Paul Willis Photographs: Blog https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog en-us (C) Paul Willis Photographs paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) Mon, 17 May 2021 18:03:00 GMT Mon, 17 May 2021 18:03:00 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/17/20 Mon, 17 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
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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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/16/20 Sun, 16 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
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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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/15/20 Sat, 15 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
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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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/8/20 Sat, 08 Aug 2020 09:00:00 GMT
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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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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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/8/potd-8/1/20 Sat, 01 Aug 2020 11:00:07 GMT
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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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/25/20 Sat, 25 Jul 2020 09:54:45 GMT
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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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/24/20 Fri, 24 Jul 2020 09:55:33 GMT
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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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/23/20 Thu, 23 Jul 2020 09:35:37 GMT
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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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/19/20 Sun, 19 Jul 2020 11:41:15 GMT
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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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/13/20 Mon, 13 Jul 2020 09:00:00 GMT
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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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/10/20 Fri, 10 Jul 2020 11:23:03 GMT
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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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/6/20 Sun, 05 Jul 2020 18:32:43 GMT
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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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/3/20 Fri, 03 Jul 2020 09:00:00 GMT
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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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/7/potd-7/2/20 Thu, 02 Jul 2020 09:00:00 GMT
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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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/30/20 Tue, 30 Jun 2020 09:00:00 GMT
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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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/29/20 Mon, 29 Jun 2020 10:45:25 GMT
POTD 6/28/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/28/20 Woodpeckers are primarily insectivores and Sapsuckers, like this female Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, use a unique foraging technique of drilling "wells" in the bark of trees, then eating the insects that are attracted to the sweet sap. This female visited the "sapsucker wells" on our Mountain Ash tree repeatedly, collecting insects to take back to her young.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/28/20 Sun, 28 Jun 2020 11:58:41 GMT
POTD 6/27/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/27/20 LOCAL COLOR - The little green bee belongs to the most common group of sweat bees in the Western Hemisphere - genus Agapostemon - also known as a metallic green sweat bee - for obvious reason.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/27/20 Sat, 27 Jun 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/26/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/26/20 Fledgling Hairy Woodpecker, on left, is fed by her somewhat smaller mother Hairy Woodpecker at the backyard suet. Woodpeckers are year-round visitors to our feeders and feed their offspring at the feeders each summer.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/26/20 Fri, 26 Jun 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/25/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/6/25/20 CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK - Baby Common Eider ducklings with mother on the Maine Coast. They live in flocks near shoals - these were hanging at Castle Rock at Cape Neddick, Maine.

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POTD 6/24/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/24/20 DON'T BUG ME - A swarm of tiny bee-like bugs cluster over a blooming Hydrangea... perfect for any and all bug eating birds and dragon flies. Fortunately the bugs attraction of the sweet Hydrangea bouquet kept the bugs from bugging us.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/24/20 Wed, 24 Jun 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/23/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/23/20 Red-Spotted Purple adding some new color to the patio garden as it forages on Pinks along the walk. We have had tons of Eastern Tiger Swallowtails this year - and now the Red-Spotted Purples have arrived.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/23/20 Tue, 23 Jun 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/22/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/22/20 EBLOW ROOM - Heron chicks are getting big for the nest - as one claims a little elbow room in the nest on the beaver pond. In six active Heron nests - there are at least 12 chicks in various stages of development.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/22/20 Mon, 22 Jun 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/21/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/21/20 Mother Eastern Kingbird feeds insects to her newly hatched chicks at the beaver pond. Chicks hatch nearly naked with eyes closed and this parent Kingbird shared feeding duties with her mate to keep the chicks warm and fed.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/21/20 Sun, 21 Jun 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/20/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/20/20 THE EARLY BIRD...you know the saying. It has been calculated that a single Robin can eat 14 feet of earthworms a day. The Robins in our yard are gathering mouthfuls before flying off - we presume to their nests to feed their young.

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POTD 6/19/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/19/20 FOXY - Cute little Gray Fox stopped by the yard yesterday. Field guide says they are active day or night, but secretive. This one came in the evening and gave us a good look before going back into the forest.

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POTD 6/18/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/18/20 WATCHING - Male Tree Swallow watches for his mate to return as the two of them tag-team food foraging and feeding. Tree Swallow chicks (like all baby songbirds) hatch naked, with eyes closed and require constant feeding, warming and protection by parents to survive. Each adult waited in the nest cavity opening for the other to return, before taking their turn at aerial food foraging.

 

The female, with hints of the fancy iridescent blur her mate has, stood guard at the nest cavity opening while the male hunted.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/18/20 Thu, 18 Jun 2020 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/17/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/17/20 FRAGRANT WATER-LILY - Lily pads with their delicate blooms cover parts of the beaver pond. Most of the water-Lilies are white, but the Pink ones are the show-offs of the beaver pond.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/17/20 Tue, 16 Jun 2020 19:24:06 GMT
POTD 6/16/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/16/20 SKY BLUE WATER - Beaver on the beaver pond with cloudy evening sky reflected on the water.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/16/20 Tue, 16 Jun 2020 11:17:48 GMT
POTD 6/15/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/15/20 HERON CHICK UPDATE - Some of the Heron chicks at the beaver pond are getting pretty big. They are in the nest alone most of the time now - as the adults are off hunting. This chick was doing some practice begging while waiting for a food delivery.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/15/20 Sun, 14 Jun 2020 22:21:57 GMT
POTD 6/14/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/14/20 BEAVERS ON THE POND - The Beaver family showed up yesterday at the beaver pond - four of them of various sizes were working the water. They slap their tails to warn the other beavers that there is a photographer around.

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POTD 6/13/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/13/20  

SILVER-BORDERED FRITILLARY - We are always excited to see the Fritillary Butterflies show up in early Summer - thinking the orange butterflies might be Monarchs...but the Fritillarys are beautiful and we enjoy them "fritting" around the yard from flower to flower.

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POTD 6/12/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/12/20 Purple Finch - Is the New Hampshire state bird and is in the family Fringillidae - small to medium size birds with conical bills. Males and females have differently color plumage - as this male sports his bright feathers while his mate is pretty, but streaked brown instead of his royal purple. They are seed eaters and their short, conical bills are adapted for cracking seeds.

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POTD 6/11/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/11/20 MAKE YOUR MARK - A Black Bear enjoying a good scratch on a marking tree near our yard. Black Bears mark trees by clawing and rubbing their backs to deposit scent that other bears investigate. Bears need to shed their winter coats before summer gets too hot, so rubbing on trees also helps loosen the longer winter coat and shed it.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/11/20 Wed, 10 Jun 2020 22:28:52 GMT
POTD 6/10/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/10/20 BIG SNAPPER - A huge Snapping Turtle suns on the beaver pond. We had spotted it a couple of years ago and saw it again yesterday.  Snapping turtles often live more than 100 years with a maximum theoretical life span of 170 years.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/10/20 Wed, 10 Jun 2020 10:40:44 GMT
POTD 6/9/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/9/20 FAMILY SCENE - Heron chicks watch as "dad" heads off in search of dinner. Adult Herons take turns watching the nest and hunting for food.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/9/20 Tue, 09 Jun 2020 10:53:25 GMT
POTD 6/8/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/8/20 FLASHY ENTRANCE - Male Northern Cardinal makes a flashy entrance at the feeder. Named for it's bright red color, like the robes of the cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, it is one of the most recognizable birds in North America. A pair is nesting in a shrub in our garden this year.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/8/20 Mon, 08 Jun 2020 10:57:30 GMT
POTD 6/7/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/7/20 TABLE'S TURNED - A large Snapping Turtle crosses our black cat's path as she keeps a close eye on the stranger on the driveway. Female Snapping Turtles, mainly in June, search for an open area far from water to lay their eggs. We have had big Snappers (maybe the same ones?) lay eggs in our yard for the third year straight. This momma scratched around the yard for 2 days, leaving several potential egg-laying spots, before heading back to the beaver pond.

 

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POTD 6/6/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/6/20 Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Phlox

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POTD 6/5/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/5/20 GOOD CATCH - Robin snags a grub worm on his hunt in the yard. A hunting Robin moves in short bursts across the ground - running or hopping forward, often cocking its head to one side like they are listening for worms.  Actually they are aiming one eye to watch the grass and soil for signs of activity. When they see the signs that a worm is near the surface, they lunge forward stabbing into the soil and gripping the worms in their bill.

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POTD 6/4/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/4/20 BALTIMORE ORIOLE - Male Baltimore Oriole checks out the feeder situation. Most Oriole species are resident in the tropics, but several species migrate north to breed in North America. We have a breeding pair this year for the second year in a row. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/4/20 Thu, 04 Jun 2020 10:15:00 GMT
POTD 6/3/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/3/20 KING OF THE ISLAND - Even thought they often bask in groups, this Painted Turtle has a spot all to himself on the beaver pond Tuesday.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/3/20 Tue, 02 Jun 2020 21:30:02 GMT
6/2/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/6/2/20 LET'S TRY THESE BABIES OUT - Recently feathered Heron chick does some practice wing flaps in the nest. Heron chicks are born nearly naked and are a couple of weeks old before they have many feathers. It is common for Heron eggs to hatch asynchronously resulting in chicks of different sizes. This one seems to have a head start on his sibling.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/6/2/20 Mon, 01 Jun 2020 17:31:13 GMT
POTD 6/1/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/6/potd-6/1/20 HOVER HUMMER - Hummingbirds can hover in place because their wings twist to generate lift on both forward and backward strokes - something like a helicopter's rotor blades. This female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird hovers near a feeder.

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POTD 5/31/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/31/20 THE LADY'S SLIPPERS - A Pair of Pink Lady's Slippers, also known as Pink Moccasin Flower, bloom along the beaver pond Saturday. Members of the Orchid family, they are colony forming, creating showy clusters of lady slippers in the woods. 

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POTD 5/30/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/30/20 RAIDING THE FLOWER POTS - Black-Capped Chickadee raids a flower pot for sand and gravel in the potting soil. Many bird species swallow gravel and sand to help grind food in their gizzard, where powerful muscles crush and "chew" food.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/30/20 Sat, 30 May 2020 10:50:55 GMT
POTD 5/29/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/29/20 JUST DANDY - The Dandelion flowers have gone to seed. Each Dandelion flower head produces from 40-100 or more seeds which get carried by the wind to the neighbor's yard. You'd think the tiny seeds with their fluffy parachute could fly really far - but a British study found that 99% of the seeds landed within 10 meters of the parent plant - and that high winds didn't increase the distance. Actually calm, warm weather is best for the seeds travel distance - when they can float in thermals up to a kilometer.

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POTD 5/28/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/28/20 FIRST BUTTERFLIES BACK - Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is almost always the first butterfly we see each Spring. They show up when their food plants are blooming - which our Audubon field guide to New England says includes the Lilac I found this one on.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/28/20 Thu, 28 May 2020 11:25:05 GMT
POTD 5/27/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/27/20 ONLY A MOTHER COULD LOVE? - It might not seem that the somewhat homely Heron chicks with huge beaks and fuzzy emerging feathers would grow up to be graceful, elegant Great Blue Herons. These chicks are a few weeks old and won't grow out "cute" for several more weeks.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/27/20 Wed, 27 May 2020 12:49:23 GMT
POTD 5/26/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/26/20 Black flies are a seasonal annoyance in New England - and they are particularly bad right now. So we especially love the bug eating birds this time of year. Tree Swallows  are among the group of bug eaters known as aerial insectivores. They fly for hours at a time catching small flying insects, including the nasty black flies.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/26/20 Tue, 26 May 2020 12:06:43 GMT
POTD 5/25/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/25/20 STANDING WATCH - Male Eastern Kingbird stands watch above his mate in the nest. Kingbirds are named for their aggressive defense of their territory and nest against all predators, even to the point of "riding" the back of a flying hawk or crow, all of the time pecking the back of the head.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/25/20 Sun, 24 May 2020 12:32:26 GMT
POTD 5/24/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/24/20 CHATTY CATTY - Gray Catbird sings a spring song. Catbirds are in the family with Mockingbirds and Thrashers - one of the family defining traits is propensity for complex songs. Analysis of a four-and-a-half minute Catbird song included 170 distinct phrases. Males and females look alike, but since males do most of the singing - we'll call this one Mr. Catbird.

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POTD 5/23/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/23/20 Hungry chicks - Heron chicks at the beaver pond beg for food. The chicks are born nearly naked with eyes tightly closed. They emit food-begging calls persistently and parents bring them food and regurgitate it into the nest or directly into the open mouths of the chicks. These chicks are a couple weeks old and big enough to stand up and preen but they mostly sleep except for spells of begging.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/23/20 Sat, 23 May 2020 11:50:43 GMT
POTD 5/22/20_2 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/22/20_2  

HEY BEAR - A small Black Bear showed up in our yard this morning looking for spilled bird seed. Bears in our woods are fond of backyard bird feeders - so we have to bring our feeders in at night. This one has probably been cleaning up bird seed in our yard on a regular basis and we just happened to catch him this morning. It was pretty shy and ran off empty handed when I opened the window to "shoot" it.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/22/20_2 Fri, 22 May 2020 12:02:33 GMT
POTD 5/22/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/22/20 Vic and I are fortunate to live in a beautiful natural forest - full of wildlife and beauty. We were gifted a drone video of our surroundings - the beaver pond, Wapack mountain range and our earth-sheltered house.

Today's POTD is the video:

https://youtu.be/NMR0pNK8T6I
 

 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/22/20 Fri, 22 May 2020 10:57:50 GMT
POTD 5/21/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/21/20 DON'T PULL THOSE DANDELIONS - Each Dandelion head contains up to 100 individual flowers, known as florets, which contain nectar and pollen. The early-to-bloom yard "weeds" play a crucial role in the health of bees and butterfly larvae before other flowers are in full bloom.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/21/20 Wed, 20 May 2020 18:49:54 GMT
POTD 5/20/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/20/20 PATCH OF BRIGHTNESS - Bluet blooms pop up all over the orchard and yard. The tiny patch-forming blossoms are a bright spot as Spring greens up in New Hampshire. 

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POTD 5/19/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/19/20 SPRING UNFOLDING - Trees are just leafing out in New Hampshire coming into Memorial Day, the unofficial start of Summer.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/19/20 Tue, 19 May 2020 10:43:12 GMT
POTD 5/18/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/18/20 Thanks for visiting my Nature Photo Of The Day blog. 

Vic and I live in a beautiful, natural forest - which delivers up nature in daily doses. It is a wonderful pastime to photograph the nature around us. Being a former photojournalist, I want to add context to the photographs I post by identifying the bird or flower and sometimes adding details about what is happening. I don't "know" these tidbits - but use field guides and especially books by David Allen Sibley - to add details to my posts. Sibley's latest book - What It's Like to Be A Bird is the bird details book to have.

Please submit comments with feedback on the POTDs or questions for me about the photos or photography.

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MS. HUMMER RETURNS - Male Hummingbirds always come back first...and the male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird was at our feeder several days before this female showed up.

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POTD 5/17/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/17/20 Thanks for visiting my Nature Photo Of The Day blog. 

Vic and I live in a beautiful, natural forest - which delivers up nature in daily doses. It is a wonderful pastime to photograph the nature around us. Being a former photojournalist, I want to add context to the photographs I post by identifying the bird or flower and sometimes adding details about what is happening. I don't "know" these tidbits - but use field guides and especially books by David Allen Sibley - to add details to my posts. Sibley's latest book - What It's Like to Be A Bird is the bird details book to have.

Please submit comments with feedback on the POTDs or questions for me about the photos or photography.

If you want to stop receiving daily blog emails - let me know via email at paul.willisnh@gmail.com.

 

WHEN THE COUCH WON'T FIT THROUGH THE DOOR ? - White-Breasted Nuthatch with an oversized piece of nesting material. Nuthatches normally nest in cavities in trees, rarely using birdhouses - so we were happy to see a pair "remodeling" in an un-used Bluebird house in our orchard.

 

 

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POTD 5/16/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-draft Thanks for visiting my Nature Photo Of The Day blog. 

Vic and I live in a beautiful, natural forest - which delivers up nature in daily doses. It is a wonderful pastime to photograph the nature around us. Being a former photojournalist, I want to add context to the photographs I post by identifying the bird or flower and sometimes adding details about what is happening. I don't "know" these tidbits - but use field guides and especially books by David Allen Sibley - to add details to my posts. Sibley's latest book - What It's Like to Be A Bird is the bird details book to have.

Please submit comments with feedback on the POTDs or questions for me about the photos or photography.

If you want to stop receiving daily blog emails - let me know via email at paul.willisnh@gmail.com.

Mallard courtship begins as early as November and continues through the winter. Once a pair bond forms, the male and female will stay together through Spring migration and during nests building and egg-laying stages, but the male departs when incubation begins - which is entirely up to the female. 


 

 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-draft Fri, 15 May 2020 21:24:10 GMT
POTD 5/15/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/15/20 HUNTING - Great Blue Heron hunts on the beaver pond...spearing a huge catfish. Herons have a barbed "tongue" which helps them hang on to fish they spear with their long, sharp bill.

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POTD 5/14/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/14/20 WELCOME BACK - We are so happy that a pair of Baltimore Orioles have come back this year. We had Orioles for the first time last year. David Sibley answers the question "Do birds mate for life?" with statistics. The answer is "yes, but..." if both Orioles survive the winter, they will most likely find each other and make a nesting attempt together. But the male and female each have a 50 percent chance of surviving the year, leaving only a 25 percent chance they both make it back. To see the pair back in our yard means our pair beat the odds. 

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POTD 5/13/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/13/20 GETTING WARMED UP - To conserve energy, Hummingbirds slow down their body processes during the night. To get warmed up in the morning their large flight muscles shiver and their wings vibrate which generates heat to warm their blood supply and bring their body temperature up. 

GOLDTHREAD - With their tiny bloom on a leafless stalk, Goldthread are easy to miss on the forest floor, but worth getting on your knees to look at close up.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/13/20 Wed, 13 May 2020 12:07:06 GMT
POTD 5/12/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/12/20 GROUNDHOG DAY? - Weeks of "Stay-at-Home" have made every day seem like Groundhog Day - but today actually WAS Groundhog Day when we spotted this Groundhog peeking out of a fence row. I ❤️ Nature! ...even the nature that reminds me every day IS pretty much the same!


 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/12/20 Tue, 12 May 2020 12:45:59 GMT
POTD 5/11/20_2 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/11/20_2 FLASHY FLICKER - With their odd habits and bold markings, many people don't suspect Flickers are Woodpeckers. This female Northern Flicker was digging in the yard of her favorite food - ants. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/11/20_2 Mon, 11 May 2020 12:28:38 GMT
POTD 5/11/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/11/20 WHAT KIND OF HUMMINGBIRD IS THIS? - Orioles are insectivores throughout the year, but most Orioles also sip nectar from flowers. In recent past, Baltimore Orioles have learned to use Hummingbird feeders as a food source - as this male did this morning at our Hummingbird feeder. 

We enjoy the return of the wildflowers almost as much as the return of the song birds. I spotted a Painted Trillium a couple of days ago - and saw this Purple Trillium on Binney Hill today.

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POTD 5/10/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/10/20 EGGS IN THE NEST - Female Heron settles down on eggs in the nest at the beaver pond. Another nest at the beaver pond already has small chicks, but on a cold Saturday morning, this Heron is keeping her eggs warm.

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POTD 5/9/20 WTF? https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/9/20-wtf WTF? - We have been watching for the Hummingbirds return, and finally saw a male yesterday. He had to poke through snow to eat this morning. Hummingbirds show up within a couple of days of the same date every year. This is the first time they have had to sit in snow at the feeder.

HUMMER COLOR - The male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird that showed up a couple of days ago flashed his iridescent throat. The bright color is produced by the microscopic structure of the feathers' surface. The structure of the feather surface amplifies one color of light and the surfaces are angled so that they reflect that color in only one direction - straight ahead of the bird - that gives the bird an extremely direction signal, visible only to the object of his attention.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/9/20-wtf Sat, 09 May 2020 13:01:38 GMT
POTD 5/8/20_2 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/8/20_2 IF YOU CAN'T STOP - JUST WAVE AS YOU GO BY - Tom Turkey gives a little wave as he heads for the hills yesterday.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/8/20_2 Fri, 08 May 2020 13:21:15 GMT
POTD 5/8/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/8/20 MOURNING DOVES - A pair of Mourning Doves forage together. Doves are monogamous and some pairs remain together for more than one breeding season. Having been hunted to near extinction in the late 1800s, Mourning Doves are now common across the U.S. and Canada. 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/8/20 Fri, 08 May 2020 11:39:19 GMT
POTD 5/7/20 Heron Chicks https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/7/20-heron-chicks HERON CHICK FUZZ - The first sign of Heron chicks is barely visible as mother Heron adjusts sticks in the nest around her chicks.

PREPARING LUNCH - Birds, including Herons have no teeth. Food is manipulated with the bill, generally swallowed whole and processed inside the body by the digestive system. Herons regurgitate processed food to feed their chicks. This male is hanging off a branch near the nest getting prepared to "serve up" lunch for his mate and chicks in the nest.

 

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/7/20-heron-chicks Wed, 06 May 2020 18:21:34 GMT
POTD 5/6/20_2 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/6/20_2 Wood Thrush collects materials for nest building. Thrushes have unusually large eyes, an adaptation to their preferred habitat, the shady understory. Research has shown that eye size is linked to activity in low light, and birds with large eyes tend to start their day earlier and end it later. This could be the reason that songs of Thrushes are such a prominent part of the dawn and dusk bird chorus.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/6/20_2 Tue, 05 May 2020 16:16:05 GMT
POTD 5/6/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/6/20 FAMILY WAY - Geese on Mill Pond keep their goslings in line. Geese young are hatched with eyes open, fully feathered, capable of walking, swimming, feeding and maintaining their own body temperature within a few hours after they hatch. Adult geese protect their young from predators and lead them to good feeding areas, but do not feed them.

 

 

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POTD 5/5/20_2 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/5/20_2 SOCIAL DISTANCING - Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers - male at right, female at left - share drill holes on a Birch tree at appropriate distance from each other. Sapsuckers drink sap from the holes they drill and also eat insects attracted to the sap.

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paul.willisnh@gmail.com (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/5/20_2 Tue, 05 May 2020 12:04:09 GMT
POTD 5/5/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/5/20 LEAFING - Leaves of a Hobblebush Viburnum unfold above the brook from the beaver pond as Spring springs out in New Hampshire.

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POTD 5/4/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/4/20 WILD OATS - One of the first wildflowers to bloom in the New Hampshire woods is the Sessile Bellwort. It is in the Lily Family with a tiny, bell-shaped flower, it's common name is Wild Oats.

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POTD 5/3/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/3/20 LOOKING FOR BUGS - A Yellow-Rumped Warbler watches for bugs at the beaver pond. May brings black flies to New Hampshire, which lots of birds love. The Yellow-Rumped Warbler is a bug and berry eater - so this male LOVES the bugs that humans HATE! 

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POTD 5/3/20_2 Bird Day https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/3/20_2-bird-day Our Spring birds were back in large numbers today, which I photographed in this order: Female Purple Finch, Chickadee, White-Throated Sparrow, Goldfinch, Pileated Woodpecker, Purple Finch, Goldfinch, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, Blue Jay, White-Throated Sparrow and the cute Chipmunk. ;-)

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POTD 5/2/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/2/20 FLASHY GRACKLE - Two Common Grackles chow down at the feeder. Grackles look black but sport beautiful iridescence which can only be appreciated in the right light. 

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POTD 5/1/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/5/potd-5/1/20 NESTING HERON UPDATE - Activity in the Heron nests has calmed down as the females sit on eggs. Incubation is 2-3 weeks - but since Herons don't lay their eggs all at once, chicks can hatch days apart from siblings. 

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POTD 4/30/20_2 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/4/potd-4/30/20_2 BIG BITE - Male Red-Bellied Woodpecker heads up the tree with a big bite of suet that he tucked into a knothole to eat at his leisure.

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POTD 4/30/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/4/potd-4/30/20 AHHH SPRING - Bloodroot blooms - a little Spring to brighten your day!

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POTD 4/29/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/4/potd-4/29/20 OUR BROOK IS BOOKING - Spring melt sends lots of water down our little brook from the beaver pond and this stretch of waterfall is a relaxing wilderness scene.

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POTD 4/27/20_2 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/4/potd-4/27/20_2 NO SEATS AT THE TABLE - A late-April snow squall had the Goldfinches flocking to the feeder - with real competition for feeding perches.

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POTD 4/27/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/4/potd-4/27/20 BUG CONTROL - Female Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker eats ants attracted to the sap in the holes the Sapsuckers drilled in a White Birch tree. Sapsuckers drill the holes for the sap, hence their name, but also eat the bugs the sap attracts. We've seen Chickadees, Hummingbirds, wasps and the ants this Sapsucker is eating all feeding on the drill holes. 

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POTD 4/26/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/4/potd-2/26/20  

FIRST WILDFOWERS - Blooming Coltsfoot brighten our country road walks. Coltsfoot is among New England's first blooming wildflowers and likes the disturbed, rocky soil along the road. 

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POTD How'd He Do That? https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/4/potd-howd-he-do-that Not that anyone much asks...but it was sort of slow at the beaver pond today, so I thought I would show what I do to get photos of the herons on the nests.

I sometimes use a tripod - as lots of waiting for something to happen - and holding a telephoto locked on the nest is hard to do. \

I sometimes use a tripod - as lots of waiting for something to happen - and holding a telephoto locked on the nest is hard to do.
 

I'm usually shooting the herons with a Nikon Coolpix P1000. It has a mega 3000mm zoom lens, which makes it easier to handle on a tripod - though I do shoot lots of bird photos with it hand held.

I'm usually shooting the herons with a Nikon Coolpix P1000. It has a mega 3000mm zoom lens, which makes it easier to handle on a tripod - though I do shoot lots of bird photos with it hand held.
 

Female Heron shakes off before settling back down on the nest.

Female Heron shakes off before settling back down on the nest.
 

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POTD 4/25/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/4/potd-4/25/20 BACK TO THE NEST - Female Great Blue Heron climbs back onto the nest after taking a break from sitting on eggs. On warm, sunny days the Heron gets off the nest for short stretches - but returns to snuggle back down on her eggs. 

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POTD 4/24/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/4/potd-4/24/20 WIND UP MY SKIRT - Wind fluffs feathers on a Wood Thrush.

 

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POTD 4/23/20_2 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/4/potd-4/23/20_2 There are LOTS of Wild Turkeys in the woods where we live - and they come into the yard to scratch under the bird feeders. We are amazed at how beautifully colorful they are...and have such interesting anatomy. For example the fleshy protuberance hanging down over their beaks is called a snood. The snood changes shape and color depending on the turkey's age, health and mood. A short snood might stand upright and be pointed like a horn, while a longer snood will dangle down from the bird's bill and may flop to one side or the other. The snood is also an indicator of sexual readiness. When males are ready to mate (like this one) the snood will be long and more brilliantly colored.

 

 

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POTD 4/23/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/4/potd-4/23/20 SNUGGLED AGAINST COLD SPRING - Bloodroot bloom stays wrapped in it's leaf against cold Spring winds. 

SNUGGLED AGAINST COLD SPRING - Bloodroot bloom stays wrapped in it's leaf against cold Spring winds.

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POTD 4/22/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/4/potd-4/22/20 WE ARE ALL DOING LOTS OF DRINKING - Female Red-Bellied Woodpecker drinks from a tree well. Like many of us, birds are drinking their way through THIS Spring!

WE ARE ALL DOING LOTS OF DRINKING - Female Red-Bellied Woodpecker drinks from a tree well. Like many of us, birds are drinking their way through THIS Spring!

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POTD 4/20/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/4/potd-4/20/20 ROMANCE ON THE POND - Herons touch beaks in the nest on the beaver pond. I heart Nature!

ROMANCE ON THE POND - Herons touch beaks in the nest on the beaver pond. I heart Nature!

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POTD 4/19/20 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2020/4/potd-4/19/20 KNOCK IT OFF - This Tom Turkey pecks snowflakes off his back as they fall...before giving up the futile effort.

 

POTD 4/19/20Tom Turkey pecks snow flakes off his back as a mid-April snow makes his effort futile.

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