 11 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/10/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/10/20 MONDAY BLOOMS - The birds are CRAZY in our yard now - so there are more bird photos to come - but a Monday Bird Break today.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/10/20 Mon, 10 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/9/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/9/20 Nuthatches cling to the bark and can move in any direction. They do not use their tail for a brace when climbing - just their two feet. The hind toe is particularly important for clinging and it's relatively large and strong. Usually they position one foot above the other so that the lower foot acts as a brace while the upper foot clings to the bark. This is a Red-Breasted Nuthatch working the tree for little caterpillars.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/9/20 Sun, 09 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/8/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/8/20 ASH TREE DRAMA - The Mountain Ash tree off our patio is teeming with birds right now - lots of bugs, berries and sapsucker wells. An immature Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker is in the tree almost constantly - mostly at the sap wells it drills on main branches. I was surprised to see it steal a berry from the mouth of Cardinal I was focused on...and the next frame showed the Sapsucker actually had taken the berry.

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POTD 8/7/20 also https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/7/20-also FAVORITE FLAVOR - We planted red Petunias this year for the Hummingbirds.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/7/20-also Fri, 07 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/6/20_2 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/6/20_2 TELL TAIL - Many species of birds have a habit of pumping or bobbing their tail and many possible explanations have been offered. A recent study found that the rate of tail pumping increased when (and only when) a predator was nearby. The explanation is that tail pumping is a simple signal, and the message it sends to predators is "I know you are there. I'm healthy and alert and you won't catch me, so don't even try." This Eastern Phoebe may have been pumping it's tail at me yesterday as it showed the yellowish belly it gets as Fall color.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/6/20_2 Thu, 06 Aug 2020 10:29:20 GMT
POTD 8/7/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/7/20 With the abundance of caterpillars and other bugs around this time of the Summer - the birds usually at our seed feeders are off eating bugs in the forest. The Hummingbirds have had offspring, so there are more of them around the yard to pose for POTDs.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/7/20 Thu, 06 Aug 2020 10:28:23 GMT
POTD 8/6/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/6/20 TELL TAIL - Many species of birds have a habit of pumping or bobbing their tail and many possible explanations have been offered. A recent study found that the rate of tail pumping increased when (and only when) a predator was nearby. The explanation is that tail pumping is a simple signal, and the message it sends to predators is "I know you are there. I'm healthy and alert and you won't catch me, so don't even try." This Eastern Phoebe may have been pumping it's tail at me yesterday as it showed the yellowish belly it gets as Fall color.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/6/20 Thu, 06 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/5/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/5/20 CRAZY WITH CATERPILLARS - This year seems to be a big one for caterpillars. So many different kinds - and SO many. This White-Marked Tussock Moth caterpillar (I think) was one of the more interesting ones.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/5/20 Wed, 05 Aug 2020 11:40:49 GMT
POTD 8/4/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/4/20 BEE HERE NOW 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/4/20 Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:25:24 GMT
POTD 8/3/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/3/20 Immature Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker is loving our Ash tree to death. Sapsuckers get their name from a distinctive habit of drilling rows of shallow holes in trees and returning regularly to drink the sap and eat any insects that have been attracted. We have adult and juvenile Sapsuckers working on the Ash tree making it easy for photos, but hard on the tree.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/3/20 Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:48:16 GMT
POTD 8/2/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/8/2/20 WING AND A PRAYER- Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly with damaged wing. This guy is lucky that the damage is to the margin and not the leading edge.  Since a deteriorated forewing leading edge most critically affected flight performance, specifically decreasing flight speed and the proportion of gliding flight. In contrast, the most frequent natural damage, deteriorated wing margin, had no detectable effect on flight behaviour.

Butterflies and moths often have broken or jagged wings because they tend to be nice tasty morsels that attract hungry birds and bats that grab at their wings and sometimes the insect escapes with a damaged wing to reproduce despite a potentially lethal attack.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/8/2/20 Sun, 02 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/1/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/1/20 PHOTO OF THE DAY - The Hummingbirds are starting to visit the flowers - spending less time at the feeders.

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POTD 7/31/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/31/20 YOUNG BIRDS - A large part of our birdwatching fun is getting the identification correct. This time of year, there are lots of immature birds - newly fledged - that don't have adult feathers. This immature Eastern Phoebe got tagged by the "wing bars cinnamon-buff" description in the field guide.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/31/20 Fri, 31 Jul 2020 11:14:46 GMT
POTD 7/30/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/30/20 SCARLET TANAGER PREENS - Preening is one of the most essential chores a bird has to do. They can preen up to 10 percent of each day. The main function of preening is to remove parasites and to clean and adjust the feathers. We have occasional Tanager visitors in the Mountain Ash tree - this one yesterday - that brighten our day with a splash of bright red.

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POTD 7/29/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/29/20 ZINNIA BLOOM

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POTD 7/28/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/28/20 FEEDING THE BROOD - Robin collects mealworms in the yard. American Robins typically have second broods in a season and the Robins in our yard seem to be foraging to feed young again.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/28/20 Tue, 28 Jul 2020 11:14:57 GMT
POTD 7/27/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/27/20 MONDAY MORNING BLOOMS

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POTD 7/26/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/26/20 HMMMMM? - Male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird.

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POTD 7/25/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/25/20 MOUNTAIN BERRIES - U-Pick Blueberries in the shadow of Monadnock Mountain.

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POTD 7/24/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/24/20 BEAVER POND BULLFROG - Bullfrog is the largest frog in the U.S. The Bullfrogs at the beaver pond get "singing" with their series of deep bass notes resembling the phrase "jug-o'-rum," which echoes across the water in a noisy serenade.

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POTD 7/23/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/23/20 Common Green Darners are beautiful dragonflies with transparent wings. They are large specimens that are common throughout North America and are thought to be somewhat migratory. They are members of the family Aeschnidae, a group of giant darners that have flight speeds one wouldn't expect from such a large and heavy-looking insect. They are most recognized by their striking green coloration. The male features blue along the sides of the abdomen while the female is a greenish-gray. The male also has an eyespot on the head, giving it the appearance of a cyclops. Younger males may not yet have the blue coloring and may appear more like a female.

Common Green Darners are almost always found near water sources. Females will slightly bend their abdomens over water and insert an egg, one-at-a-time, into the stem of an underwater plant. The eggs hatch and young naiads (juveniles) emerge, looking more like tiny lobsters than darners. They live underwater and feed on tadpoles, other aquatic insects, and tiny fish until they grow and develop. The naiads then crawl out of the water and morph into their adult forms. Adults eat mosquitoes, flies, midges, wasps and other flying insects, helping to control the population sizes of insects that many people consider pests.
 

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POTD 7/22/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/22/20 MONARCH BUTTERFLY - A female Monarch Butterfly lays eggs on the cultivar Asclepias in Vic's pollinator garden. The plant is the garden version of wild Milkweed which Monarchs lay their eggs on. The eggs take 3-15 days to hatch into larvae. The larvae (caterpillars) feed on the milkweed for about two weeks before they shed their outer skin and change into a chrysalis and then a full-grown Monarch.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/22/20 Wed, 22 Jul 2020 11:32:46 GMT
POTD 7/21/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/21/20 HEY SUSAN - Black-Eyed Susan blooms brighten the pollinator garden.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/21/20 Tue, 21 Jul 2020 10:51:09 GMT
POTD 7/20/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/20/20 OWL AT THE BEAVER POND - I spotted an immature Great Horned Owl at the beaver pond a while back - so I was happy to see this one at the beaver pond today - maybe the same owl with it's adult feathers?  On average 90 percent of a Great Horned Owls diet is mammals, but the diet of some individuals can be up to 90 percent birds, mainly waterfowl or medium size birds roosting in the open. This makes me think this owl is working the beaver pond in addition to the forest around it.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/20/20 Mon, 20 Jul 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/19/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/19/20 DEW ON THE DAISY - Shasta Daisy bloom holds morning dew.

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POTD 7/18/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/18/20 PRETTY GIRL - The male Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, with their bright red throat, are certainly more spectacular...but the females have beautiful iridescent feathers which make a striking profile.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/18/20 Sat, 18 Jul 2020 12:33:28 GMT
POTD 7/17/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/17/20 FIRST MONARCH SIGHTING - We are always on the lookout for Monarch butterflies - and spotted the first one this season in the milkweed meadow of the Wapack Wilderness yesterday. I'll be checking for more Monarchs and their colorful caterpillars now that the first one has shown up.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/17/20 Fri, 17 Jul 2020 13:15:12 GMT
POTD 7/16/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/16/20 NATURE MUSE - I can almost always find something to photograph at the beaver pond...a quiet, peaceful place of nature.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/16/20 Thu, 16 Jul 2020 11:49:43 GMT
POTD 7/15/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/15/20 HAPPY ROBIN - After a stretch of moderate drought, we finally got some rain to bring the earthworms up to the surface - giving the Robins something to sing about.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/15/20 Wed, 15 Jul 2020 11:14:55 GMT
POTD 7/14/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/14/20 CARDINAL IN TRAINING - When it leaves the nest, a young Northern Cardinal has a dark bill without any bright color. A few weeks later the dark color will have faded and the bill becomes bright orange-red like the adults. The dull feathers will be replaced by more adult-like feathers within a few weeks - which we will watch develop on the juvenile Cardinals coming to our bird feeders.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/14/20 Tue, 14 Jul 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/13/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/13/20 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly gets dusted with pollen as it dives for nectar in a Lily bloom. Most butterflies sip nectar and transfer pollen that gets on their legs and wings to other flowers. There are always exceptions and there are certain butterflies that do eat pollen, just as there are certain butterflies that are enabled to eat other things.

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POTD 7/12/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/12/20 SWAMP CANDLES - One of our favorite beaver pond wildflowers, Swamp Candles are in the Primrose Family. We find them in spikes of tiny yellow blooms along the edges of the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/12/20 Sun, 12 Jul 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/11/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/11/20 Blue Dasher Dragonfly at the beaver pond. Blue Dashers are one of the most abundant dragonflies in the U.S. and can be found near slow moving water sources, marshes and ponds. Like other dragonflies, the ecologically beneficial Blue Dasher contributes to pest control by consuming hundreds of smaller insects each day.

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POTD 7/10/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/10/20 The forest floor is starting to show Summer colors after the spray of Spring wildflowers. Our field guides don't always get us to a confident identification - especially with mushrooms. I think this is a King Boletus mushroom with it's round, spongy; muffin-like, reddish cap.

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POTD 7/9/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/9/20 YELLOW-SHAFTED FLICKER is actually a woodpecker that is often seen pecking on the ground - after his favorite food, ants. This male is distinguished from the female by his black mustache, which the female does not have.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/9/20 Thu, 09 Jul 2020 10:02:53 GMT
POTD 7/8/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/8/20 BUTTERFLY LOVE - Butterflies mate facing away from each other - these Silver-Bordered Fritillary Butterflies caught in the act on Asclepias blooms in our pollinator garden.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/8/20 Wed, 08 Jul 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/7/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/7/20 WHO'S THAT ?- A juvenile Great Horned Owl perched at the edge of the beaver pond Monday. Just beginning to get his "horns", which are actually tufts of feathers that can be raised or lowered depending on the owl's mood. The function of the tufts is debated; they help camouflage an owl by breaking up the outline of the head, and they probably also play a role in displays.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/7/20 Tue, 07 Jul 2020 01:45:28 GMT
POTD 7/6/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/6/20 UPDATE ON HERON CHICKS - The Heron chicks have fledged in more than half the nests at the beaver pond. The ones that have left the nest are hanging around the edges - together in some cases. It did not appear that any of them had their "fishing" technique mastered - in fact none of them seemed to be trying to catch anything. They may still be expecting to be fed by adults, even though they are nearly fully grown.

 

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POTD 7/5/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/5/20 DEER RAZZ - Deer takes a break from munching near Pratt Pond yesterday.

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POTD 7/4/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/4/20 WHO IS THIS? - A big part of our bird-watching enjoyment comes from identifying the birds we see. Sparrows and their relatives are among the hardest for us to nail. Having good photos is essential, but even then, it is hard to be sure. I think this is a juvenile Field Sparrow pecking around under the feeder. After this was posted this morning, our friend and wildlife expert, Meade Cadot corrected by identification - that this is a young Chipping Sparrow. Thanks Meade!

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POTD 7/3/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/3/20 All birds molt - many birds molt once a year and simply replace their old feathers with a similar looking set. Goldfinches molt twice a year and change their appearance dramatically with the seasons. In late summer the Goldfinch grows drab feathers to camouflage it through the winter. Six months later, in the early spring, Goldfinches molt all their feathers (except wing and tail feathers) and males transform into the showy yellow and black colors they need for courtship.

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POTD 7/2/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/2/20 FROG FRIEND - We have a small landscape pond that hosts several frogs each summer. This Green Frog is the first arrival this season.

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POTD 7/1/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/1/20 THAT'S SOME DO - The pointed crest of the Northern Cardinal is strictly feathers. Some extra long feathers grow from the top of the head and can be raised and lowered at will. Birds with crests use them to communicate, generally raising the feathers when they are excited or aggressive, and lowering them when they are relaxed or submissive.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/1/20 Wed, 01 Jul 2020 11:42:09 GMT
POTD 6/30/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/30/20 BEAVER POND ORCHID - A pair of Rose Pagonia blooms on the beaver pond. This and other wetland orchids suffer from degradation of habitat and over-collection. We watch for this one to bloom each year and were happy to see a second plant blooming this summer.

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POTD 6/29/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/29/20 MEAL ON THE WING - Mother Tree Swallow feeds a dragonfly to one of her newly fledged chicks at the beaver pond yesterday. Both parents were scooping up flying insects and delivering them to the chicks waiting on a branch with mouths open and wings flapping.

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