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POTD 4/21/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/21/24 TURTLES ON THE MOVE -  I ran across this huge Snapping Turtle crossing the path from the beaver pond. It was headed toward the pond from a muddy low spot in the forest, where I presume it spent the winter.

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POTD 4/20/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/20/24 ROCKIN' ROBIN - Several days of Spring-like weather had the Robin out hunting bugs and worms.

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POTD 4/19/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/19/24 FEEDER ENCOUNTER -  A Pine Siskin (left) gets territorial at the feeder as a Purple Finch just wants to munch sunflower seeds. 

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POTD 4/18/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/18/24 GOOD NEIGHBORS -  Herons choose to be neighbors in nests in the same tree on the beaver pond. There were two nests in this tree last year - but the lower one blew down over the winter  - and this new one was rebuilt in a few days this week.

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POTD 4/17/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/17/24 GROOMIN' - Male Bufflehead duck grooms on Mill Pond. 

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POTD 4/16/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/16/24 DAFFY DOSE - OK...I'm ready to call it Spring now that the Daffodils on the roof are blooming. 

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POTD 4/15/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/15/24 HELLEBORES - Early garden plants to bloom - Hellebores, despite common names such as winter rose, Christmas rose and Lenten Rose, are not closely related to the rose family. Ours, probably Helleborus niger, grow close to the ground and the blooms point downward.

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POTD 4/14/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/14/24 GETTING A START - A Heron, most likely a female, gets a start at building a nest on the beaver pond. The two nests that survived from last year are already occupied, so this Heron needs to start from scratch.

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POTD 4/13/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/13/24 WHAT YOU TALKIN' ABOUT WILLIS? - A male Cardinal is talking back. Maybe I shouldn't have spent all day watching the Masters? :-)

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POTD 4/12/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/12/24 STILL COOL - Tulips blooms on the wane...Still cool!

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POTD 4/11/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/11/24 UN-COMMON - A female Common Merganser on Mill Pond. We're seeing lots of migrating waterfowl on area ponds....Ah Spring!

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POTD 4/10/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/10/24 SOCK SCENE - Pine Siskins crowd the finch sock. A flock of Siskins are making things interesting at the finch feeder station.

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POTD 4/9/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/9/24 NEW HAMPSHIRE ECLIPSE VIEWING - We watched the Eclipse through our colander in the front yard. Not as spectacular as the totality in my hometown, Vincennes, Indiana, but cool, none the less.

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POTD 4/8/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/8/24 NOT SPRING SKY - Clouds over a snow-capped Monadnock Mountain have a more winter look than Spring.

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POTD 4/7/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/7/24 TAKEOFF -  Pine Siskin launches off the shepherds hook toward the finch sock. A flock of Pine Siskins has joined the Goldfinches and Purple Finches at the feeders.

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POTD 4/6/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/6/24 GETTIN' YOUR SNOOD DOWN - AH Spring...When the male turkeys start thinking about mating...and their tail feathers fan up and their snood hangs down. The snood is a fleshy protuberance above a turkey's bill that may also hang down over the bill when the Tom nears a mating situation.

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POTD 4/5/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/5/24 WTF? - A Robin - the traditional sign of Spring - in the storm that brought a foot of heavy, wet snow to New Hampshire Thursday. The Spring birds (and we, also) are ready for Spring and finished with the snow for the year.

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POTD 4/4/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/4/24 AT THE START - A Turkey hen looks like most of us feel about the April snow storm that hit overnight. Turkeys were pecking under the bird feeders - as if they knew deep snow was coming.

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POTD 4/3/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/3/24 COSTA RICAN HUMMER - It will be at least another month before we see Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in New Hampshire - but I photographed this Rufous-tailed Hummingbird in Costa Rica recently. The Rufous-tailed is the most abundant Hummingbird among the nearly 20 species of Hummers in the "Birds of Costa Rica" guidebook.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/3/24 Wed, 03 Apr 2024 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/2/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/2/24 SHOW YOUR TRUE COLORS - A pair of male Bufflehead ducks show iridescent color on their usually black heads as the light strikes just right. Waterfowl are showing up on the area ponds in their Spring migration. These two were among a group of 12 Buffleheads on Mill Pond Sunday.

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POTD 4/1/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/4/potd-4/1/24 EASTER TULIPS  

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POTD 3/31/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/31/24  

THEY'RE BAAAACK - Herons staking claim on a nest on the beaver pond. Winter storms have not been kind to the heron nests on the area ponds - so arriving birds are claiming the available nests.

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POTD 3/30/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/30/24 GONNA BE SPRING - The snow and ice from last weekend's storm melted just in time for the Crocus to emerge, struggling against the cold to open.

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POTD 3/29/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/29/24 PINING FOR MY SHED - A Porcupine emerges from beneath one of our outbuildings. An ice storm last Saturday had the little fellow looking for shelter - and we have seen Porcupines there before - so as long as he stays here and doesn't bother our neighbor's dogs...whattaya gonna do?

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POTD 3/28/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/28/24 FOXY SPARROW - Spring birds are coming back - like this Fox Sparrow rustling on the ground under the Rhododendron.

 

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POTD 3/27/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/27/24 JUNGLE LOVE - On a night hike in the rain forest in Costa Rica, our guide pointed out two Red-eyed Tree Frogs in this hanging embrace. The flora and fauna of the Costa Rican rain forest was amazing...but I'm glad to be back in our forest for Spring!

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POTD 3/26/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/26/24 BACK TO THIS? - After seven days sweating near the Equator - New Hampshire had this to come home to.

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POTD 3/25/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/25/24 BACK FROM VACATION - Several lovely days at an Eco-Resort in Costa Rica gave me quite a few candidates for POTD images of birds and critters we don't have in New Hampshire...oh, and they have nice sunsets, too!

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POTD 3/24/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/24/24 I'll be back from vacation tomorrow - so Picture Of The Day will be back from the archive to the beaver pond.

OLYMPIC DRUMMING - One of the cultural sights of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea was ceremonial drumming at a temple near the Olympic Media Center. I spent a month in Seoul during the 88' Olympics working as a digital scanner operator for the Associated Press. Digital scanners were being used by the AP for the first time at those Olympics - to scan film to create digital files for AP to transmit, without the need to make photographic prints.

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POTD 3/23/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/23/24 POTD ON VACATION - I'm on vacation this week without reliable internet, so this week's POTDs will be from my archive.

 

LIAR'S BENCH - Gentlemen swap stories on a bench in the center of Petersburg, Indiana in this photograph from 1977, when I was a local newspaper photographer in southern Indiana.
 

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POTD 3/22/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/22/24 POTD ON VACATION - I'm on vacation this week without reliable internet, so this week's POTDs will be from my archive.
 

ROCK ON - Kenny Loggins rocks out in the late 1970s. I took pictures at many of the concerts we went to.  Loggins & Messina recorded seven albums from 1972-1977 and were part of our 70s music scene.

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POTD 3/21/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/21/24 POTD ON VACATION - I'm on vacation this week without reliable internet, so this week's POTDs will be from my archive.
 

HOLY PLACE - When I worked for an Israeli company in the 1990s, I got the chance to visit Jerusalem several times. Each tour of the old city included a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre - said to be the site where Jesus was crucified and the site of Jesus' empty tomb.  The control of the church, in an understanding dating back to 1757, is shared among several Christian denominations, including Greek Orthodox.

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POTD 3/20/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/20/24 POTD ON VACATION - I'm on vacation this week without reliable internet, so this week's POTDs will be from my archive.
 

HISTORICALLY TALL - In the 1980's, the World's Tallest Woman was Sandy Allen of Shelbyville, Indiana. I photographed Ms. Allen at Grundman's Shoes in Vincennes, Indiana, where she got her custom-made shoes. Her height, at 7 feet 7 inches, was due to a tumor in her pituitary gland. Ms Allen held the title of Tallest Woman for the last 16 years of her life. Sandra Elaine Allen ( June 18, 1955-August 13, 2008), once the World's Tallest Woman.

World's Tallest Woman Sandra Allen visiting Grundman's Shoes in Vincennes

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POTD 3/19/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/19/24 POTD ON VACATION - I'm on vacation this week without reliable internet, so this week's POTDs will be from my archive.
 

CHARLIE HUSTLE - With his characteristic head-first dive, Pete Rose slides into second base during a St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies game in the late 1970s. In 1989, after an over 20 career as a player and manager,  Rose was penalized with permanent ineligibility from baseball amid accusations that he had gambled on baseball games while he played for and managed the Cincinnati Reds. The ineligibility has kept Rose from the Baseball Hall of Fame and continues to be controversial.

Pete Rose

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POTD 3/18/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/18/24 POTD ON VACATION - I'm on vacation this week without reliable internet, so this week's POTDs will be from my archive.
 

ARREST DANCE - I was a photographer for the Fort Lauderdale News in 1975 when police were sent to the New River in the center of town for a man swimming in the river. When the police (and I) arrived on the scene, the man had removed his clothes and was swimming nude. There was no explanation for why the man had removed his clothes - but his arrest made for a funny newspaper photo - but it WAS in Florida.

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POTD 3/17/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/17/24 POTD ON VACATION - I'm on vacation this week without reliable internet, so this week's POTDs will be from my archive.

MARCH MADNESS - I was a newspaper photographer in the 1980s in Indiana - the home of basketball hysteria - where it wasn't unusual for kids to be out shooting hoops in their snowy driveways. 

My beautiful picture

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POTD 3/16/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/16/24 PASSING THROUGH - A couple of young deer skirt the yard - maybe because I was standing out there? Now that the snow has melted, the deer that were regulars this winter are not showing up as often.

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POTD 3/15/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/15/24 DRINKIN' - A Chickadee drinks at the bird bath. Birds can drink their body weight in one day, or they can get by with almost no water at all. Spring-like weather in New Hampshire has the birds hitting the water in our bird bath.

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POTD 3/14/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/14/24 FINCH ME - A female Purple Finch on the Finch sock. It's usually the boys that show up first - but in the Purple Finch case, this female beat the boys to the sock.

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POTD 3/13/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/13/24 PHOTOGRAPHIC CARDINAL RULE - As a nature photographer - especially drawn to photographing birds - it is impossible not to shoot a photo when I see a Cardinal. Just one of those things, I guess.

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POTD 3/12/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/12/24 LONELY TOM - A solitary male Turkey has been hanging around the yard, scrounging under the bird feeders. We are used to seeing Turkeys in the Spring - usually several males fanning their tail feathers and strutting their stuff. So far just this guy.

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POTD 3/11/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/11/24 DAY DRINKIN' - A male Red-bellied Woodpecker drinks from a reliable tree branch wound. With it's bright red head, you might think it would be called a Red-headed Woodpecker - but there is another woodpecker with a completely red head. Hence, this woodpecker's slightly red belly is the reason for his name.

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POTD 3/10/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/10/24 FIRST MERGANSER - Male Hooded Merganser sneaks through the beaver pond. It's a little early for us to see migrating waterfowl - so it was a nice surprise to see a pair of Mergansers on the beaver pond yesterday.

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POTD 3/9/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/9/24  

TERRITORIAL KERFUFFLE - Canada Geese defend their end of the beaver pond from another pair. After a lengthy exchange of honking and squawking, one pair of Geese ambushed another pair. A great deal of honking and splashing ensued. I could not tell which pair made a noisy retreat to the other end of the beaver pond. 

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POTD 3/8/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/8/24 I'M CALLING IT - With the arrival of a flock of Robins to the yard - I'm calling it SPRING! I know there can be plenty of Winter left in March in New Hampshire...but Robins say Spring to me.

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POTD 3/7/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/7/24 PEEPING TOM - A Tom Turkey pecks at his reflection in our bedroom window. Male turkeys get quite aggressive with other males as the mating season gets closer...and we see them pecking at their reflections every Spring.

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POTD 3/6/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/6/24 HISTORIC - In honor of Woman's History Month. In May 1977, I took this photograph of Janet Guthrie the moment she came off the track after becoming the first woman ever to qualify to compete in the Indianapolis 500. Guthrie, who will turn 86 tomorrow, was also the first woman to compete in the Daytona 500. She went on to race in three Indy 500s and 33 NASCAR events over four seasons and was the first woman to lead a lap in a NASCAR race.

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POTD 3/5/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/5/24 BOY OR A GIRL? - Black-capped Chickadee ready to hit the feeder. Chickadees, like many other birds (and unlike humans), can see ultraviolet light - a whole range of colors beyond purple. Male and female chickadees look alike to us, with white cheeks, but they look quite different to each other, as males have a much stronger ultraviolet reflection on their cheeks.

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POTD 3/4/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/4/24 SEEING OPEN WATER - A stretch of mild weather has the beaver pond starting to melt.

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POTD 3/3/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/3/24 ICE ON THE BROOK - Icicles above a small waterfall on the brook from the beaver pond.

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POTD 3/2/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/2/24 SHADOWS - The beaver pond is painted with shadows on a sunny March day.

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POTD 3/1/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/3/potd-3/1/24 FOREST SUNSET - Our winter sunsets are framed by trees and the same old tree line can be boring. I think a digital mirror image is more visually fun!

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POTD 2/29/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/29/24 SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY - It was a foggy, gray day in New Hampshire, so it was nice to have Pansy blooms in the greenhouse to brighten the day.

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POTD 2/28/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/28/24 R-RATED PERP WALK - It was common for the police to notify the news media to be ready when they brought people arrested to the jail. I was a photographer for the Fort Lauderdale News in 1975 when I was assigned to photograph a massage parlor bust perp walk. This photo was retouched by the art department to make the woman's garment a bit more discreet before it was published in the afternoon daily newspaper.

Massage Parlor Bust, Fort LauderdaleMassage Parlor Bust, Fort Lauderdale

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POTD 2/27/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/27/24 NAKED - Don't you hate it when your petals drop and your flower parts are showing. Potted Tulip past it's glory days.

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POTD 2/26/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/26/24 MAPLE SAP SEASON - A Chickadee takes advantage of a woodpecker hole to drink sap from the wound. Cold nights and warm days have the sap running and we've noticed several birds getting the sap from this woodpecker hole.

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POTD 2/25/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/25/24 WELCOME BACK - We usually have large flocks of turkeys in the yard - but this year, we had not seen any turkeys...until a large flock crowded the yard yesterday. About thirty "girls" scoured the yard for bird seed as the sun set.

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POTD 2/24/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/24/24 GIMME CRACKED CORN - A flock of Bluejays crowd around cracked corn we put out for the ground-feeding birds. Bluejays tend to crowd out the smaller birds when there is something to eat.

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POTD 2/23/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/23/24 FOR THE BIRDS - A male Red-bellied Woodpecker works the bark of his favorite maple tree. While they frequent suet and seed feeders, a large part of woodpeckers' diet is insects and larvae they peck from crevices in tree bark.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/23/24 Fri, 23 Feb 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/22/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/22/24 ARCHIVE POTD - TO THE MOON - Apollo 15 on the launchpad at Cape Kennedy space center on the night before liftoff for a mission to land on the Moon. July 26, 1971 - I was working as a summer intern photographer for the Orlando Sentinel and was assigned to photograph the crowds of people camping on the beach to watch the 9:34AM launch. I shot this photo on a press tour to see the rocket on the pad the night before launch. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/22/24 Thu, 22 Feb 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/21/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/21/24 MOON ME - Last night's waxing gibbous moon at 86% illumination on the way to full for the weekend.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/21/24 Wed, 21 Feb 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/20/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/20/24 PURPLE? FINCH - The New Hampshire State bird - the Purple Finch - is not actually purple. Why? The species name, purpureus, comes from Latin and means "crimson" or other reddish color. Our word "purple" meaning a color obtained from mixing red and blue, also derives from the Latin purpurpeus. The male Purple Finch is actually a crimson colored Finch and the female has no red at all.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/20/24 Tue, 20 Feb 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/19/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/19/24 SOCK IT TO ME - Goldfinch eats Nyjer seed from a seed sock.

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POTD 2/18/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/18/24 MS CARDINAL - The male Cardinal, all bright red, gets the most "red bird" attention. The female Cardinal is a beautiful red bird also.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/18/24 Sun, 18 Feb 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/17/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/17/24 THINKING SPRING - Potted Tulips from the grocery store are enough to think Spring.

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POTD 2/16/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/16/24 MIRROR MIRROR - Mirror image of a gnarly tree on the path from the beaver pond.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/16/24 Fri, 16 Feb 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/15/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/15/24 NOT SO FUNNY NOW - Ronald and Nancy Reagan during a campaign stop in Indiana in the early 1980's. I photographed Reagan several times, starting while he was governor of California and during his Presidency. His years as the 40th President from 1981 to 1989 was the time I was a full-time photojournalist in southern Indiana and photographing the President was always exciting. Reagan's Wikipedia page called him one of the most prominent conservative figures in American history - in a recent op-ed piece in the NY Times his daughter Patti contrasted her father to politicians in the G.O.P. today.

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POTD 2/14/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/14/24 LOVE DOVES - A Mourning Dove at the bird bath.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/14/24 Wed, 14 Feb 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/13/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/13/24 I'M DOWNY WITH THAT - A male Downy Woodpecker shuffles between an orange in a suet holder and the suet. We found that woodpeckers liked the oranges we put out for the Orioles - so we started putting them out almost year-round.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/13/24 Tue, 13 Feb 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/12/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/12/24 SEEDY - A Dark-eyed Junco snags a black oil sunflower seed.

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POTD 2/11/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/11/24 LOOKIN' FOR BARE GROUND -  Deer in the yard looking for patches of melted snow. Record warm temperatures are melting the snow and the deer are finding the paths of bare ground.

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POTD 2/10/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/10/24 RED HEADED STRANGER - A male Red-bellied Woodpecker showed up yesterday after being absent for quite a long stretch. We'd been seeing a female, but no male for a long time. Happy to see him back, almost showing the red on his belly that gets him the name. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/10/24 Sat, 10 Feb 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/9/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/9/24 POTD FROM THE ARCHIVE - Some of you may know I was a newspaper photojournalist many years ago and had the opportunity to photograph some interesting people and places. This photograph from the early 1970s of Barry Goldwater speaking at Indiana University in front of a chalk board with graffitti advocating peace. Goldwater specialized in defense and foreign policy as a Senator from Arizona so to speak on a university campus during the Vietnam war created the contrasting messages. Note: As this is the first POTD from my archive, I'd appreciate knowing if you are interested in an occasional  photo from my archive with a short explanation for context.

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POTD 2/8/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/8/24 TRACKS - Meandering tracks in the snow lead out to the beaver lodge on the frozen beaver pond. Most likely coyote - taking advantage of the ice to sniff around the beaver lodge they can't get to with open water.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/8/24 Thu, 08 Feb 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/7/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/7/24 BLOOMIN' - Our Clivia in full bloom. Clivia, also called bush lily, is spectacular bloomer in the Amaryllis family. A Clivia plant needs to be several years old before it blooms and ours does not bloom every year - even though it is more than 15 years old.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/7/24 Wed, 07 Feb 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/6/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/6/24 TURKEY ABBY ROAD - Those of us of a certain age may recognize the reference. Turkeys in the road. ;-)

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/6/24 Tue, 06 Feb 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/5/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/5/24 MY DEAR - A young deer catches me looking from the window. Persistent snow cover is bringing the deer into the yard.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/5/24 Mon, 05 Feb 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/4/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/4/24 SKI DAY - After a stretch of gray, winter weather -we had a sunny day and an invitation to ski. Our friend Rick managed to stay upright - I did not ;-) 

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POTD 2/3/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/3/24 ICY - A Chickadee with a little sliver of ice stuck to it's beak. We have a heated water bowl for the birds - but they still go for the edges of the frozen birdbaths and this one picked up a slice of ice.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/3/24 Sat, 03 Feb 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/2/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/2/24 STAYIN' AROUND - The snow we got last weekend is not going anywhere, making our yard a Winter Wonderland of snow.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/2/24 Fri, 02 Feb 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/1/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/1/24 BRIGHT SPOT on a gray day. Spotting a male Cardinal always brightens the day.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/2/potd-2/1/24 Thu, 01 Feb 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/31/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/31/24 AVIAN CHALET - Garden birdhouses adorned with recent snowfall.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/31/24 Wed, 31 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/30/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/30/24 JAYBIRD - Deep snow brought lots of Bluejays into the yard and I always think of our friend "Jaybird" when the Bluejays are around.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/30/24 Tue, 30 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/29/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/29/24 SNOW SQUALL - Gray day on the beaver pond as New Hampshire got Sunday snow.

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POTD 1/28/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/28/24 CHICKADEE - Named for their Chick-a-DEE-DEE-DEE call, their dee-dee-dee calls announce the presence of predators or any other newsworthy event. Inquisitive, bold and social, Chickadees are popular at the feeders.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/28/24 Sun, 28 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/27/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/27/24 DRIPPY -  The drips were freezing on everything in Friday's drizzle. A good day to watch nature through the window.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/27/24 Sat, 27 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/26/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/26/24 UNICORN? - Our naturalist friend said deer shed their antlers in Jan and Feb - so when Spike showed up today with only one of his spikes - we'll look around for his other antler.

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POTD 1/25/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/25/24 HEAD ON - A Bluejay interrupted chipping open a black sunflower seed.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/25/24 Thu, 25 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/24/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/24/24 ICE ART -  Ice formations on the edge of the brook from the beaver pond take on interesting shapes.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/24/24 Wed, 24 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/23/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/23/24 HOT TO TROT - Young doe gets frisky in a snow squall.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/23/24 Tue, 23 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/22/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/22/24 BRRRRRR - Hoar frost crystals form on a puddle on the path to the beaver pond. Hoar frost forms when water vapour in the air comes in contact with an object that is below freezing. Rather than the water vapor first condensing onto the object and then freezing, the water vapor immediately freezes to form ice crystals.

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POTD 1/21/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/21/24 FLASHY - Male Cardinal in the feeder is a bright spot on a gray, winter day.

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POTD 1/20/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/20/24 WINTER FISHING - An Ice Fisherman pulls his sled across a frozen pond under a winter sky.

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POTD 1/19/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/19/24 DEER ME -  Several days of snow cover have the deer coming into the yard.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/19/24 Fri, 19 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/18/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/18/24  CARDINAL RULE - Female Cardinal shells a sunflower seed she plucked out of the snow under the feeder.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/18/24 Thu, 18 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/17/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/17/24 SQUIRRELY - A Red Squirrel digs out seeds under the bird feeder after a day-long storm Tuesday left several inches of cold, dry snow.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/17/24 Wed, 17 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/16/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/16/24 ICE IS BACK -  Ice forms on even the tiniest branch hanging over the brook. Winter rain has dumped water that is flooding brooks and streams and leaving icicles on everything.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/16/24 Tue, 16 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/15/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/15/24  CHICK CHICK A DEE - A Chickadee gets vocal after the storm.

 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/15/24 Mon, 15 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/14/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/14/24 PAINT MY POND - Blue sky reflection in the over-ice melt on the beaver pond Saturday. We had snow, then rain and are preparing for really cold temps this coming week.

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POTD 1/13/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/13/24 FEATHERED FRIENDS - A Dark-eyed Junco drinks at the bird bath.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/13/24 Sat, 13 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/12/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/12/24 BIRD ? FEEDERS - Spike scrounges under the bird feeder as his "friend" watched warily.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/12/24 Fri, 12 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/11/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/11/24 CLOUDS LINGER - After the big storm this week - dark clouds over the beaver pond. 

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POTD 1/10/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/10/24 NEW YEAR SUNRISE - We're always watching for a colorful sunrise - but even when it happens, it only lasts a few minutes. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/10/24 Wed, 10 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/9/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/9/14 PUFFED JUNCO - Slate colored Junco puffs to insulate from the cold.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/9/14 Tue, 09 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/8/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/8/24 A MOUTHFUL - Female Goldfinch gets a beak full of snow while pecking around during Sunday's nor'easter. Heavy snow brought lots of birds back to the feeders.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/8/24 Mon, 08 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/7/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/7/24 ROAD LEADS HOME -  Snow covers a mostly frozen beaver pond - except for the "path" the beavers kept open from the lodge to the shore.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/7/24 Sun, 07 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/6/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/6/24 BEAVER POND ON ICE - Weather in New Hampshire has been going from warm to cold and back - so the beaver pond shows uneven ice cover. Forecast is for plowable snow this weekend, so welcome winter fun.

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POTD 1/5/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/pod-1/5/24 FLAKEY - The first snowflakes of 2024 fall on a Mourning Dove. Along with the Robin, the Mourning Dove is one of the most widespread species in North America. One contributor to their success is the ability to nest almost year-round, even in northern climates.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/pod-1/5/24 Fri, 05 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/4/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/4/24 NOT A BIRD - We have noticed lots fewer birds in the yard this year...and you know my POTD is frequently a picture of a bird - so I'm not unhappy that several young deer have been coming around. We love all nature - and "It's not a bird" ;-)

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/4/24 Thu, 04 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/3/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/3/24 ODD WEATHER, ODD ICE - Needle ice is a needle-shaped column of ice formed by groundwater. Needle ice forms when the temperature of the soil is above 32 °F and the surface temperature of the air is below 32 °F. Liquid water underground rises to the surface by capillary action, and then freezes and contributes to a growing needle-like ice column. The process usually occurs at night when the air temperature reaches its minimum. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/3/24 Wed, 03 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/2/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/2/24 BEAUTIFUL WAY TO START THE YEAR - Unusual to have such a mild New Year's Day - but we'll take it ;-)

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/2/24 Tue, 02 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/1/24 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/1/24 PEACE IN THE NEW YEAR - After a winter with a noticeable dearth of birds in our yard - it was appropriate for the return of a Mourning Dove on New Years Eve. Even though bird populations fluctuate seasonally and from one year to the next - alarming recent studies found a net loss of 2.9 billion breeding birds, or 29% of the overall population, since 1970. This year bird activity in our yard was noticeably less.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2024/1/potd-1/1/24 Mon, 01 Jan 2024 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/31/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/31/23 OH DEER - Spike brought a friend to the yard. Welcome little girl deer.

 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/31/23 Sun, 31 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/30/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/30/23 FOG ROLLIN' IN - Fog rolls in over the beaver pond. Warm temperatures for December, so we have rain and not snow...open water, not ice on the beaver pond.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/30/23 Sat, 30 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/29/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/29/23 SQUIRRELY - An Eastern Gray Squirrel with it's winter coat and gloves seems ready for winter.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/29/23 Fri, 29 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/28/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/28/23 ARTY ICE - I've been fascinated by mirror images in photographs since the 1970s, when I was influenced by the work of Jerry Uelsmann. It was one of the easier photo "tricks" back in the film days before Photoshop. It's much easier now with digital everything...and I still love seeing what comes out.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/28/23 Thu, 28 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/27/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/27/23 FOGGY ISLAND POND

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/27/23 Wed, 27 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/26/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/26/23 CHRISTMAS CARDINAL - Always a good sign when we see a Cardinal. Merry Christmas!

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/26/23 Tue, 26 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/25/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/25/23 THE MIRACLE OF CHRISTMAS - You never know who will show up for Christmas! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/25/23 Mon, 25 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/24/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/24/23 CHRISTMAS ON THE BEAVER POND

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/24/23 Sun, 24 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/23/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/23/23 PUDDLE PIDDLE -  Patterns in the ice on a puddle on the path to the beaver pond.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/23/23 Sat, 23 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/22/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/22/23 TEETH OF WINTER - Icicles on the brook from the beaver pond on the shortest day of the year. It was a particularly mild Winter Solstice - could it mean a mild winter?

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/22/23 Fri, 22 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/21/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/21/23 WHY THE PATTERN? - According to a Google search - As water freezes, the attractions the water molecules have for one another overcome their motion and hold them in fixed positions. Water molecules freeze in a hexagonal pattern and the molecules are further apart than they were as liquid water. Interesting ;-)

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/21/23 Thu, 21 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/20/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/20/23 SPIKE UPDATE - Still visiting the yard and after making it through hunting season, maybe thanking us for a safe place to live.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/20/23 Wed, 20 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/19/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/19/23 A LITTLE RAIN and the brook goes crazy. Actually, we had more than a little rain, and fortunately we live up the hill a good ways from the brook.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/19/23 Tue, 19 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/18/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/18/23 ME DRINKING? - Female Cardinal caught mid-drink at the bird bath.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/18/23 Mon, 18 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/17/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/17/23 UNUSUAL MOON SIGHT - Friday night's Waxing Crescent moon. This first phase after the new moon shows the moon's features with the moon mostly dark except for the right edge. The Friday moon has illumination of 8% - which jumped to 16% with Saturday's Waxing Crescent moon.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/17/23 Sun, 17 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/16/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/16/23 YA MISSED ME - Spike, the young male deer that has been frequenting our yard, may have been taunting the hunters - as today was the final day of deer hunting season. Our 30+ acres is posted No Hunting, but plenty of forest in the area for deer hunters, and we're happy Spike made it through this hunting season.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/16/23 Sat, 16 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/15/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/15/23 SPECIAL NIGHT - Main House at Hampshire Country School glowing from hundreds of luminaries under a starry December night. The annual Luminary Festival is a display of over 500 candle-lit bags marked with special messages, hopes for the coming year and remembrances of loved ones. Hampshire Country School is a special place with special people doing amazing things. Beautiful Holiday tradition.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/15/23 Fri, 15 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/14/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/14/23 LIMBS - I took some digital liberties with a downed tree at the beaver pond. See what you will!

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/14/23 Thu, 14 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/13/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/13/23 ON THE BROOK -  The Northeast got rain...and the brook from the beaver pond was in high gear.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/13/23 Wed, 13 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/12/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/12/23 CHEWY - I watched this beaver dig roots on the edge of the beaver pond - then chomp them.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/12/23 Tue, 12 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/11/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/11/23 FOG ON THE ICE - A warm day set up for fog to hang over the skim of ice on the beaver pond.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/11/23 Mon, 11 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/10/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/10/23 DOES THIS COLOR MAKE ME LOOK FAT? -Male Cardinal puffed against winter cold.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/10/23 Sun, 10 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/9/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/9/23 CLOUDS -  I've looked at clouds from both sides now. Always fascinated by clouds - but I really don't know clouds at all.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/9/23 Sat, 09 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/8/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/8/23 SKY HIGH -  When the sunset sky is the coolest thing you see that day!

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/8/23 Fri, 08 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/7/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/7/23 ON THE EDGE - Female Mallard duck stands on the ice at the edge of open water. Fickle weather has the ice on ponds coming and going.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/7/23 Thu, 07 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/6/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/6/23 OH DEER - Little male deer interrupted foraging under the bird feeder.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/6/23 Wed, 06 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/5/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/5/23 IN ANY OTHER LIGHT -  A Common Grackle is brightly colored if viewed in "just the right" light. Otherwise plain and black colored - when light hits the feathers just right the iridescent colors pop out.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/5/23 Tue, 05 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/4/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/4/23 BACK FOR THE WINTER - Birds are scarce at feeders in late summer and fall when food is plentiful elsewhere...but the snow brings the birds back to the feeders like this Goldfinch and Cardinal.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/4/23 Mon, 04 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/3/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/3/23 MUNCHIES - A beaver strips bark from a twig after a warm stretch of weather melted the ice cover.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/3/23 Sun, 03 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/2/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/2/23 SPIKE IS BACK - The regulars get named...so this young male deer is Spike, who has been visiting the yard on a regular basis recently. We hope the No Hunting signs on our woods give Spike enough room to be safe from hunters.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/2/23 Sat, 02 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/1/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/1/23 CHERRY TREE SUNSET - When the birds are scarce - it's nice to have some color in the sunset.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/12/potd-12/1/23 Fri, 01 Dec 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/30/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/30/23 EVERY LAST LEAF - This little "spike" deer has been coming into the yard every evening. He has gotten pretty much every leaf of the Rhododendron. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/30/23 Thu, 30 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/29/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/29/23 BRRRRR - Icicles form on everything hanging over waterfalls on the brook from the beaver pond.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/29/23 Wed, 29 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/28/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/28/23 JUST DROPPING IN - A group of Mallard ducks on Mill Pond. Migrating waterfowl are passing through New Hampshire ponds.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/28/23 Tue, 28 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/27/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/27/23 ART IN ICE -  I am blown away by nature! I love finding patterns and designs in our natural world. Sometimes I'm inclined to think what the natural patterns remind me of? Whatta ya think about this piece of ice art?

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/27/23 Mon, 27 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/26/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/26/23 NEARLY FULL - A clear sky and an early moonrise - I couldn't wait until Monday for the Full Beaver Moon. Tonight's 96.6% waxing gibbous moon was close enough for a photo.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/26/23 Sun, 26 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/25/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/25/23 OPT OUT FRIDAY VIEW - We continued our tradition of getting outdoors on the day after Thanksgiving...with an Opt Outdoors hike up New Ipswich Mountain for the view of Monadnock Mountain. Lovely day - even with a chilly wind.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/25/23 Sat, 25 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/24/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/24/23 WE ARE THANKFUL for all of our good fortune. Toasting our 49th Thanksgiving together!

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/24/23 Fri, 24 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/23/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/23/23 JAYBIRD - Blue Jay at the bird bath.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/23/23 Thu, 23 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/22/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/22/23 CALL ME A LUNATIC - The moon is 8 days old and is in the Waxing Gibbous phase of its lunar cycle. It is 61% illuminated. Moon phases reveal the passage of time in the night sky.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/22/23 Wed, 22 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/21/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/21/23 DRINK UP - Female Cardinal drinks at the bird bath. Birds are coming back to the yard after spending the Fall in the forest.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/21/23 Tue, 21 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/20/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/20/23 JADED - Not all of our Jade plants bloom - but the one that does has beautiful little blossoms .

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/20/23 Mon, 20 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/19/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/19/23 GOLDEN HOUR on the beaver pond.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/19/23 Sun, 19 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/18/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/18/23 MOON SLIVER -  A cresent moon shines through leafless trees.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/18/23 Sat, 18 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/17/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/17/23 ICE EDGE - A Mallard duck swims in the open water next to the edge of the ice. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/17/23 Fri, 17 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/16/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/16/23 HEADING SOUTH - Like many humans, most ducks head south in the winter. We have been noticing groups of migrating ducks on our local ponds this week - something we are more accustomed to seeing during Spring migration.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/16/23 Thu, 16 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/15/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/15/23 THEN IT SNOWED - Light, fluffy snow on a Brown Eyed Susan bloom that had already wilted to winter.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/15/23 Wed, 15 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/14/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/14/23 AND THE WATER IN THE BIRDBATH FROZE - A Bluejay eats ice from the frozen birdbath. Birds will eat snow and ice when open water is not available. This Jay must not have known about the heated water bowl for the birds on the back patio.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/14/23 Tue, 14 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/13/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/13/23 REMINDER OF WINTER - Icicles on the brook from the beaver pond is another reminder that winter is here.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/13/23 Mon, 13 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/12/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/12/23 DON'T BUG ME - It's the time of year when the sneaky stink bugs try to come into the house any way they can. This one still on the outside - thankfully. The Brown Marmorated Stink bug does not like to spend time outdoors in cold weather. Stink Bugs are attracted to the warmth and shelter of your house and will enter through any cracks and openings they can find. Don't bug me!

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/12/23 Sun, 12 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/11/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/11/23 WINTER ON ISLAND POND - A foggy morning gives Island Pond a winter look.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/11/23 Sat, 11 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/10/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/10/23 ON ICE - A Sunflower, left for the birds at the end of the season, gets an icy coating from the overnight freezing rain reminding us that winter has arrived in New Hampshire.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/10/23 Fri, 10 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/9/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/9/23 BARE TREES - All the leaves are gone from the cherry tree, with only the oak leaves hanging on.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/9/23 Thu, 09 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/8/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/8/23 LIGHT IT UP - Cloudy afternoon on the beaver pond had the light splitting the mountain.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/8/23 Wed, 08 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/7/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/7/23 I'M BACK - A Chickadee announces it's presence with it's namesake dee dee dee call. Chickadees are just now returning to the feeders. Since more than half of their diet year-round is animal prey - they have had plenty to eat in the forest until the first hard freeze of the  season - when they come back for their second favorite food - black sunflower seeds.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/7/23 Tue, 07 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/6/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/6/23 MOONY - A waning moon showing its' interesting geography. The moon's surface is covered with dead volcanoes, impact craters and lava flows.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/6/23 Mon, 06 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/5/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/5/23 OAK ON THE WATER - The Bronze Age of fall foliage is on the water.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/5/23 Sun, 05 Nov 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/4/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/4/23 CURLY - Wind on the beaver pond had the reflections turning curly. Reminding me of a John Prine lyric - "Sometimes you come home straight, sometimes you come home curly. Sometimes you don't come home at all."

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/4/23 Sat, 04 Nov 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/3/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/3/23 FROSTED - A Shasta Daisy bloom wilts after the first killing frost of the season.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/3/23 Fri, 03 Nov 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/2/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/2/23 THE BRONZE PHASE - New Ipswich Mountain above the beaver pond with brown and bronze of the oak and beech trees being what's left of the 2023 fall foliage.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/2/23 Thu, 02 Nov 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/1/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/11/potd-11/1/23 FROST BITTEN - The first frost of the season dusts one of the only flowers left in the garden. It's actually late for the first frost in New Hampshire.

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POTD 10/31/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/31/23 LONELY FINCH - A female Goldfinch drinks at the birdbath. Finches are flock birds - and this ladies' flock has not come back yet from their Summer range.

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POTD 10/30/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/30/23  

WATERFALL - Fall water on the brook from the beaver pond.

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POTD 10/29/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/29/23  

COUNTRY ROAD - take me home!

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POTD 10/28/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/28/23 KEEPING A LOW PROFILE - Young Cardinal keeps a low profile shelling back oil sunflower seeds at the feeder. Birds are scarce at feeders this time of year - preferring foods from the forest.

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POTD 10/27/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/27/23 FALL FELL - Leaves on the brook from the beaver pond - with our yard/feeder birds either already migrated or finding plenty to eat in the forest - the Fall leaves are still the star of the daily photo show.

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POTD 10/26/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/26/23 DAM -  This is why there is beaver pond...Damn cool ;-) !

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POTD 10/25/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/25/23 ALMOST WINTER SKY - Cloudy evening as our sunsets get earlier every day.

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POTD 10/24/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/24/23 LOVELY MONADNOCK DAY...say no more! ;-)

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POTD 10/23/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/23/23 PRETTY PATH - The path to the beaver pond is a carpet of color as Fall is falling fast with rain and windy weather.

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POTD 10/22/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/22/23 FALL YARD - The forest around our yard is bright with the famous New England Fall foliage. We don't go far for our leaf peeping

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POTD 10/21/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/21/23 STILL FALL IN NEW HAMPSHIRE - Stopped at a spot on the way back from the annual apple orchard visit to shoot more Fall foliage. Rainy, windy weather has the fall leaves falling fast - but the color is still around.

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POTD 10/20/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/20/23 BLUEBIRD DAY - We had a friend that referred to a day of beautiful weather a "bluebird day"....we think of him every time we see a bluebird - especially on a day of beautiful New England Fall weather. It was a Bluebird Day!

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POTD 10/19/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/19/23 MISTY MORNING ON ISLAND POND 

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POTD 10/18/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/18/23 ANOTHER FALL LEAVES PHOTO -  I heard from POTD consumers that don't live in New England - that they enjoyed seeing our annual change of season (think Florida)...AND - Fall foliage is WHAT is happening in New Hampshire right now...so here is more! ;-)

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POTD 10/17/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/17/23 THE BIG SHOW - Color on the beaver pond is the big show right now - as the birds usually at our feeders have either migrated or are finding plenty of natural food in the forest. After a bright start - the fall foliage is not as bright this year as some years. Still, beautiful when the clouds part.

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POTD 10/16/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/16/23 THAT'S A VIEW - Monadnock Mountain, Gap Mountain and others viewed from Barrett Mountain on a cloudy October evening.

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POTD 10/15/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/15/23 ECLIPSED - Overcast with clouds in New Hampshire for the Solar Eclipse...but the flat light made the Fall color on the beaver pond stand out.

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POTD 10/14/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/14/23 HORNY - A young male deer sports horny antlers foraging on the edge of the yard for landscape plants.

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POTD 10/13/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/13/23 SKY HIGH COLOR - Maple tree in full Fall foliage.

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POTD 10/12/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/12/23 TO BE OR NOT TO BEE - Seeing an American Bumble Bee on one of the last Zinnias in the garden made me wonder what bees do in the winter?  An Internet search: Most bees and wasps hibernate during the winter. Honeybees, however, don't go dormant. Honeybees can survive the cold winter and remain active, despite the frigid temperatures and lack of flowers and pollen by huddling up in the hive. My field guide says the Bumble Bee's Queen overwinters and nests underground.

 

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POTD 10/11/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/11/23 FALLING WATER - A rainy Fall has the brook flowing and Fall leaves on the ground.

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POTD 10/10/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/10/23 AND THEN IT'S GONE - The Monarch chrysalis was showing Monarch colors - and the next morning it was empty. We have seen Monarch butterflies in the yard - so we think they are the ones from the chrysalis - but we didn't see them emerge.

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POTD 10/9/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/9/23 FALL IN FULL SWING on the beaver pond.

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POTD 10/8/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/8/23  

ABOUT TO FLY - Milkweed plants produce distinct seed pods in late summer. Typically, these pods are horn shaped, or otherwise long, narrow and tubular. Pods are filled with seeds and floss, a material attached to the seed that allows it to travel on the wind, similar to dandelion seed. The Milkweed we planted on the roof to attract Monarchs, and other butterflies, is off to be milkweed elsewhere.

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POTD 10/7/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/7/23 FOGGY FALL - According to the reports, cool nights make the fall foliage more vibrant...but a stretch of cool nights has made for morning fog on the beaver pond - obscuring the emerging foliage color, at least in the morning.

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POTD 10/6/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/6/23 MOON ME -  A waning Harvest moon framed by New England Fall Foliage. 

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POTD 10/5/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/5/23 FAIRY FLY - A Yellow-Legged Meadowhawk (I think, Dragonflies are hard ;-) hangs on a spent daylily stalk. The smallish dragonfly is common late in the season.

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POTD 10/4/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/4/23 WATER COLOR - A Mallard Duck glides into the transition of Fall reflections on Mountain Pond.

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POTD 10/3/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/3/23 SHOWING NAMESAKE - A Cedar Waxwing on the beaver pond. Waxwings get their name from the small red tips on the feathers of their inner wing, which reminded early naturalists of the red sealing wax used on important letters. The birds' red markings are not wax, of course, but Keratin ( the same substance as the rest of the feather) formed into a solid flat tip and decorated with red pigment. Waxwings eat mainly fruit and are hanging around the beaver pond into Fall to scrounge what berries and cherries that have not already been eaten.

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POTD 10/2/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/2/23 DOWNY SOFT - A female Downy Woodpecker at the suet. The "downy" in this bird's common name refers to the soft, white feathers of the long, white back stripe, in contrast to the similar, but more hair-like feathers on the back of the Hairy Woodpecker, a larger, similarly marked, yet not closely related species. 

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POTD 10/1/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/10/potd-10/1/23 SNOW BIRD ARRIVAL? - A Dark-Eyed Junco feeds on what's left of a flower bloom gone to seed. Dark-eyed Juncos are often called “Snowbirds,” possibly due to the fact that many people believe their return from their northern breeding grounds foretells the return of cold and snowy weather. We see Juncos here in New Hampshire almost year-round...but notice them particularly when other birds have dispersed to the woods and the Juncos are pecking around in the yard and on the patio.

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POTD 9/30/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/30/23  

HAZY DAZE - Monadnock Mountain in a Fall day haze.

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POTD 9/29/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/29/23  

ALWAYS A LADY - An American Lady, aka American Painted Lady, Vanessa virginiensis is a butterfly in the Brushroot Family. They are migratory - so we won't be seeing her around much longer.

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POTD 9/28/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/28/23  

LIKE MAGIC - A Merlin hunts from a perch on the beaver pond. It is hawk migration season - so this one might be just passing  though.

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POTD 9/27/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/27/23 REVERSE DIMORPHISM - Sexually dimorphic plumage coloration is widespread in birds in which the male is brighter and has more striking feather features. It is the opposite in the Belted Kingfisher - as it is the female with the decorative brown belt (see below) - and the male has a plain white front. (top photo)

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POTD 9/26/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/26/23 ROCKIN' THE POLKA DOTS - A female Northern Flicker hunts ants in the yard. A Flicker is a type of woodpecker - favorite food is ants. 

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POTD 9/25/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/25/23 OTTER-LY COOL - An Northern River Otter on the beaver pond. We don't see otters often - this one was eating fairly large fish before disappearing under the water.

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POTD 9/24/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/24/23 FLOWER POWER - A female Goldfinch eating Phlox bloom petals. The Hummingbirds have gone - leaving the Phlox blossoms for the Finches.

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POTD 9/23/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/23/23 IN B&W - It must be Fall - when a "Fall" warbler - a Black-and-White Warbler shows up in the yard. Over 50 species of wood warblers in North America show an incredible diversity of colors and patterns. With the variety of colors in warblers, we tend to focus on the brilliant ones - but black feathers also contribute to the appearance of most species of warblers - especially the Black-and-White Warbler.

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POTD 9/22/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/22/23 NOW YOU'RE JUST SHOWING OFF - Male Wood Duck with elaborate coloration on the beaver pond. In many bird species the male is more colorful or ornamented than the female. This is known as plumage dimorphism. Not all bird species display plumage dimorphism – but the Wood Duck is one of the most extreme examples...to the point of showing off. ;-)

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POTD 9/21/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/21/23 DON'T EAT ME WHEN I'M BUGGIN' -  An Eastern Phoebe chomps a grasshopper on the beaver pond.

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POTD 9/20/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/20/23 FALLIN' FOR YOU - With the beginning of Fall foliage as a backdrop, a female Belted Kingfisher watches from a perch at the edge of the beaver pond.

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POTD 9/19/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/19/23 WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW YOUR ASTER FROM A - Purple-stemmed Aster blooming along the edge of the beaver pond.

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POTD 9/18/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/18/23 MERLIN - A Merlin cleans it's beak after dining on a dragonfly it caught on the fly over the beaver pond. We watched the small, fast falcon swoop several times from a high perch to catch a dragonfly - then return to a branch in a tall, dead pine tree to eat its' catch. 

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POTD 9/17/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/17/23 NO SMOKING - The non-flower wildflower - Indian Pipes are Saprophytic, getting nourishment from decayed organic matter. An interesting fall wildflower along the trail to the beaver pond.

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POTD 9/16/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/16/23 HAVE A SUN-FLOWERY DAY!

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POTD 9/15/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/15/23 FEEDING TIME  - Fledgling Goldfinch is fed by mother. Unlike many other birds, Goldfinches are strict vegetarians, and they nest later in the summer to ensure that there are plenty of seeds available to feed their hungry nestlings. 

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POTD 9/14/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/14/23 STILL HUMMING AROUND - There are still several female Hummingbirds humming around - visiting the feeders and all the flower beds. We are expecting them to be heading south soon.

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POTD 9/13/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/13/23 FLOODS MADE THE NEWS - While flooding in several towns not far south of us made the national news - our rainfall made our brook picturesque.

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POTD 9/12/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/12/23 MONARCH - We have not seen many Monarch Butterflies this year - and after seeing Monarch caterpillars and now seeing Chrysalis - it was nice to spot a Monarch in the garden.

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POTD 9/11/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/11/23 I FEEL PRETTY -  A female Purple Finch reflected in the puddle she bathes in.

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POTD 9/10/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/10/23 FINCH KISS -  Female Goldfinches "interact" at the thistle sock. I'm not sure this was a "friendly" kiss.

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POTD 9/9/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/9/23 ON TO THE NEXT STAGE - A Monarch Butterfly caterpillar starts to curl into a "J-shape" before molting for the last of several times and entering into the chrysalis stage. We've been watching the caterpillars on the milkweed plants - and then looking for one to settle, since they crawl away from the milkweed plant before turning into a chrysalis. This one attached to the underside of a decorative bean plant on a trellis.

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POTD 9/8/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/8/23 PETAL PUSHER - Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird lands on the petals of a Zinnia bloom as she bulks up in preparation for migration. This time of year the Hummingbirds are pretty easy to photograph - even though they are really fast flyers - because they will go to nearly every flower in the row of Zinnias when they visit the garden.

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POTD 9/7/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/7/23 IDLE CHATTER - An Eastern Phoebe appears to be talking from a perch in a dead ash tree - showing the yellowish wash on the belly of Phoebes in Fall. Phoebes hunt insects from lower open branches.

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POTD 9/6/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/6/23 SEPTEMBER FLAG SCENE - An American flag display honoring First Responders is a patriotic scene at summers' end.

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POTD 9/5/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/5/23 FLOWER KISSED - Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird approaching a Phlox bloom. The male Hummers have already left New Hampshire to begin migration...and the females are frequenting the feeders and flowers before they leave on migration.

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POTD 9/4/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/4/23 BEAR WITH ME - Our morning coffee in the greenhouse was interrupted by the neighbors' warning that a bear was headed our way. Sure enough, a few minutes later - the bear ambled into our yard. My vocal discouragement sent him off without reward - but it stopped for a back scratch on a dead apple tree that has been used as a scratching tree by other bears.

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POTD 9/3/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/3/23 PUDDLE DRINKIN' - Turkey hen takes advantage of a puddle on the driveway for a drink.

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POTD 9/2/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/potd-9/2/23 COTTONGRASS ON THE BEAVER POND - Wickipedia: 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. 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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POD 9/1/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/9/pod-9/1/23 HERE'S LOOKIN' AT YOU - A Painted Turtle stretches its' neck to get a better look at me. There are lots of Painted Turtles at the beaver pond - but they are shy and tend to slide into the water when they see me coming.

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POTD 8/31/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/31/23 DIGGING THE FLOWERS - A female Goldfinch munches Phlox buds. Several species of birds eat flowers and some experts say the buds and blossoms may have more nutrition than seeds and fruit. 

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POTD 8/30/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/30/23 SHOWY FUNGI - Clavulinopsis fusiformis, commonly known as golden spindles, spindle-shaped yellow coral, or spindle-shaped fairy club, is a species of coral fungus in the family Clavariaceae.  Bright little patches of the golden spindles are showing up all through the woods.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/30/23 Wed, 30 Aug 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/29/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/29/23 big woodpecker - Our neighborhood Pileated Woodpecker stopped by. Huge wild cherry trees ring our yard and when the cherries are ripe they attract several species of birds, including this male Pileated.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/29/23 Tue, 29 Aug 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/28/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/28/23 HOUSE HUNTING -  A House Wren checks out a birdhouse overlooking the patio. Houses Wrens are aggressive to other nearby hole nesters - and can destroy other birds' eggs. We hope this Wren doesn't start causing trouble in the neighborhood.

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POTD 8/27/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/27/23 FLOWER POWER - The Hummingbirds are feeding frantically before they begin migration - and are frequent visitors to the patch of Zinnias. 

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POTD 8/26/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/26/23 FALL ON THE WAY -  A Maple leaf with early Fall color along the brook from the beaver pond.

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POTD 8/25/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/25/23 BEAVER POND INSECT CONTROL - Several bird species that live around the beaver pond eat bugs - but the most reliable and fun to watch is the Eastern Phoebe. They watch for prey from low perches (of which there are many at the beaver pond) and catch insects on the fly before returning, often, to the same perch. They are easy to spot and have a habit of wagging their tail often.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/25/23 Fri, 25 Aug 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/24/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/24/23 OCEAN VIEW - A late Summer trip to the ocean...rocks on Long Sands Beach in York, Maine...for a change of scenery.

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POTD 8/23/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/23/23 A BEAUTY - An American Painted Lady Butterfly on a Cosmos bloom. Butterflies can get by pretty well, even with a bit of damage to their wings.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/23/23 Wed, 23 Aug 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/22/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/22/23 YOU COME HERE OFTEN? - We are seeing Bald Eagles at the beaver pond on a regular basis now...after years of never seeing them here. Great to have big birds to photograph...if they don't upset the scene.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/22/23 Tue, 22 Aug 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/21/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/21/23 MISUNDERSTOOD? - The Common Grackle has a bad reputation for being large, strong and opportunistic - but in the right light their iridescence makes them look pretty cool.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/21/23 Mon, 21 Aug 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/20/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/20/23 CARDINAL ON THE WAY - 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. This immature Cardinal is just starting to get his adult bill color.   

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POTD 8/19/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/19/23 PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE - Indian Pipe is the un-wildflower wildflower.  With no chlorophyill to make it green - it is saprophytic - getting nourishment from decayed organic matter. And, it is not a flower to be picked - since it turns black when picked.

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POTD 8/18/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/18/23 SPLISH, SPLASH - A female Purple Finch bathes in the bird bath. 

 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/18/23 Fri, 18 Aug 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/17/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/17/23 DEWLY NOTED - Spider web catches dew.

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POTD 8/16/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/16/23 WHERE THE BOYS ARE - After a stretch of seeing only female hummingbirds - we spotted a male at the feeders today. He was interacting with at least four females - jostling at the feeders in a steady rain.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/16/23 Wed, 16 Aug 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/15/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/15/23 VERY CHERRY BERRY - Male Northern Flicker plucks a ripe cherry. Flickers - a type of woodpecker - are usually seen pecking the ground in search of its' favorite food, ants...but it seems everyone is a fruit eater when the cherries are ripe.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/15/23 Tue, 15 Aug 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/14/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/14/23 FINALLY -  We have been waiting all summer for a Monarch caterpillar on our pollinator garden Milkweed plants. Finally spotted four on the Milkweed today. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/14/23 Mon, 14 Aug 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/13/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/13/23 SMALLEST FALCON - An American Kestrel on a power pole on McCoy Road. Kestrels are one of the smallest falcons in the world - they eat grasshoppers and mice and hunt from wires, fenceposts and power poles. Can't say why this one is standing on one leg on a summer day...which birds usually do when standing in cold.

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POTD 8/12/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/12/23 STICK IT TO ME -  A small Porcupine looking for snacks under the bird feeder. Porcupines have up to 30,000 short, heavy quills (hairs modified into sharp, mostly hollow spines) on the rump and tail - which are big trouble for curious dogs, but no problem for humans who give them some room - since they cannot "shoot" quills"

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POTD 8/11/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/11/23 BEAR WITH ME - A young Black Bear thinks about making a two-legged escape after being loudly discouraged from coming further into the yard. We pass the word with our neighbors when a bear is spotted  - and we heard this one made the rounds of their yards looking for bird feeders after we chased it off.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/11/23 Fri, 11 Aug 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/10/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/10/23 FINCH FOOD - A male Goldfinch eats catnip seeds.

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POTD 8/9/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/9/23 BIG FLOWER, LITTLE BIRD - A female Ruby-throated Hummingbird takes advantage of a late summer Day Lily bloom. It's the time of the year when we see the hummingbirds bulking up for migration by visiting the feeders and flowers non-stop.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/9/23 Wed, 09 Aug 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/8/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/8/23 NEW NEWT - Newts have three forms: a larval aquatic form, followed by an immature land form called an "eft", and finally an aquatic adult form. This land form called a "red eft" has the 10-12 red spots ringed in black that all the species bodies have.

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POTD 8/7/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/7/23 CHERRY PICKIN' - An immature Red-bellied Woodpecker picks black cherries. Lots of kinds of birds are showing up as the cherries are starting to ripen.

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POTD 8/6/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/6/23 NEW WREN -  We don't see many Wrens - so to see a Carolina Wren was fun. 

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POTD 8/5/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/5/23 HAWKY -  A Cooper's Hawk hunting from a perch.

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POTD 8/4/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/4/23 FINALLY ANOTHER BUTTERFLY - It seems like we have seen far fewer butterflies this year - so we were happy to see a White Admiral Butterfly yesterday.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/4/23 Fri, 04 Aug 2023 11:09:15 GMT
POTD 8/3/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/3/23 MELLOW MALLOW - Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird at a Musk Mallow bloom.

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POTD 8/2/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/2/23 SQUASH ON THE WAY - A Squash bloom in the garden.

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POTD 8/1/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/8/potd-8/1/23 BABY BLUE - An immature Bluebird - maybe fledged from our neighbors birdhouse brood - spotted in the yard yesterday. Bluebirds are classified in the Thrush family (related to Robins and other Thrushes) and eat mainly insects and fruit, but in recent years some bluebirds have begun to frequent feeders, where they eat softer foods like the mealworms we bought especially to attract bluebirds. 

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POTD 7/31/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/31/23 WOOD NYMPH - A Common Wood Nymph (Cercyonis pegala) butterfly on Mullein leaf. The Wood Nymph is in the Brushroot family - same as the Monarch butterfly.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/31/23 Mon, 31 Jul 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/30/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/30/23 HMMMMM? - Bird activity at the yard feeders has slowed now toward the end of Summer with birds switching to bugs and finding plenty of natural food in the forest. Hummingbirds are the exception - visiting our feeders regularly.

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POTD 7/29/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/29/23 TRIPPING THE LIGHT FANTASTIC - A beaver swims through reflections in the beaver pond. North Americas largest rodent - the beavers behind our house have created a stump-filled pond where a farm field was historically located - providing habitat for all manner of wildlife and enjoyment for several humans. ;-)

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POTD 7/28/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/28/23 HAVE A LILY OF A DAY!

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POTD 7/27/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/27/23 LEAVE IT TO BEAVER - After concern of Bald Eagles starting to hang around the beaver pond - it was good to see several beavers out and about on the pond...with no sign of the eagle.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/27/23 Thu, 27 Jul 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/26/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/26/23 LUCKY YOU LOOK LIKE YOUR MOMMA - Turkeys are not known for their beautiful faces - and Tom turkeys, in particular, are beautiful in an "ugly" sort of way...so this turkey chick - in its cute stage, eats with its mother.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/26/23 Wed, 26 Jul 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/25/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/25/23 MIXED FEELINGS - As a bird photographer, seeing Eagles to photograph is up there on the list - but after 25 years on the beaver pond with a variety of wildlife to photograph - the arrival of regular Eagles is troubling. The Eagles are suspects in the early disappearance of 2 Heron chicks and a google search says Eagles can kill full grown beavers. ch-ch-ch-changes....nature can be cruel.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/25/23 Tue, 25 Jul 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/24/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/24/23 REGAL WILDFLOWER - Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota) bloom from behind.

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POTD 7/23/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/23/23 GARDEN HARMONY - Two Fritillary Butterflies share a Coneflower bloom.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/23/23 Sun, 23 Jul 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/22/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/22/23 KING OF THE ROCK - An Eastern Kingbird watches from a rock perch for insects to land nearby. Kingbirds are in the Tyrant Flycatcher family and hunt insects on and around water.

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POTD 7/21/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/21/23 IT'S NOT EASY BEING GREEN  - A Green Frog on our landscape pond.

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POTD 7/20/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/20/23 SEEDY - Red-Bellied Woodpecker exiting the feeder with a black sunflower seed. Usually attracted to suet - the woodpeckers and all of our feeder birds are switching to seeds or bugs as the Summer winds down for the birds.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/20/23 Thu, 20 Jul 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/19/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/19/23 CONEFLOWER COMING - A Purple Coneflower bloom emerging. Echinacea, commonly known as coneflower, is a genus of flowering plants in the daisy family (Asteraceae), along with daisies, sunflowers, and asters

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POTD 7/18/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/18/23 RED BIRD - Cardinal in the garden.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/18/23 Tue, 18 Jul 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/17/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/17/23 CACKLE GRACKLE - A Common Grackle on the highest perch available. Grackles are large, strong, opportunistic birds that can be disruptive at feeders - but it's not their fault and doesn't have to detract from their iridescent splendor.

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POTD 7/16/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/16/23 MR BLUEBIRD - We LOVE bug eaters and have been hoping to have Bluebirds.

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POTD 7/15/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/15/23 BUTTERFLY ON BUTTERFLY WEED - A Silver-Bordered Fritillary lands on an Orange Milkweed ("Butterfly Weed") in the pollinator garden on the roof. We are waiting to see Monarchs on the Asclepias - but none so far.

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POTD 7/14/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/14/23 POND DECORATION - Fragrant Water Lilies in bloom on the beaver pond.

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POTD 7/13/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/13/23 BLUEBIRD DAY - After trying to attract Bluebirds all year - and our neighbors have a pair raising babies - we were thrilled to see Bluebirds catching bugs in our yard yesterday.

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POTD 7/12/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/12/23 BUTTERFLY LOVE - Silver-bordered Fritillary butterflies mate in a seemingly un-romantic act, facing away from each other.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/12/23 Wed, 12 Jul 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/11/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/11/23 PRECOCIOUS LEAF CHANGE - Some leaves on a maple tree on the beaver pond are showing fall colors early. An Internet search said hot temperature stress and heavy rain stress are among the usual reasons for early changing leaves...and we have had both in New Hampshire this summer. 

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POTD 7/10/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/10/23 BEAVER POND WILDFLOWER - Swamp Candles in bloom along the edge of the beaver pond. Swamp Candles are in the Primrose Family with a flower spike of 1/2" star-like blossoms with five petals with two red dots at the base.

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POTD 7/9/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/9/23 WELCOME ANT EATER - Northern Flicker searching the yard for its' favorite food - ants. Ants are a particular nuisance for us this time of year - as they sneak into the house - so we welcome any visitors that eat the ants.

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POTD 7/8/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/8/23 COMMON MULLEIN - Although thought of primarily as a weed, common mullein has been used as an herbal remedy for coughs and diarrhea, and topical applications against a variety of skin problems. The flowers were also used to make yellow, green or brown dyes, depending on how they were processed.

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POTD 7/7/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/7/23 FLYCATCHER - A Great Crested Flycatcher stops in the yard looking for bugs to eat. The Great Crested Flycatcher (its' head is a bit fluffy, but lacks a true crest) is a member of the Tyrant Flycatcher family and prefers broadleaf woods and nests in tree cavities or woodpecker holes 

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POTD 7/6/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/6/23 DAY LILY EXPLOSION - Day Lilies bloom all at once in an explosion of color.

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POTD 7/5/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/5/23 WHAT ABOUT ME? - A juvenile Baltimore Oriole squawks at its' sibling being fed first. An entire family of Orioles has descended on the grape jelly feeder - with several of them taking to the Hummingbird feeders, as well.

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POTD 7/4/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/4/23 RED, WHITE & GREEN? -  Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird flashes his namesake red throat. The iridescent color of the hummingbirds' throat feathers is the result of the feather structure that amplifies one color of light and the surfaces are angled so that they reflect that color in only one direction - straight ahead in front of the bird.

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POTD 7/3/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/3/23 CHUBBY BABY - Momma Downy Woodpecker feeds her chubby male offspring. Lots of its' namesake downy feathers make this fledgling appear to be bigger than his mom.

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POTD 7/2/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/2/23 IT'S A STRETCH - Juvenile Rose breasted Grosbeak stretches on its' first visit to the yard. Lots of fledgling birds are coming to the yard to be fed or to learn to eat at the feeders.

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POTD 7/1/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/7/potd-7/1/23 WHEN YOU JUST NEED A HUG -  Frogs in our landscape pond seem to cuddle.

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POTD 6/30/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/30/23 BRINGIN' HOME THE... Poppa Kingbird arrives back at the nest with a big bug to feed the just-born chicks. I watched as both parents fed the chicks - only big enough for their beaks to show above the side of the nest.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/30/23 Fri, 30 Jun 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POD 6/29/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/pod-6/29/23 FUNGUS AMONG US -  A spell of wet weather in New Hampshire has fungi popping up all over. This family of fungi emerged from the end of a log sawed to clear the trail to the beaver pond. My friends at Northeast Wilderness Trust reminded me that fungi break down wood, exchange nutrients with plants and store carbon.

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POTD 6/28/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/28/23 CUTE CHICK - We have Turkeys in the yard often - but we don't see the chicks very often. Several hens in the yard yesterday - and a hen with 3 chicks foraging in the grass.

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POTD 6/27/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/27/23 JELLY HIGH - Female Baltimore Oriole lapping up grape jelly at the feeder. We are seeing immature Orioles at the jelly feeder - an indication of a successful breeding season.

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POTD 6/26/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/26/23 BEAVER POND ORCHID - Rose Pagonia blooms on the edge of the beaver pond. A wetland orchid that suffers from degradation of habitat and over collection.

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POTD 6/25/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/25/23 BEAR WITH ME -  Black Bear sniffing around for whatever might be around. We feed the birds, so we have to be careful not to attract hungry bears.

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POTD 6/24/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/24/23 WASHING IT DOWN - A Northern Cardinal washes a sunflower seed in the bird bath.

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POTD 6/23/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/23/23 BABY-BIRDATHON - Red Bellied Woodpecker feeds his fledgling chick. The baby birds are showing up to be fed.

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POTD 6/22/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/22/23 SUSPECT - in the disappearance of Heron chicks. I hope it is a coincidence that the Bald Eagle was spotted at the beaver pond again and two young Heron chicks are no longer in their nest. They looked too young to fledge a few days ago - but, I hope they flew off the nest. Our naturalist friend told us about a decline in coastal Great Blue Heron rookeries--the cause thought to be the burgeoning eagle population. We have only seen a few eagles on the beaver pond in the 25+ years we have been here - and we are seeing them regularly lately.

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POTD 6/21/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/21/23 SERVING SIZE MATTERS? - Male Baltimore Oriole gets a beak full of grape Jelly...but the nutrition facts may be hard for him to read upside down.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/21/23 Wed, 21 Jun 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/20/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/20/23 BEAVER POND - Several beavers out yesterday reminded me that it IS a beaver pond.

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POTD 6/19/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/19/23 I THINK I CAN FLY - Heron chick flexes its' wings on the edge of the nest. The chicks grow quickly and the ones in this nest will be fledging soon.

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POTD 6/18/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/18/23 BUTTERFLY ON LAUREL - An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on blooming Mountain Laurel. Mountain Laurel Kalmilia latifolia is in the Heath Family and is blooming now in New Hampshire forests.

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POTD 6/17/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/17/23 DOG WOODY - Wolf Eyes Dogwood blooms are a bright spot on the edge of the yard.

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POTD 5/16/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd CARDINAL RULE - Google says a Cardinal rule is : A cardinal rule is one that is central and should not be broken. Okay, that's a lot of definitions. How exactly are they related? In most cases, cardinal means central or essential. It's a cardinal principle that you use it to describe words of behavior like rule or sin. But,. for a photographer - a Cardinal Rule is: if you see a Cardinal, take a picture! ;-)

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd Fri, 16 Jun 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/15/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/15/23 EAGLE ON THE POND - While out checking on the Heron chicks, I spotted a Bald Eagle on the beaver pond. The beaver pond has gotten bigger over the 25 years we've lived here - and it is finally big enough to attract Eagles hunting alongside the Herons.

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POTD 6/14/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/14/23 BEAK BATTLE - Heron chicks get into a beak battle while the parent pauses during a feeding session in the nest. Parent birds take turns feeding - and these chicks are big enough to be in the nest unattended while both parents hunt and bring food to the chicks.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/14/23 Wed, 14 Jun 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/13/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/13/23 WELL, THIS SUCKS! - Heron chick left in the nest while its' parents hunt, is caught in a rain squall with no cover. As the Heron chick grow, they are often in the nest without parents. This chick has no siblings to cuddle with in bad weather.

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POTD 6/12/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/12/23 NEW DOOR - Winston, our neighbors' tortoise, likes his new door. We visited to check out the door in his new house.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/12/23 Mon, 12 Jun 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/11/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/11/23 IMPRESSIVE BEGGING - Heron chick puts on an impressive begging act as both parents in the nest usually means one of the parents is back with food. With only one chick in this nest, it is growing really quickly. Another Heron nest on the beaver pond has three chicks - all quite a bit smaller than this one.

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POTD 6/10/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/10/23 FRUITY - Female Red-bellied Woodpecker favors the oranges over the suet on the same tree.

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POTD 6/9/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/9/23 GROUNDED - Fledgling Grackle huddles in the undergrowth. It could only manage to get a foot off the ground flying...and rested in the brush to get more altitude later.

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POTD 6/8/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/8/23 THANK YOU? - A male Baltimore Oriole gobbles grape jelly - and is caught in an open-mouthed pose as if he might be saying thank you.

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POTD 6/7/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/7/23 BEAVER GROOMING - I don't shoot much video, even though my camera does it with the push of a button - more than 50 years as a still photographer, may be the reason? - but this beaver grooming on the beaver pond made me think a video would be a good POTD today. We mostly see the beavers swimming - so it is always nice to see them out of the water.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/7/23 Wed, 07 Jun 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/6/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/6/23 THE BETTER TO SEE YOU WITH - A Hermit Thrush on the trail to the beaver pond. Thrushes have unusually large eyes, an adaptation to their preferred habitat in the shady understory.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/6/23 Tue, 06 Jun 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 6/5/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/5/23 IT RAINED ;-) - After a bit of a dry spell - it rained on the Lupine leaves which also caught a maple tree whirligig (technically known as a samaras).

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POTD 6/4/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/4/23 GIMME SHELTER - Heron chick snuggles under its' parent on a cold, rainy June day. Probably fortunate to be in a one-chick nest (not common) to get undivided attention and more space protected from the weather.

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POTD 6/3/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/3/23 PEEPER - With nice early Summer weather, we've been spending lots of time in the yard. Several times in the past few days, we have looked up to see this bear just off the edge of the yard - looking for us to leave a bird feeder unattended. I use the birds so often for the POTD - it is a pain to have to keep the feeders in because of this cute, but annoying, bear.

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POTD 6/2/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/2/23 RED! -  Male Cardinal at the bird bath. Now that IS red!

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POTD 6/1/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/6/potd-6/1/23 COOL CHICKS - Very young American Woodcock chicks scurry across the road on their short legs and big feet.

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POTD 5/31/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/31/23 OFF TO WORK - Heron leaves the nest with its mate staying behind with the chick. Parent birds share babysitting duties and trade off hunting and sitting in the nest.

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POTD 5/29/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/30/23 BEAR WITH ME - Small Black Bear sneaking around the edge of the yard...looking for whatever it can sniff out.

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POTD 5/30/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/29/23 GOOSEY - A family of Canada Geese on Mill Pond...an annual sight.

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POTD 5/28/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/28/23 BUNCHES - Bunch Berry bloom on the trail to the beaver pond.

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POTD 5/27/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/27/23 I'M TALKING TO YOU - Adult Heron seems to be telling the chick what's up.

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POTD 5/26/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/26/23 STAR POWER - Eastern Starflower's (Trientalis borealis) tiny flowers, paired on thread-like stalks from star-shaped leaf whorls.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/26/23 Fri, 26 May 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/25/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/25/23 UP FOR SHARING? - A male Ruby-throated Hummingbird hovers as ants raid the hummer feeder. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/25/23 Thu, 25 May 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/24/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/24/23 OFF YOU GO - A Coltsfoot seed head releases a seed to the wind. Coltsfoot is among New England's earliest blooming wildflowers - so it's seeds are already blowing in the wind.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/24/23 Wed, 24 May 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/23/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/23/23 NEW BIG BIRD IN TOWN - The Great Blue Herons have been nesting on the beaver pond for many years - and late May is the time the Herons hatch their interesting (funny looking) chicks. While we were out watching the Heron chicks - we spotted a Great Egret - a new bird for the beaver pond.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/23/23 Tue, 23 May 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/22/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/22/23 LADIES IN WAITING - A trio of Pink Lady's Slippers (also known as Pink Moccasin Flowers) emerge into bloom along the path to the beaver pond. Lady Slippers are colony forming - so it is common to see them in groups.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/22/23 Mon, 22 May 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/21/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/21/23 NEW CHICK IN TOWN - A Heron chick, only a few days old, is big enough to be seen over the side of the nest. Hatching is often asynchronous, so chicks hatching at different times are not the same size - so we may see more chicks in this nest in a few days.

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POTD 5/20/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/20/23 ON THE BLOOM - Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on Lilac bloom.

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POTD 5/19/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/19/23 SPOTTED -  Spotted Sandpiper on the beaver pond. Not a regular - but we have seen Sandpipers on the beaver pond in past years. Always on the lookout and love seeing different things. Patience is rewarded!

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/19/23 Fri, 19 May 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/18/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/18/23 BABY'S BACK - Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird perched near the feeder. The males migrate back first - then the females arrive. We've seen the males' aerial courtship display several times since the females have come back.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/18/23 Thu, 18 May 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/17/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/17/22 SAPSUCKER - Female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker looking for water in a tree limb scar.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/17/22 Wed, 17 May 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/16/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/16/23 NEW LEAVES - Spring emerges in tiny new leaves on a Smoke Bush (Continus Coggygria). The billowy hairs that are attached to the flower clusters give it the smoke name.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/16/23 Tue, 16 May 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/15/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/15/23 DIG IN - Robins, Grackles, Blue Jays and Turkeys ate most of the mealworms we had to attract Bluebirds before the Bluebirds finally showed up...but we noticed Ms Bluebird hunting from a tree branch and returning with a large insect larvae of some kind. Happy to have so many things for the birds to eat.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/15/23 Mon, 15 May 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/14/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/14/23 ODD COUPLE - A pair of Purple Finches - the reddish colored male and the obviously not-purple female. Sexual dimorphism - when males and females of the same species look very different - often evolves with migration. More than three quarters of migratory birds are dimorphic, while more than three quarters of sedentary species are not.

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POTD 5/13/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/13/23 WILD - Tiny blooms (Bluets) in the yard. 

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POTD 5/12/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/12/23 HE'S BACK - After several days of glimpses of them - we are finally seeing the Hummingbirds visiting the feeders more often. This male stayed at the feeder for a long time refueling. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/12/23 Fri, 12 May 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/11/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/11/23 KING OF THE POND - An Eastern Kingbird perched on a branch on the beaver pond. Kingbirds, in the Tyrant Flycatcher family, eat insects on the fly and are very territorial around their nests - attacking crows and other birds in it's territory.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/11/23 Thu, 11 May 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/10/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/10/23 ORIOLES RETURN - A pair or Baltimore Orioles is back again this year, lapping up the grape jelly. The male Orioles are SO spectacular and bright they get the most attention, but the female Orioles are beautiful, colorful birds too.

 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/10/23 Wed, 10 May 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/9/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/9/23 EXCITED to see a Bluebird cleaning house in a birdhouse just off our patio. We have been putting out mealworms especially to attract Bluebirds...and saw a pair checking out the house.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/9/23 Tue, 09 May 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/8/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/pod-5/8/23 WE LOVE SPRING in the New Hampshire forest - as returning birds arrive very day. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks return on the same day (within 2) every year and the same day as Hummingbirds (our neighbor saw the first one today!). We'll see our first Hummer very soon. Love birding in Spring!

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/pod-5/8/23 Mon, 08 May 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/7/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/7/23 BIG WOODPECKER -  We have been waiting to see the Pileated Woodpeckers again this Spring - and both of them showed up to celebrate my sister Pam's birthday. The female posing for  photo.

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POTD 5/6/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/6/23 READY FOR LOVE - Tom Turkey struts around the yard to impress his harem of hens. His persistence is amazing.

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POTD 5/5/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/5/23 GRAND OPENING - A Painted Trillium bloom starts to open along the path to the beaver pond on a rainy New Hampshire day.

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5/4/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/5/4/23 JUST LEAF IT HERE - Leaves are beginning to emerge on trees in southern New Hampshire. We love Spring in the forest.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/5/4/23 Thu, 04 May 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/3/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/3/23 BATH DAY - A rainy day in New Hampshire was the perfect day for this Chipping Sparrow to bathe in a small bird bath on the patio. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/3/23 Wed, 03 May 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/2/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/2/23 FEELING STUCK AND ALONE? - Adult Herons share incubation duties, so I don't know if this is a male or female Great Blue Heron...sitting on a nest on the beaver pond. Incubation of eggs can take up to three weeks - so there is a lot of sitting on the nest - and this Heron makes me think it is not always so fun.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/2/23 Tue, 02 May 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 5/1/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/1/23 FEATHER YOUR NEST - A Canada Goose plucks down feathers to line her nest on the beaver pond. I noticed her on a nest on an abandoned beaver lodge pile - and later saw her adding the feathers she was plucking to the nest.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/5/potd-5/1/23 Mon, 01 May 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/30/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/30/23 ORANGE YOU GLAD -  Female Red-bellied Woodpecker enjoying the oranges we put out in anticipation of Orioles returning in early May. We found several bird species - especially woodpeckers - go to the oranges we put out to attract Baltimore Orioles who are known to like oranges.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/30/23 Sun, 30 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/29/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/29/23 FIRST FOREST WILDFLOWER - A single Sessile Bellwort (also called Wild Oats) along the trail to the beaver pond - is the first forest wildflower to emerge this Spring. We'll watch for more as Spring continues in New Hampshire.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/29/23 Sat, 29 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/28/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/28/23 TOWHEE - Eastern Towhee kicking around in the leaf litter for insects.

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POTD 4/27/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/27/23 JUST VISITING - An immature Heron comes in for a landing above an adult Heron sitting on the nest on the beaver pond. Young Herons frequently return to to their hatching area and this Heron could have hatched in this very nest last year.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/27/23 Thu, 27 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/26/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/26/23 TURTLE LOVE - A Painted Turtle basks in the sun on the beaver pond...another sign of Spring in New Hampshire.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/26/23 Wed, 26 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/25/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/25/23 KEEPING A LOW PROFILE -  Canada Goose lays flat on her nest on a small pile of sticks on the beaver pond. Geese frequently use abandoned beaver lodge piles to nest on, for the protection they provide being surrounded by water.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/25/23 Tue, 25 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/24/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/24/23 MORE BIRDS EVERY DAY - Our forest yard is alive with more bird species coming back every day. Cute White-throated Sparrow is one of the new arrivals on the patio.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/24/23 Mon, 24 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/23/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/23/23 REGAL EAGLE - We spotted an eagle on Mill Pond - near our house - and then noticed there were two eagles. This mature one and an immature one also. We are seeing lots of Spring birds returning - and happy to see the eagles using the ponds near us.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/23/23 Sun, 23 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/22/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/22/23 FIRST BUTTERFLY - You know it is Spring when you see a butterfly...An American Lady butterfly - in the Bushroot Family. Early to see one  - as the field guide says May-Oct.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/22/23 Sat, 22 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/21/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/21/23 WARBLER RETURN - Palm Warbler at the beaver pond. All wood warblers are highly migratory - with some individuals nesting in northern Alaska and wintering in central Brazil - over 7,000 miles away. Another sure sign of Spring is warblers on the beaver pond....

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/21/23 Fri, 21 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/20/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/20/23 4/20 HAIRDO - A female Common Merganser displaying her crested rufous hairdo on Island Pond.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/20/23 Thu, 20 Apr 2023 11:54:56 GMT
POTD 4/19/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/19/23 UNWELCOMING - Male Cardinal seems not to be very welcoming at the feeder. Chickadees are year-round at our house - and the Cardinal has just returned from the winter elsewhere. Multiple feeders in the yard ensures they will figure it out before long.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/19/23 Wed, 19 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/18/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/18/23 GETTIN' SPRING COLORS ON - Male Goldfinch molting into bright yellow breeding colors. Goldfinches molt all their body feathers (not wing or tail feathers) in Spring with males transforming into the showy yellow and black colors they need for courtship.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/18/23 Tue, 18 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/17/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/17/23 OUT ON A LIMB - Herons are claiming nests on the beaver pond and perching on the edges when challenged for an occupied nest.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/17/23 Mon, 17 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/16/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/16/23 DETERMINATION - Daffodils push through heavy leaf cover to bloom on the edge of our forest yard. Spring has a way of pushing through the weather to shine!

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POTD 4/15/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/15/23 I'LL STICK MY NECK OUT ON THIS ONE - Heron postures above a nest it's claiming. Male Herons usually arrive first to claim any nest still standing on the beaver pond - to keep from having to build a new one from scratch. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/15/23 Sat, 15 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/14/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/14/23 COLOR TODAY IS RED -  Emerging Maple buds and male Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker showing red on a bright Spring day in New Hampshire. More than one male Sapsucker drummed territorially to establish their spot of the woods.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/14/23 Fri, 14 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/13/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/13/23 SPRING FLOWERS - Blooming Crocus are a bright patch of Spring.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/13/23 Thu, 13 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/12/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/12/23 THE MERGANSERS - Two male Common Mergansers, among a larger flock, on Island Pond. Mergansers are long-lined slender bodied diving ducks that prefer wooded lakes, ponds and rivers.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/12/23 Wed, 12 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/11/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/11/23 BAFFLED BEAR? - The Squirrel baffle would not stop the bear - but there were no feeders on the hook when the bear was checking it out. We've seen bears in the yard for the past several days - so we have had to discontinue feeding the birds, even in the daytime.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/11/23 Tue, 11 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/10/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/10/23 EASTER DEER - The neighborhood deer showed up on the edge of the yard on Easter.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/10/23 Mon, 10 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/9/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/9/23 BEAR-LY SPRING - A young Black Bear comes sniffing into the yard...while we were in the hot tub ;-) ...looking for something to eat after a long winter. We are careful that the bears don't find food in our yard...so as not to be an attraction for them. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/9/23 Sun, 09 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/8/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/8/23 DONE WITH THE ICE -  A Canada Goose squawks about ice on the pond. The ice is finally receding on ponds and waterfowl are showing up for Spring.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/8/23 Sat, 08 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/7/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/7/23 THEY ARE BACK - Of the five active Heron nests last season - only two of them survived. There are Herons staking their claim to both of the remaining nests. Happy to see Herons back again this season.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/7/23 Fri, 07 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/6/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/6/23 ITTY BIT OF OPEN WATER - Great Blue Herons have returned to find most of the ponds still ice-covered. This Heron hunts in the narrow strip of open water along the shore of Island Pond.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/6/23 Thu, 06 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/5/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/5/23 BUFFLES ARE BACK - A pair of Bufflehead ducks on Mill Pond - as Spring continues to sneak up on New Hampshire.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/5/23 Wed, 05 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/4/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/4/23 GOTTA LOOK MY BEST - Turkey hen shimmies off lots of trail dust in front Tom Turkey...just to look her best? ;-)

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/4/23 Tue, 04 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/3/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/3/23 OH DEER, IT'S FOGGY - Young deer checks me out as warm temperatures over the snow cover made for a foggy day.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/3/23 Mon, 03 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 4/2/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/2/23 SPRING COMES THROUGH - Daffodils emerge through a spot of melted snow as Spring comes in slowly in New Hampshire.

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POTD 4/1/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/1/23 ROWDY GUESTS - A flock of Common Grackles has descended on the bird feeders in the yard. Grackles are large, strong and opportunistic, which makes it difficult for other birds...except the ones under the feeder catching the spills.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/4/potd-4/1/23 Sat, 01 Apr 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/31/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/31/23 LIP LICKING - Male Red Bellied Woodpecker after getting a drink. The woodpeckers are here year-round - and now have to compete with a flock of Grackles that have returned with Spring weather.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/31/23 Fri, 31 Mar 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/30/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/30/23 MORE SPRING EVERY DAY - Spotted a solitary Crocus on the edge of the yard. Seeing more signs of Spring in New Hampshire every day.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/30/23 Thu, 30 Mar 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/29/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/29/23 SINGIN' A SPRING SONG - A Robin speaks up about a spring-like day in New Hampshire.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/29/23 Wed, 29 Mar 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/28/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/28/23 TAKE A WALK - Inspired by an Opinion Essay in the New York Times titled Whatever the Problem, It's Probably Solved by Walking and a beautiful, sunny day in New Hampshire - we took a long walk. Everything DID seem better (after the  post-walk hot tub ;-)!

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/28/23 Tue, 28 Mar 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/27/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/27/23 EARLY TO THE DANCE - A Great Blue Heron found some open water on Cranberry Bog in Peterborough. The beaver pond behind our property is still ice covered - so the Herons won't be settling in on that pond for a while.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/27/23 Mon, 27 Mar 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/26/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/26/23 DISPLAY DISADVANTAGE? - Two Tom Turkeys have been regular (daily) visitors in our yard - and we noticed right away that one of them did not have the typical male tail feathers. We named him "No Tail" and he seemed to get along fine not having tail feathers. Now that the strutting season is here...and his buddy has a fully formed, glorious tail feather fan...they are starting to display for the attention of the females. Some turkey articles implied that female turkeys may prefer mating with males with longer snoods - no mention of attraction to flashy tail fans. We'll watch to see if No Tail can hold his own with the hens - without a flashy fan.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/26/23 Sun, 26 Mar 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/25/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/25/23 HOODIES BACK - Most of the area lakes and ponds are still ice covered, but the migrating waterfowl know it is "time" to be coming through southern New Hampshire. I spotted a group of Hooded Mergansers on a little open water on Cranberry Bog in Peterborough - these two males stood out.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/25/23 Sat, 25 Mar 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/24/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/24/23 SPRING THING - Seeing more signs of Spring every day and got a glimpse of the first Robin of the season yesterday. It was scratching in the tiny spots of bare ground - since we still have several inches of snow on the ground everywhere.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/24/23 Fri, 24 Mar 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/23/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/23/23 MORE SPRING - Male Mallard showing Spring colors on the second day of Spring.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/23/23 Thu, 23 Mar 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/22/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/22/23 FIRST TURTLE SIGHTING - First day of Spring and I saw my first turtles of the year - this pair of Painted Turtles sunning. We still have a foot of snow on the ground...so any signs of Spring are VERY welcome.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/22/23 Wed, 22 Mar 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/21/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/21/23 BIG BITE - Male Red Bellied Woodpecker getting a big bite at the suet feeder.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/21/23 Tue, 21 Mar 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/20/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/20/23 TWO GIRLS FOR EVERY BOY- This flock of all female Evening Grosbeaks reminded me of the 1963 Jan & Dean song "Surf City"...where there were "two girls for very boy".  The odds are considerably better for males in this Grosbeak flock...maybe 10 to 1.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/20/23 Mon, 20 Mar 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/19/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/19/23 TOUGH DRIVEWAY - We love living on a mountain....most of the time. The 36" of early Spring snow we had this week was too much for the plow for several days. We finally got this cleared out Saturday morning - with snowblowers, shovels, my neighbor's tractor and finally my plow truck - from the storm that started Tuesday..

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/19/23 Sun, 19 Mar 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/18/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/18/23 ANOTHER CREEPER PHOTO - We've been digging out from over 30" of heavy, wet snow. Stuck on the mountain for another day..but the birds are around ...and we enjoy watching them, even with snow blocking our driveway. ;-)

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/18/23 Sat, 18 Mar 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/17/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/17/23 NOT FIT FOR MAN NOR BEAST - A Redwing Blackbird in the snow. It was a nasty late winter snow that dumped 34" of heavy wet snow...power outages everywhere. We are happy to be on the other side of this storm.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/17/23 Fri, 17 Mar 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/16/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/16/23 ALMOST MISSED THIS ONE - We had a BIG NorEaster blow through...and the 34" of heavy wet snow was more than our plow and other snow equipment could handle. Thank goodness for good neighbors. Finally got Internet back - still waiting for power (running on generator, thankfully). Snow is waist deep...;-(

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/16/23 Thu, 16 Mar 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/15/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/15/23 MORE NATURE THAN WE COULD HANDLE - 24" of heavy, wet snow was more than my plow truck could handle. My neighbor Keith worked down our driveway with his tractor - but we're still snowed in on the mountain with only generator power! 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/15/23 Wed, 15 Mar 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/14/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/14/23 OFFA' MY CLOUD - A couple of Evening Grosbeaks discourage a third from joining them on the feeder.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/14/23 Tue, 14 Mar 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/13/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/13/23 GRACKLES BACK - Migrating Common Grackles are back. The large, strong and aggressive birds sometimes have a bad reputation for disruptive behavior at the feeders - but it does not have to detract from their iridescent splendor.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/13/23 Mon, 13 Mar 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/12/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/12/23 LIPSTICK SUNSET - A great John Hiatt song and apt description for the last night's sunset.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/12/23 Sun, 12 Mar 2023 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/11/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/11/23 CREEPY, AGAIN - The small, camouflaged Brown Creeper is a regular visitor - but hard to spot and known for swiftly climbing up trees to fly to the base of another tree - so hard to photograph. We love the little fella - and try for a photo every time it is around.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/11/23 Sat, 11 Mar 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/10/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/10/23 OH, DEER! - Deep, crusty snow is making it difficult for the deer. Three beautiful, young deer were hanging out on the edge of our yard, waiting for a chance to sneak in to lick up the bird seed we put out for the turkeys that visit our yard every day..

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/10/23 Fri, 10 Mar 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/9/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/9/23 SQUIRREL CAGE - A cute Red Squirrel takes advantage of a cage seeder it can reach.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/9/23 Thu, 09 Mar 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/8/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/8/23 WARMLY - A Birch leaf putting off enough warmth to melt into the snow. Late winter has interesting weather situations...

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/8/23 Wed, 08 Mar 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/7/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/7/23 MORE GROSBEAKS? - I try to have variety in my Picture of the Day selections - but it has been such an unusual year to have a flock of Evening Grosbeaks as daily visitors all winter - my lens has been drawn to the colorful birds. Gregarious flock birds - they jostle for spots at crowded feeders and are entertaining to watch and photograph.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/7/23 Tue, 07 Mar 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/6/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/6/23 A LOVELY DAY ON MOUNTAIN POND

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/6/23 Mon, 06 Mar 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/5/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/5/23 WE GOT SNOWED - After 13" of heavy wet snow - the Tufted Titmouse out  the window is todays' POTD. Whew! Glad to have the driveway cleared! ;-)

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/5/23 Sun, 05 Mar 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/4/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/4/23 BIG BEAK - A large beak like a grosbeak's is designed for cracking large and hard seeds. The real key to being able to crack hard seeds is stronger jaw muscles. Larger and stronger muscles require a wider, stronger jaw and also require a larger, reinforced bill to withstand the extra bite force generated by the larger muscles. This female Evening Grosbeak cracks sunflower seeds at the feeder.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/4/23 Sat, 04 Mar 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/3/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/3/23 FUNKY - It was funky today - and not the cool music kind of funky - more like the deep slush on the driveway funky with someplace to go! So the picture today is an Amaryillis bloom.  Minerva is a late bloomer.  All of the other Christmas Amaryillis flowers have long since bloomed. This one waited for a funky March day.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/3/23 Fri, 03 Mar 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/2/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/2/23 SCENIC MONADNOCK - Monadnock Mountain is the scenic backdrop in our area of southern New Hampshire.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/2/23 Thu, 02 Mar 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 3/1/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/1/23 WOODPECKER -  Male Red-bellied Woodpecker works bark on maple tree.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/3/potd-3/1/23 Wed, 01 Mar 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/28/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/28/23 WINTER - After several days of above average temperatures, Winter returned - with freezing temps and plowable snow. Welcome back Winter...Thanks Phil ;-)

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/28/23 Tue, 28 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/27/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/27/23 TOM FACE - In a bit of a lull in bird watching in our yard before the songbirds come back in Spring...a couple of Tom Turkeys have been regulars...scrounging under the bird feeders and harassing each other like brothers would. They are entertaining - until they peck the window at their reflection. ;-)

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/27/23 Mon, 27 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/26/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/26/23 FLAKEY - Evening Grosbeak takes a meal in the snow.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/26/23 Sun, 26 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/25/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/25/23 DIGGING DEEP - Tufted Titmouse leans into a small basket feeder to extract just the right seed.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/25/23 Sat, 25 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/24/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/24/23 CREEPER - Small and camouflaged, the Brown Creeper gets it's name from it's habit of climbing up trees, hugging the bark, peering under bark scales and into furrows to find and extract tiny spiders, insects and eggs.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/24/23 Fri, 24 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/23/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/23/23 NUTHATCHES cling to the bark with their feet and can move in any direction, often hanging head down as this male White-breasted Nuthatch is perched. Male and female Nuthatches look quite similar in every way, but can be told from one another by the color of the crown - the female's is gray and the male has a shiny black crown.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/23/23 Thu, 23 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/22/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/22/23 BE NICE -  Evening Grosbeaks spar for position at the feeder. The Grosbeaks are flock birds, but they enforce a "pecking order" as they feed in groups.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/22/23 Wed, 22 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/21/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/21/23 SPRING IT TO ME - Spring is so exciting for nature lovers....when the migrating birds pass through and the plants spring up. We saw this pair of Common Mergansers cruising on the Contoocook River yesterday. Happy to see the first waterfowl showing up.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/21/23 Tue, 21 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/20/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/20/23 EARLY ARRIVALS? - Purple Finches showed up at the feeders. They are short distance migrants and these are the first we have seen. Maybe bringing early Spring?

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/20/23 Mon, 20 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/19/3 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/19/3 HEY RED - One of our favorite birds - the confusingly named Red-Bellied Woodpecker - with his bright red head.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/19/3 Sun, 19 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/18/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/18/23 HIGH TAILIN' IT - I've always been interested in the origin of folksy sayings....and I think the little deer leaving our yard is demonstrating the "high tailin' it" saying.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/18/23 Sat, 18 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/17/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/17/23 THINKING SPRING - We've had unusually warm weather in New Hampshire this week and the blooming Hyacinth bulbs (we forced) have us thinking about Spring on the way.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/17/23 Fri, 17 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/16/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/16/23 BUBBLES IN THE BROOK - Between seasons at the beaver pond...still frozen, so the wildlife is scarce. I'm always watching for patterns in nature.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/16/23 Thu, 16 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/15/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/15/23 BEAVER POND IN BLUE - Afternoon shadows on the beaver pond. Blue skies and blue shadows.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/15/23 Wed, 15 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/14/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/14/23 CREEPY - Brown Creeper works the trunk of a maple tree. Creepers - hard to see and hard to photograph - are Vic's favorite bird.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/14/23 Tue, 14 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/13/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/13/22 BRING YOUR FRIENDS - We have been enjoying sightings of a cute, small deer in the yard - so it was nice to see others joining the yard party.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/13/22 Mon, 13 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/12/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/12/23 PUDDLE PATTERN -  I'm drawn to patterns in nature...like patterns in a puddle. Natural art is the best.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/12/23 Sun, 12 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/11/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/11/23 SKY HIGH - Clouds and big wind for the weekend.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/11/23 Sat, 11 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/10/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/10/23 HELP YOURSELF - Young deer strips the last of the leaves from a Rhododendron in our yard. Persistent snow cover has forest deer looking for food where they can find it...including the plants in our yard.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/10/23 Fri, 10 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/9/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/9/23 BLUE SKY BIRCH - It's great to have a winter blue sky day...and always a good idea to look up on the way back from the beaver pond.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/9/23 Thu, 09 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/8/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/8/23 IMITATION HIGHEST FORM OF FLATTERY - Male Downy Woodpecker...looks like a  mini-me of the larger Hairy Woodpecker.  Recent research supports the idea that the smaller species (the Downy) can benefit when other birds mistake it for a larger species (the Hairy Woodpecker). In other words, the Downy Woodpecker fools the other birds and gets a higher position in the pecking order by pretending to be a Hairy Woodpecker.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/8/23 Wed, 08 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/7/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/7/23 MY DEER - Young deer interrupted scrounging for spilled bird seed under the feeders. Very cold temperatures and lingering snow cover are bringing the deer into our yard more than usual. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/7/23 Tue, 07 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/6/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/6/23 JEEPERS CREEPER - Brown Creeper works along the trunk of a maple tree. Audubon field guide says the Creeper "looks like a wren, sings like a warbler, climbs trees like a woodpecker"...starting at the bottom of the trunk, probing the bark with it's slender bill.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/6/23 Mon, 06 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/5/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/5/23 PUFFY - Black Capped Chickadee puffed up against the record cold temperatures in New Hampshire. Birds puff their feathers to add extra insulation when it is cold.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/5/23 Sun, 05 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/4/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/4/23 BLOOMING COLD - With "once in a generation" record-low wind chill outside...the Christmas Cactus bloom in the greenhouse seemed like a good POTD subject for the day.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/4/23 Sat, 04 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/3/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/3/23 QUIET BEFORE THE COLD - Not much happening on the hill as we (and the wildlife) prepare for double-digit below zero wind chills. The Evening Grosbeak flock has dwindled to just a few - from the more than 20 earlier in the winter. This female Evening Grosbeak was one of the only birds in sight yesterday.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/3/23 Fri, 03 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/2/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/2/23 SQUIRRELS ALLOWED - Cute Red Squirrel gathering seeds under the bird feeders.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/2/23 Thu, 02 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 2/1/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/1/23 OH MOON - Waxing moon...

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/2/potd-2/1/23 Wed, 01 Feb 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/31/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/31/23 LOOKIN' FOR LOVE - Tom Turkey has a look of frustration as mating season is coming soon and he is stuck cruising the yard with another Tom! His chances at love are certain to improve as Spring comes around.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/31/23 Tue, 31 Jan 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/30/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/30/23 WATER & ICE -  A few warm days, a little snow melt and the brook is making ice formations on every overhanging branch.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/30/23 Mon, 30 Jan 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/29/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/29/23 PEEPING TOMS -  Two Tom Turkeys peer into our bedroom window. They are not interested in what we are doing inside - but are defending their territory from the turkeys they see reflected in the windows. They are driving the cats crazy. ;-)

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/29/23 Sun, 29 Jan 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/28/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/28/23 FINALLY SKY - After several back-to-back snow storms that caused power outages and lots of clean-up work, we finally had some blue sky to enjoy. Add a "photo cloud" or two and I'm happy.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/28/23 Sat, 28 Jan 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/27/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/27/23 SNOW CHICK - Chickadee among the snow-covered branches. A heavy, wet snow covered every branch with thick, heavy snow...causing limbs to break and power outages for thousands - but it turned the area into a winter wonderland.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/27/23 Fri, 27 Jan 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/26/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/26/23 WINTER WONDERLAND - With back-to-back snow storms, we are in a winter wonderland in New Hampshire. Snow shoes are the recommended footwear. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/26/23 Thu, 26 Jan 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/25/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/25/23 HUNKERED DOWN - After 24 hours with no electricity, we are thankful to live in an earth-sheltered bunker to weather the storm (also thankful to have a generator, we are more fortunate than most during these power knock-out storms).

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/25/23 Wed, 25 Jan 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/24/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/24/23 WINTER SKY - Winter weather in New Hampshire.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/24/23 Tue, 24 Jan 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/23/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/23/23 PRETTY BIRD -  Female Evening Grosbeak graces the feeder hook.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/23/23 Mon, 23 Jan 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/22/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/22/23 SNOW DOVE - Mourning Dove in the snow.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/22/23 Sun, 22 Jan 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/21/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/21/23 WINTER WONDERLAND - It snowed! ;-)

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/21/23 Sat, 21 Jan 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/20/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/20/23 WINTER TACTIC - Turkey standing on one leg. Birds' legs have an adaptation called "rete mirabile" that minimizes heat loss. The arteries that transport warm blood into the legs lie in contact with the veins that return colder blood to the bird's heart. The arteries warm the veins. Because the veins also cool the arteries, the bird’s feet are closer to environmental temperature and thus don’t lose as much heat as they would if they were at body temperature. And by standing on one leg, a bird reduces by half the amount of heat lost through unfeathered limbs.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/20/23 Fri, 20 Jan 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/19/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/19/23 BUSYBODIES - David Allen Sibley calls Chickadees the busybodies of the forest, peering into crevices, exploring tangles, studying twigs and pine cones and constantly chattering about it. When they aren't nesting, chickadees are quite social, and travel in small groups of up to ten birds.

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POTD 1/18/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/18/23 BIRDS OF A FEATHER - We have enjoyed the flock of Evening Grosbeaks in our yard this winer. They are not common visitors to our area and their irruption this year is, according to our friend, naturalist Meade Cadot, tied directly to the current outbreak of Spruce (and fir) Budworm in Canada and northern Maine. Lack of food in their usual territory has Evening Grosbeaks in southern New Hampshire this year.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/18/23 Wed, 18 Jan 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/17/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/17/23 OH SUNSET - Cherry tree in the yard makes a familiar foreground for a spectacular sunset. According to Google search: As the sun dips down over the horizon, sunlight has to pass through a thicker layer of the atmosphere compared to the daytime. This causes the blue light that is seen during the daytime to be scattered away from our eyes, allowing more orange and red light to pass through. I'll take a little purple with mine, thank you!  ;-)

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POTD 1/16/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/16/23 TITMOUSE - Titmice are closely related to Chickadees and share feeder behavior with them of carrying food from the feeder to be consumed on another perch. It is common to see them fly to a feeder, sort through the seeds for a second or two, then select one and fly back to the woods to eat it or hide it. While sorting they are judging the weight, as a way of guessing the fat content to get the one with the most nutrition for the effort.

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POTD 1/15/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/15/23 BROOK ICE - Ice forms interesting shapes above the brook from the beaver pond.

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POTD 1/14/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/14/22 GOOD EVENING - Male Evening Grosbeak. Evening Grosbeaks are actually large Finches...and Finches are well known for their strong tendency to roam. It has been a big year for Evening Grosbeaks in our area...due to a bird phenomenon known as an irruption..when birds become abundant in areas where they have been uncommon or rare for several years due to food shortages in their normal territory.

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POTD 1/13/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/13/23 JADED - Our decades-old Jade plant is blooming in the greenhouse.

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POTD 1/12/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/12/23 PICKY EATER - Chickadee with a black sunflower seed. Chickadees, unlike some other small birds (like finches) can't eat sitting at the feeder and  need to take their seed to a branch to crack open the seed to eat it. Because of the energy required to leave the feeder to eat the seed, Chickadees are very particular about which seed they choose. This Chickadee picked up several seeds before settling on the heaviest one to take to the branch to crack.

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POTD 1/11/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/11/23 NEW YEAR SUNRISE - Always a good morning with bright red clouds.

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POTD 1/10/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/10/23 BROOK ICE - Combine some warm day temperatures for snow melt with some cold overnight temperatures - the result is ice forming on overhanging branches on the brook.

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POTD 1/9/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/9/23 NIGHT OWL - We had an evening visitor...a Barred Owl looking for a meal around our yard feeders.

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POTD 1/8/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/8/23 FROSTING ON TOP - New Ipswich Mountain with a frosting of snow.

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POTD 1/7/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/7/23 GIMME SHELTER -  Chickadees choose the feeder with a roof during our first snow of 2023.

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POTD 1/6/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/6/23 SHOWY BLOOM -  The Apple Blossom Amaryllis has bloomed and the large, open bloom has the flowers' private parts exposed. The Stamen - the hot dog-shaped "guys" covered in yellow pollen and the Pistil - the white, open-looking, three tipped "girl".  

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POTD 1/5/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/5/23 FOGGY ISLAND POND - Warm temperatures made fog over the ice on Island Pond. 

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POTD 1/4/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/4/23 DAY DRINKING -  Red-Bellied Woodpecker licks his "lips" after drinking at a tree well. A warm stretch of weather has the birds heading for drinking spots.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/4/23 Wed, 04 Jan 2023 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 1/3/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/3/23 NEW YEAR MOON - Moon approaching full in the New Year.

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POTD 1/2/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/2/23 BELLY SHOWING -  Male Red-bellied Woodpecker with just a hint of his namesake red belly showing.

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POTD 1/1/23 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2023/1/potd-1/1/23 MELTING - An unusual warm stretch has melted snow on the ice on the beaver pond. It was a warm, foggy exit for the year 2022.

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POTD 12/31/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/31/22 OAK IN ICE - Oak leaf in a frozen puddle. Happy New Year!

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POTD 12/30/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/30/22 NEW BEGINNING SUNRISE - Bright red sunrise heralds bright prospects for the New Year ahead.

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POTD 12/29/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/29/22 NICE ICE - When water on the brook from the beaver pond gets high interesting ice formations are formed on overhanging branches.

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POTD 12/28/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/28/22 DUDE WITH THE SNOOD - Male Turkey showing his drooping snood. A snood is a fleshy protuberance above a male turkey's bill that can, in some cases, hang down and cover the bill. It seems the Winter Solstice and longer days have the male turkeys thinking about mating and this turkey's snood (and bright red bow tie) may be giving his thoughts away.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/28/22 Wed, 28 Dec 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/27/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/27/22 ABSTRACT ICE - Moving water and very cold temperatures...patterns in frozen puddles.

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POTD 12/26/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/26/22 LIT UP FOR CHRISTMAS - Colorful sunset adds to the drama of our barn Christmas lights. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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POTD 12/25/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/25/22 BIRD LONG JOHNS - Hairy Woodpecker shows her puffy feathered upper legs. Bitter cold Christmas Eve in New Hampshire made everyone have as much coverage as possible.

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POTD 12/24/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/24/22 OK...WINTER IS HERE - Icicles on the barn. We didn't need the Winter Solstice to remind us that Winter is here. ;-) 

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POTD 12/23/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/23/22 SNOWBIRD IN SNOW - Slate colored Junco braves the snow. Juncos are called Snowbirds because they show up in winter with the snow.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/23/22 Fri, 23 Dec 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/22/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/22/22 BIRD FEEDER - A Turkey hen helps herself to sunflower seeds in the bird feeder. Deep show made the feeder accessible to the turkeys.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/22/22 Thu, 22 Dec 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/21/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/21/22 HELP YOURSELF TO THE LANDSCAPE PLANTS - The recent heavy snow has the area deer working our yard - eating whatever is still green (Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel) and scrounging under the bird feeders.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/21/22 Wed, 21 Dec 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/20/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/20/22 WINTER SCENE in southern New Hampshire after the first big snow storm of the winter.

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POTD 12/19/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/19/22 MONADNOCK CLOUDS -  Billowing clouds over snow-covered Grand Monadnock Mountain Sunday.

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POD 12/18/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/pod-12/18/22 HIP DEEP ON A WILD TURKEY - A Turkey hen wades through snow during the Friday/Saturday snow storm that dumped 17 inches on us. Enough already! ;-)

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/pod-12/18/22 Sun, 18 Dec 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/17/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/17/22 NOT EVERYONE is lovey Dovey about our first big snowfall. Most of us thought a foot of heavy, wet snow is for the birds. ;-)

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POTD 12/16/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/16/22  

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE - Our neighbors on Timbertop Road have decorated the apple trees in their yard.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/16/22 Fri, 16 Dec 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/15/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/15/22 LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS - We were SO happy to participate in the second annual Luminary Walk at Hampshire Country School Wednesday evening. More than 450 luminaries lighted the schools' drive - celebrating the holidays of the season and honoring those we miss.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/15/22 Thu, 15 Dec 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/14/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/14/22 WORKING THE CRACKS - A male Downy Woodpecker works the branches of a white birch tree hunting for larvae. Downy woodpeckers are frequent visitors to the suet we put out, but also routinely feed on beetle larvae, chiseled out of limbs and branches.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/14/22 Wed, 14 Dec 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/13/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/13/22 NOT JUST EVENING  - Evening Grosbeaks at a feeder. We have been enjoying a visiting flock of Evening Grosbeaks - as they are irregular visitors to  our neighborhood and we don't see the pretty Finches often.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/13/22 Tue, 13 Dec 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/12/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/12/22 HAWK EYE - A Cooper's Hawk spots me as it looks for prey at bird feeders in our yard. A small to medium-sized hawk that feeds mainly on birds captured in flight, often stalking feeders in search of prey.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/12/22 Mon, 12 Dec 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/11/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/11/22 ICY PATTERNS - Patterns of ice freezing on the water surface are determined by wind direction, Coriolis forces from the Earth's rotation, and the position of landforms that interact with the currents. Surface wind-driven currents generate upwelling currents in conjunction with landforms, creating  currents that affect the freezing on the surface. These patterns are on the pool below the dam on the beaver pond.

 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/11/22 Sun, 11 Dec 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/10/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/10/22 COLD MOON - The December full moon - the Cold Moon - looks pretty hot over North Pack Monadnock Mountain Thursday night. 

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POTD 12/9/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/9/22 KICKIN' UP ITS HEELS - A young deer bounces out of the yard...maybe happy hunting season has ended?

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/9/22 Fri, 09 Dec 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/8/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/8/22 SEEING MIRROR - Bubbles in the brook - made into a mirror image in software. I've been fascinated with the effects of making photo mirror images since film and darkroom days and still think it makes fun visuals.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/8/22 Thu, 08 Dec 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/7/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/7/22 WAPACK SUNSET - A spectacular winter sunset over the Wapack Wilderness is reflected in Mountain Pond.

 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/7/22 Wed, 07 Dec 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 12/6/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/6/22 GOT THROUGH ANOTHER ONE - Tom Turkey keeps a wary eye out...having made it through another Thanksgiving without ending up on a platter, you can't be too careful.

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POTD 12/5/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/5/22 HAPPY ANNIVERSARY - Forgive the POTD departure from nature photos to this celebration photo of our 48th anniversary together. We celebrated with our friends...,here's to your happy holidays!

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POTD 12/4/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/4/22 ORANGE YOU GLAD - Male Downey woodpecker at the orange in the suet holder. We put out oranges for the Orioles that come in the Spring - and learned that our year-round woodpeckers like the oranges and the bears don't bother them.

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POTD 12/3/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/3/22 PUDDLE BUBBLES - Bubbles in a frozen puddle caught my eye yesterday.

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POTD 12/2/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/2/22 EVENING GROSBEAK - We had been enjoying the flock of Evening Grosbeaks visiting our yard. This female is among a flock of 10 that has been at the feeders for several days now.

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POTD 12/1/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/12/potd-12/1/22 BARE TREES - Foggy winter days always remind me of the decades old Fleetwood Mac album, Bare Trees...and I had already shot the photo of the foggy forest yesterday when we learned of the passing of Fleetwood Mac keyboardist and singer Christine McVie. RIP Christine!

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POTD 11/30/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/30/22 HALF MOON - Looking good - even half lit!

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POTD 11/29/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/29/22 WINTER SKY - Grand Monadnock Mountain under a threatening winter sky - viewed from Barrett Mountain in New Ipswich.

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POTD 11/28/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/28/22 GO CARDINALS - I grew up in the midwest - so the "local" major league baseball team was the St. Louis Cardinals. I photographed several Cardinals baseball games as a newspaper photographer in the 1980s. Now, I like the bird named Cardinal and enjoy thinking about the idea that seeing a Cardinal is a visit from someone you love who has passed away. We have a Cardinal family in the neighborhood, so we think about our loved ones often.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/28/22 Mon, 28 Nov 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/27/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/27/22 GETTING THE STINK EYE - Young deer gives me the "look" as it encounters the fencing we placed over the Hosta and other landscape plants the deer are coming into our yard to eat. The plants in our yard are apparently tastier than what's available in the forest - which is all around us.

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POTD 11/26/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/26/22 EVENING VISITORS - A pair of Evening Grosbeaks visit the feeder. Evening Grosbeaks, actually overgrown Finches, are irregular winter visitors to our area from their principal range in Canada.

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POTD 11/25/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/25/22 WINTER HAS ARRIVED AT THE BEAVER POND - With most of the beaver pond covered with a thin layer of ice, a cloudy winter sky is reflected in the open water near the shore.

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POTD 11/24/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/24/22 WE LOVE THIS TREE - Not only for the great Summer shade umbrella it provides us over our yard - but the great silhouette it makes during Winter sunsets.

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POTD 11/23/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/23/22 SPARROW CUTENESS - An immature White-throated Sparrow just getting its gold/yellow eyebrow.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/23/22 Wed, 23 Nov 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/22/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/22/22 LOVE THAT FACE -  Ludobill the Duck has the face only a mother could love...or boys at Hampshire Country School - who raised the duck from an egg. Ludobill, whose name came from a story one of the boys make up, is part of the elementary class's small bird flock at the special school down the road from us.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/22/22 Tue, 22 Nov 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/21/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/21/22 NOT A STRANGER - Red-Bellied Woodpecker - which it seems should be called Red-Headed Woodpecker - has slowly expanded it's range northward.  No longer the Red headed stranger,  have them year-round now.

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POTD 11/20/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/20/22 FIRST ICE - Melt from our first snow has the brook flowing and below freezing overnight temperatures left ice on the brook.

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POTD 11/19/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/19/22 DEAR DEER - It is hunting season in New Hampshire but we post our property No Hunting to give the deer a place to be without getting shot. They like what we have planted in our yard. ;-)

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POTD 11/18/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/18/22 WINTER SUNRISE - Sunrise over the Wapack Range lights an early winter morning sky.

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POTD 11/17/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/17/22 OUR FIRST SNOWFALL was dripping from the last of the Kiwi berries before noon. Early sunsets and overnight snow lets us know that winter is upon us.

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POTD 11/16/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/16/22 RED BIRD - All the red leaves of Fall foliage are gone - so it is up to the Cardinal to bring the color to the garden.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/16/22 Wed, 16 Nov 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/15/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/15/22 FEEDER FRENZY - Lots of little birds are flocking to the feeder as colder weather comes to New Hampshire.

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POTD 11/14/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/14/22 PATIO GARDEN DINING - A young deer helps itself to Dianthus plants in our patio garden. Our first frost has killed lots of forest vegetation, so the deer are foraging in our yard for flowers not yet overcome by the frost.

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POTD 11/13/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/13/22 IT RAINED - We can always use rain...but it cuts down on the nature photo opportunities ;-)

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POTD 11/12/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/12/22 RAIN on an Aspen leaf.

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POTD 11/11/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/11/22 FALL ON THE TRAIL - The trail to the beaver pond is ankle deep in fallen leaves. 

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POTD 11/10/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/10/22 FIRE IN THE SKY over Monadnock Mountain

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POTD 11/9/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/9/22 OVER THE MOON - The Blood full moon - I missed the red color of the lunar eclipse, but am always amazed at the big, full moon.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/9/22 Wed, 09 Nov 2022 10:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/8/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/8/22 Nuthatches, like this White-Breasted Nuthatch, have a very different climbing style from most other birds. They do not use their tails for a brace when climbing - just their two feet with sharp claws. They cling to bark and can move in any direction, often hanging head down.

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POTD 11/7/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/7/22 AND THEN IT IS OVER - The Fall foliage has fallen on the Wapack Range above the beaver pond...even the Oak leaves have fallen to the windy, rainy weather.

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POTD 11/6/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/6/22 FALL FELL along the brook from the beaver pond.

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POTD 11/5/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/5/22 SNOWBIRD - Slate-colored Junco shows up in New Hampshire with winter.

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POTD 11/4/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/4/22  

PONDING - Late Fall reflections in our little pond.

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POTD 11/3/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/3/22 HALF MOON SCENE - No leaves to hide the moon.

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POTD 11/2/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/2/22 WINTER BREEZE - Red-Bellied Woodpecker has his feathers puffed by a stiff Fall breeze. Leaves are off the trees and shorter days mean Winter is on the way.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/2/22 Wed, 02 Nov 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 11/1/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/11/potd-11/1/22 FALL ABSTRACTION -  Bare trees reflected in our greenhouse glass.

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POTD 10/31/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/31/22 SUNSET GLOW ON THE BEAVER POND - After the color of the spectacular Fall foliage has gone - the glow of sunset colors the mountain range above the beaver pond.

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POTD 10/30/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/30/22 HEY CHICKADEE - Chickadee grabs a sunflower seed from the feeder. The Chickadees have been wild at the feed recently...feeding at a frenzy.

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POTD 10/29/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/29/22 FALL ON THE BROOK - After a very dry Summer - it rained! Nice to see water flowing in the brook from the beaver pond.

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POTD 10/28/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/28/22 EAGLE ON THE BEAVER POND - After I missed the Eagles on the beaver pond over the weekend - we saw this immature Eagle hunting on the beaver pond Thursday evening.

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POTD 10/27/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/27/22 HE DIDN'T COME TO HELP WITH THE YARD WORK - The pesky neighborhood bear interrupted the yard pickup when it came scouting for birdseed scraps. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/27/22 Thu, 27 Oct 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/26/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/26/22 NEW HAMPSHIRE COUNTRY ROAD - Still plenty of color in the New Hampshire forest as we take the long road home.

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POTD 10/25/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/25/22 OAK ON THE WATER - A rainy day is helping bring our Fall foliage to a beautiful end. Oak and Beech leaves accented with Pine needles create a still life on our little pond.

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POTD 10/24/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/24/22 BALD EAGLE ON THE BEAVER POND - A message from my neighbor and I rushed home in hopes of catching an eagle on our beaver pond...but gone before I got home - I found the beaver pond in the "bronze age" of our fall season. No eagles, but not bad ;-)

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POYD 10/23/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/poyd-10/23/22 MISTY MORNING on Island Pond

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POTD 10/22/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/22/22 ENTERING THE BROWN PHASE - Oak leaves turning brown replace the red and orange Maple leaves on Mt. New Ipswich above the beaver pond as New Hampshire fall foliage enters the brown phase.

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POTD 10/21/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/21/22 BLENDING - Male Cardinal among fall leaves.

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POTD 10/20/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/20/22 FALL FELL - Fall leaves floating on the brook from the beaver pond...Most of the bright colored Maple leaves have fallen, leaving the rich browns of the Oaks and the bright yellow of the Birches as our Fall foliage for the end of October.

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POTD 10/19/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/19/22 CLOUD COVER - Pack Monadnock Mountain with clouds on top.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/19/22 Wed, 19 Oct 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/18/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/18/22 SIMPLY FALL - Fall colored Maple leaf is the emblem of Fall.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/18/22 Tue, 18 Oct 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/17/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/17/22 BEAVER POND SUNSET - Fall sunset on the beaver pond. It does not get better!

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/17/22 Mon, 17 Oct 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/16/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/16/22 INTO THE CACHE - Red-Bellied Woodpecker taking a seed from the feeder. Woodpeckers typically go to suet feeders - but in Fall, several species of birds "cache" (stash) food to retrieve later.  This male was back and forth at the feeder - returning to the same spot in a tree to hide the seeds for later.

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POTD 10/15/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/15/22 HOT YARD  - Fall foliage all around, but we don't have to go far to see the big fall color. The front yard is plenty right now!

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POTD 10/14/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/14/22 NOTHING IN THE FEEDER? I'LL JUST TAKE THE WHOLE THING - Our pesky neighborhood bear showed up again looking for spilled birdseed. Frustrated at finding the feeder empty - he took off with it.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/14/22 Fri, 14 Oct 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/13/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/13/22 NUTHATCH STASH - A Nuthatch stashes a shelled sunflower seed in a bark crevice. The process is called caching. By storing seeds, the birds ensure they will have something to eat later when food is scarce. Caching has long been of interest to ornithologists and animal behaviorists, and their research has taught us some amazing things about the behavior and the birds that perform it.

In a 1984 paper in Animal Behavior, David Sherry reported the results of lab experiments which demonstrated that black-capped chickadees can not only remember where they have stored seeds, but also which caches they have already eaten, which caches they have discovered eaten by other animals, and which caches contain their favorite food items. Sherry also found that chickadees can remember the locations of their caches for 28 days after they have created them.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/13/22 Thu, 13 Oct 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/12/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/12/22 GRAND MONADNOCK - Fall color creeping up Monadnock Mountain. Said to be the second most climbed mountain in the world (behind Mt Fuji in Japan), Monadnock is the center piece of the region in southern New Hampshire and is crawling with hikers this time of year.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/12/22 Wed, 12 Oct 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/11/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/11/22 FALL WARBLER - Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Myrtle breed, at the beaver pond Monday. One of the most common and widespread Warblers, Yellow-Rumped are often the core member of mixed Warbler flocks during migration, especially in late fall.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/11/22 Tue, 11 Oct 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/10/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/10/22 HEY RED - Male Cardinal gives some attitude at the feeder.

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POTD 10/9/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/9/22 FALL IN THE ABSTRACT - Leaves floating on the beaver pond in the Fall-colored reflection.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/9/22 Sun, 09 Oct 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/8/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/8/22 FALL CONTINUES ON THE BEAVER POND - The special time of the year for color on the beaver pond.

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POTD 10/7/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/7/22 My DEER ?

- Young deer looking for something  "special" to eat in our yard...how about those ears? ;-)

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POTD 10/6/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/6/22 BLENDING - With his bright red cap, the male Red-Bellied Woodpecker blends with the fall foliage.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/6/22 Thu, 06 Oct 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 10/5/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/5/22 MORE LEAF COLOR - Fall continues on the beaver pond.

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POTD 10/4/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/4/22 FALL UP - Not all of the trees have turned Fall foliage brilliant, but cold nights in New Hampshire have lots of our trees displaying brilliantly.

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POTD 10/3/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/3/22  

FALL COLOR ON THE GRIDLEY - The famous New England fall foliage always starts along the water...the Gridley River near our house is a reliable place to  see early fall color.

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POTD 10/2/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/2/22 FALL 0N THE WATER - Maple leaves on the beaver pond. Fall is falling in New Hampshire.

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POTD 10/1/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/10/potd-10/1/22 HEY BEAR - We had to discourage a small bear looking for spilled birdseed in the yard. Getting close to the end of the yard raiding season, but we still need to be careful about "encouraging" bears to visit us.

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POTD 9/30/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/30/22 IT'S A START - A few trees along the edge of the beaver pond are making the start of fall foliage season in New Hampshire. 

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POTD 9/29/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/29/22 TAG, YOU'RE IT -  We watched a Monarch tagging process in Indiana during our recent visit. They caught, tagged and released over one hundred Monarchs on the day we watched. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/29/22 Thu, 29 Sep 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/28/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/28/22 GETTING THE EAGLE EYE - We just got home from a trip to my hometown, where we witnessed the release of a young Bald Eagle. Wildlife rehabilitator and high school classmate Angel Lange released the eagle named Liberty Bell over the Wabash River. Liberty Bell was what Lange called a limb hopper - a young eagle hopping from limb to limb before it can fly. Sometime they fall out of the tree - as the one did - and Lange raised the bird until it is able to be released.

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POTD 9/27/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/27/22 FLICKER - By excavating nesting cavities in large dead trees, Northern Flickers provide future nest sites for many other species, such as American Kestrels. Naturalists say declining numbers of Flickers influence populations of other species.

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POTD 9/26/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/26/22 HERE WE GO - The first of the Fall leaf color is upon us in New Hampshire.

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POTD 9/25/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/25/22 JAYBIRD - Blue Jay drinks from a tree limb scar.  When theories of protective coloration were first being debated around 1900, birds like the Blue Jay were a puzzle. It was difficult to imagine how such flashy colors could be helpful for concealment. We now know that color patterns evolve for many reasons, not just for camouflage. The Jays' flashy color patterns may make it harder for a predator to recognize the bird and tell what direction it is looking.

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POTD 9/24/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/24/22 PICKY EATER - White-Breasted Nuthatch grabs a sunflower seed at the feeder before flying into a tree with it. They wedge the seed into a bark crevice and pound it open with their bill. This is apparently the origin of their name - they are really nut hackers.

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POTD 9/23/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/23/22 HERE'S HOW WE FEEL ABOUT FALL WEATHER - Plenty of room on the beach to express yourself...and we LOVE Fall in New England.

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POTD 9/22/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/22/22 DELIGHTED - New have been delighted to have a family of Cardinals in our yard this year. Brightly colored and quite vocal, the Cardinals are regulars this year.

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POTD 9/21/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/21/22 LINGERING - Still seeing Monarch Butterflies hanging around the last flowers in the garden. Monarchs will be heading south on their big migration any day now.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/21/22 Wed, 21 Sep 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/20/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/20/22 CUTE LITTLE DEVILS - We were overrun with Chipmunks this year...so many that they caused a nuisance - getting into things and making holes all over the yard. But, they are cute! ;-)

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POTD 9/19/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/19/22 FEATHER WEATHER - A Turkey feather left behind in the yard as several young Turkeys are checking for spilled food under the bird feeders.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/19/22 Mon, 19 Sep 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/18/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/18/22 PASSING THROUGH? - After several days of seeing NO hummingbirds...this female showed up, attracted to decidedly Fall Mums on the patio. P.S....I mis-identified yesterday's POTD of a Pileated woodpecker as a male Pileated and my friend and wildlife expert Meade Cadot - corrected me on an obvious mistake - as male Pileated Woodpeckers have a red mustache and the girl in the photo had a black mustache ;-) Thanks Meade for helping me correct!

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/18/22 Sun, 18 Sep 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/17/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/17/22 BIG WOODY - Male Pileated Woodpecker visiting the yard after ripe cherries. We hear the big woodpeckers more than we see them - but ripe cherries bring them out in the open for viewing. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/17/22 Sat, 17 Sep 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/16/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/16/22 ALL IN THE FAMILY - We have enjoyed watching a family of Cardinals in our yard this year. The young birds still have their dark beaks - which will change to bright orange in a few weeks.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/16/22 Fri, 16 Sep 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/15/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/15/22 LAST OF THE SEASON - After days of seeing NO Monarch butterflies - we spotted this perfect male in the garden today.  Most all accounts have the Monarchs already on their migration journey...we think this late bloomer also left today.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/15/22 Thu, 15 Sep 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POD 9/14/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/pod-9/14/22 OCEANFRONT SKY - Quick trip to the coast where a cloudy sky decorated the post-Labor Day empty beach..

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/pod-9/14/22 Wed, 14 Sep 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/13/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/13/22 IT'S A STRETCH - A Goldfinch stretches to reach something on the bottom of the branch. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/13/22 Tue, 13 Sep 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/12/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/12/22 MAY HAVE SEEN THE LAST OF - Caught this female Hummingbird on a Clethra bloom yesterday. Have not seen a Hummer since...which may mean they have left on their migration journey. The males had already gone and only a couple of females were still around last week.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/12/22 Mon, 12 Sep 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/11/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/11/22 I USED TO FLY TO NEW YORK CITY OFTEN back when I was working for Scitex calling on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Rolling Stone - and when I flew into LaGuardia Airport, I would fly pretty close to the World Trade Center towers. I shot this photo on the way home one evening and break it out on 9/11 anniversaries.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/11/22 Sun, 11 Sep 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/10/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/10/22 LOOK MOM, NO HANDS - A Painted Turtle balances on the top of a rock on Mill Pond. Its' top spot position did not last long as a slightly larger turtle approaches to claim the spot.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/10/22 Sat, 10 Sep 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/9/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/9/22 OH, WHAT A TANGLED WEB - Spider webs on the beaver pond in the early morning. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/9/22 Fri, 09 Sep 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/8/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/8/22 EVERY LAST BITE -  A Monarch butterfly on an almost gone Zinnia blossom.  Late Summer Monarchs are the ones that migrate to Mexico - so we won't be seeing them much longer.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/8/22 Thu, 08 Sep 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/7/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/7/22 WET FLICKER - Rain in New Hampshire brought this male Northern Flicker to the yard. Sibley calls the Flicker the most un-woodpecker-like woodpecker, whose favorite food is ants. So, it is common to see Flickers hopping in the yard after ants. A very dry Summer made ants scarce in the yard - so the recent rain had all of the yard bug-eating birds on the hunt.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/7/22 Wed, 07 Sep 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/6/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/6/22 BUSY DAD - A pair of newly fledged Goldfinches gang up on dad to be fed. After young Goldfinches fledge, the adult males continue to feed the young for 15-30 days.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/6/22 Tue, 06 Sep 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/5/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/5/22 READY FOR TAKEOFF - Milkweed fruits (pods), when mature, split lengthwise releasing seeds. Each seed is attached to fluffy hairs (floss) that enable wind dispersion. A recent study found that the vast majority of wind dispersed seeds fall within 33 feet - but about 20% went farther - at least one in the study traveled up to 164 feet.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/5/22 Mon, 05 Sep 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/4/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/4/22 YOUNG CARDINALS - Feathers on juvenile Cardinals are often relatively flimsy, having been grown quickly as part of the strategy to fledge from the nest as soon as possible. They will be replaced by more adult-like feathers within a few weeks, before harsher weather of winter sets in.

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POTD 9/3/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/3/22 END OF THE GARDEN - A Silver-Bordered Fritillary takes advantage of one of the last Zinnia blossoms in the garden.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/3/22 Sat, 03 Sep 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/2/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/2/22 AHHHHH - Finally enough rain to wet the Morning Glory blossom. Nothing better today!

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/2/22 Fri, 02 Sep 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 9/1/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/1/22 MONARCH COLORS - The Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis changed colors today. We will be watching it tomorrow to see the Monarch Butterfly emerge!

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/9/potd-9/1/22 Thu, 01 Sep 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/31/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/31/22 HORNY - A huge Tomato Hornworm (actually two, look closely) chomps away at one of the few remaining tomatoes in our garden. Tomato hornworms, actually large green caterpillars, get their name from the dark projection on their posterior and their use of tomatoes as a host plant. A hot dry summer and a gang of Tomato Hornworms are bringing our tomato patch to an end.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/31/22 Wed, 31 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/30/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/30/22 LATE SUMMER OFFSPRING - Immature Chipping Sparrow begs to be fed. Several smaller birds are feeding young now...even after many other young birds have fledged.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/30/22 Tue, 30 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/29/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/29/22 MOUNTAIN VIEW - We got up to the Wapack Trail  with our friends today to see Monadnock Mountain. Always nice to catch the view!

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/29/22 Mon, 29 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/28/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/28/22 TERRITORIAL - Two female Hummingbirds jostle at the feeder. We are seeing fewer Hummingbirds - starting to think some of them have already left on migration - but the ones still here are fighting at the feeders.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/28/22 Sun, 28 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/27/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/27/22 MORE CHERRY PICKIN' - Male Northern Flicker cleaning up the dwindling crop of cherries. Flickers favorite food is ants - but a drought in New Hampshire has kept the ants underground, forcing the Flicker to join the other birds on the cherry trees.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/27/22 Sat, 27 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/26/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/26/22 ABOUT TO HEAD SOUTH - A Red-Eyed Vireo showed up in the yard yesterday. The Red-Eyed Vireos that spend summer in the U.S. and southern Canada migrate south to winter in the Amazon Basin in South America. After a couple of years seeing the Vireo's nest in our orchard - we didn't see it this year, but were happy to see the Vireo before it leaves.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/26/22 Fri, 26 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/25/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/25/22 COME ON DAD! - Immature male Cardinal speaks out about something while "dad" seems to ignore him. When young Northern Cardinals leave the nest they have dark bills without any bright color. A few weeks later, the dark color of the bill will have faded and the bill becomes bright orange-red like the adults.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/25/22 Thu, 25 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/24/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/24/22 TILL THE CHERRIES ARE GONE - Cedar Waxwing hanging in a dead Spruce tree. The Waxwings come every year when the fruit is ripe and stay until there is no more fruit on the trees. Huge Cherry trees around our yard attract several fruit-eating bird species.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/24/22 Wed, 24 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/23/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/23/22 PASTEL BREASTED GROSBEAK - An immature male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak is growing into the bright rose-colored bib he'll have as an adult.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/23/22 Tue, 23 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/22/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/22/22 HUMMERS ARE CRAZY - We have had a late-Summer explosion of Hummingbirds at our feeders and garden flowers. Hummingbirds will be heading south from New Hampshire shortly - and the hectic activity in the yard makes it seem like they are bulking up for the long trip south.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/22/22 Mon, 22 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/21/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/21/22 PASSING THROUGH - We spotted a Solitary Sandpiper along the edge of the beaver pond. They are migratory birds - spending winters in Central and South America - stopping at the beaver pond along the way.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/21/22 Sun, 21 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/20/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/pod-8/20/22 EYE ON BUGS - A Barn Swallow watches from a perch over the beaver pond. Swallows fly low and fast over the surface of the water and eat insects on the fly.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/pod-8/20/22 Sat, 20 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/19/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/19/22 MONARCH IN TRAINING - We'll be watching this Monarch butterfly chrysalis as it morphs into a butterfly. This is day 2, I'll keep you posted. ;-)

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/19/22 Fri, 19 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/18/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/18/22 SHOWIN' YOUR COLORS - A Male Ruby-Throated Hummingbird flashes his name-sake ruby colors. The iridescent colors of the male hummingbird are among the most refined and spectacular colors of all of nature. The structure of the feather surface amplifies one color of light, and the surfaces are angled so that they reflect that color only in one direction - straight ahead of the bird. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/18/22 Thu, 18 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/17/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/17/22 FINCH FOOD - Male American Goldfinch munches a Catnip flower. Finches are fond of small seeds and have found the Catnip in our garden that has gone to seed.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/17/22 Wed, 17 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/16/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/16/22 TOPPING OUT - A Monarch Butterfly caterpillar on the top of the Asclepias branch it has just chomped clean.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/16/22 Tue, 16 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/15/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/15/22 BIRD CHATTER - Male Cardinal singing up a storm. Several different "songs" even this late in the season, he is still trying to impress someone.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/15/22 Mon, 15 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/14/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/14/22 CHERRY PICKIN" - A Robin reaches for a cherry as the crop dwindles from the pressure of many fruit-eating birds.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/14/22 Sun, 14 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/13/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/13/22 BIRDS OF A FEATHER - Cedar Waxwings congregating in a dead spruce tree. They are here in numbers for the ripe cherries. They will be gone when the cherries are gone.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/13/22 Sat, 13 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POD 8/12/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/pod-8/12/22 BRING ON THE MONARCHS - We are seeing more Monarch caterpillars on our Asclepias every day. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/pod-8/12/22 Fri, 12 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/11/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/11/22 HEY BEAVER - A beaver on the beaver pond...haven't seen much of him/them this year. Just a quick look and then he was gone.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/11/22 Thu, 11 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/10/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/10/22 ANGRY BIRD? - A Cedar Waxwing shoots me what appears to be a nasty look from a bare branch in the cherry tree. Fruit-eating birds are descending on the cherry trees in our yard now that the fruit is ripe.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/10/22 Wed, 10 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/9/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/9/22 THE PITS - A female Scarlet Tanager pits a cherry with its tongue. Birds frequently swallow food whole and process it in their digestive tract...but this photo makes it appear that Tanagers work the pit from the cherry and discard it rather than swallow the entire cherry.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/9/22 Tue, 09 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/8/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/8/22 I CAN REACH THAT - A male Scarlet Tanager preens in a cherry tree in our yard. Now that cherries are ripe, Tanagers, Waxwings and Woodpeckers are coming to the trees in flocks. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/8/22 Mon, 08 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/7/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/7/22 OR KESTREL - We were surprised to see several American Kestrels hunting together from a wire over a hay field. We counted seven Kestrels across a large field. The Kestrel is the smallest of the falcons and is a dainty eater of grasshoppers and mice. Numbers of American Kestrels have been declining for decades - so it was good to see so many at once!

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/7/22 Sun, 07 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/6/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/6/22 WITH THE CHERRIES - Cedar Waxwings are back in the yard now that the cherries are starting to ripen. Our yard is ringed with tall cherry trees and we welcome the fruit-eating birds that come to the trees every year,

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/6/22 Sat, 06 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/5/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/5/22 OH JOY - A man gets a joy rush feeding gulls on the wing at Nubble Light on Cape Neddick, Maine. Visitors to the popular tourist scene on the Maine Coast have "trained" the gulls by feeding them - in this case crackers - cute, but probably not particularly healthy for the birds.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/5/22 Fri, 05 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/4/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/4/22 Not many birds at the feeders in late Summer, but the neighborhood pileated Woodpecker announced himself wth his familiar chatter in his regular place on a pine tree snag on the edge of the yard.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/4/22 Thu, 04 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/3/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/3/22 INTO FLOWERS - There are enough blooms in the gardens for the Hummingbirds to frequent the flower beds. We are seeing fewer Hummers this year than usual. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/3/22 Wed, 03 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/2/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/2/22 LOOK BETWEEN THE LEAVES -  A small Bullfrog rests between the lily pads on the beaver pond. This summer in New Hampshire, everyone wants to stay partly in the water.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/2/22 Tue, 02 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 8/1/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/1/22 THE OTHER HUMMER -  A Hummingbird Moth hovers over a Petunia blossom. A member of the Sphinx Moth Family, their hovering habits resemble that of Hummingbirds, hence the name.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/8/potd-8/1/22 Mon, 01 Aug 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/31/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/31/22 OTHER RED BIRD - Male Scarlet Tanager at the top of the tree. Something about a red bird that catches the eye. ;-)

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/31/22 Sun, 31 Jul 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/30/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/30/22 YAY - We have planted lots of Asclepias (Milkweed) and to support Monarchs in our gardens. After seeing the news last week that Monarch Butterflies were listed as endangered, we were particularly happy to see Monarch Butterfly caterpillars in our garden happily munching the Asclepias leaves.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/30/22 Sat, 30 Jul 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/29/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/29/22 REFLECTIONS ON A POND - A beautiful day with a sky full of "photo clouds" at the beaver pond.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/29/22 Fri, 29 Jul 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/28/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/28/22 ZINNIA EMERGING - Zinnias are one of our favorite garden flowers.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/28/22 Thu, 28 Jul 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/27/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/27/22 CAUGHT IN THE ACT - We looked out this morning to catch this deer enjoying the salad bar that is our Hosta bed. We had covered the Hosta with fence - but moved some to enjoy as it started to bloom. The deer in our woods LOVE the shrubs and flowers we have planted in our yard - just a few feet away from the forest..

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POTD 7/26/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/26/22 BIG BIRD - We got off the hill today for an appointment and spotted our friend, the "Greenville Eagle", hunting from a perch over the Souhegan River.

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POTD 7/25/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/25/22 HAZY DAYS OF SUMMER -  Monadnock Mountain -  hazy under summer clouds. 

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POTD 7/24/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/24/22 ENDANGERED  - An International conservation group has listed the beloved Monarch Butterfly as endangered. The group estimates the Monarch population has declined up to 72% over the past decade with some estimates of the decline up to 85%. This male Monarch stopped in on Asclepias (a cultivar of Milkweed) we planted on our roof to attract Monarchs.

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POTD 7/23/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/23/22 SOLAR ROBIN - Momma Robin on a nest under the solar array. It seems like a good place for a nest.

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POTD 7/22/21 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/22/21 POLLINATOR COOPERATION - Clouded Sulphur Butterfly and a Honeybee share an Asclepias bloom. Orange Milkweed is also called Butterfly Weed and attracts all kinds of pollinators.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/22/21 Fri, 22 Jul 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/21/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/21/22 IN THE GARDEN - An Eastern Amberwing Dragonfly (I think, I'm not good with "bug" IDs) finds something to like about a spent flower bloom in the pollinator garden.

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POTD 7/20/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/20/22 WINNY LOVE- Winston, our neighbors' tortoise, wants to ram right against you to show affection...but with his hard and  pointy shell, it's best to stay a step ahead of him.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/20/22 Wed, 20 Jul 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/19/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/19/22 GET A LEG UP - Just getting around to editing photos from a Riparian Preserve visit in Arizona where I saw this Black-Necked Stilt wading in a shallow pond.

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POTD 7/18/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/18/22 SHORE ART - Another photo from Long Sands Beach on Cape Neddick.

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POTD 7/17/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/17/22 CLAM STRIPS - A Gull pulls a clam from a shell on Long Sands Beach in York, Maine.The Gulls gather clams left by high tide and drop them on the hard sand beach to break the shells to get at the clams inside.

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POTD 7/16/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/16/22 OCEAN SUNRISE - A couple of days of scenery change from the forest to the Maine Coast. Always nice to see the sun rise over the ocean and then nice to be home again in the trees.

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POTD 7/15/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/15/22 FRITILLARY -  A Silver-Bordered Fritillary Butterfly lands long enough for a photo They get their name from "fritting" about - not landing in one place
very long. A member of the Brushroot Family - they like plants in the violet family  - which explains why we caught them landing in the yard.

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POTD 7/14/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/14/22 LOVE THOSE CLOUDS - We usually don't like cloudy days...but then the clouds MAKE the picture...we like those clouds.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/14/22 Thu, 14 Jul 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/13/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/13/22 BEING A DAD - Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak feeds a fledgling. The immature birds flutter their wings as they beg. This male fed two fledglings - one after the other - making sure each got an equal amount.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/13/22 Wed, 13 Jul 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/12/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/12/22 OH DEER - Young deer deals with the "deer" flies on its head. Summer in New Hampshire - at least there is plenty to eat. 

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POTD 7/11/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/11/22 NOT KISSING - Two Jake Turkeys (young males) face off over territory. The strategy seems to be that the other turkey can't peck you if you have your beak over his beak.

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POTD 7/10/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/10/22 FIRST MONARCH - So happy to see Monarch butterflies back for the season. Eastern Monarchs migrate in fall to overwinter in fir trees in the mountains of central Mexico. In Spring, 1 or 2 generations pass as they fly back to New England and 1 or 2 more generations pass in New England before the next migration.

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/10/22 Sun, 10 Jul 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/9/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/9/22 WORKING THE WELLS - Female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker works the sap wells on a Mountain Ash tree. Sapsuckers drill holes in the bark of trees - which they, and other birds and bugs - visit to drink the sap and eat insects that are also drawn to the sweet sap.

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POTD 7/8/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/8/22 BLOOM BANDIT - A Chipmunk helps himself to Pansy blooms on the patio. 

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[email protected] (Paul Willis Photographs) https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/8/22 Fri, 08 Jul 2022 09:00:00 GMT
POTD 7/7/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/7/22 BEAVER POND WILDFLOWER - We watch for the Swamp Candles to bloom on the beaver pond. In the Primrose family, the delicate blooms show up along the bank of the beaver pond in July.

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POTD 7/6/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/6/22 KINGFISHER - A Belted Kingfisher hunts from a perch above the beaver pond.

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POTD 7/5/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/5/22 PHOTO CLOUDS - Clouds over the beaver pond.

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POTD 7/4/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/4/22 BABY BIRD-ATHON CONTINUES - Blue Jay fledgling begs in the Ash tree. Jays as big as the adult birds begging to be fed.

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POTD 7/3/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/3/22 RAISING YOUNG - Downy Woodpecker feeding young.  Many of the birds that visit our feeders are bringing young and the woodpeckers are very conscientious about feeding the young birds.

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POTD 7/2/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/2/22 HEY SUCKA! -  Male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker shows his namesake belly visiting an Ash tree in the yard.

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POTD 7/1/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/7/potd-7/1/22 FEED ME - Grackle chick demanding food at the suet feeder as the baby bird-athon at Sundial continues. 

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POTD 6/30/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/30/22 BEEP BEEP! - Road Runner off with a small lizard meal. I was just in Arizona for a few days...and caught a glimpse of this Road Runner...no sign of Wylie Coyote.

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

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

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POTD 6/27/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/27/22 CHICK PIC - Heron chick has a goofy look when viewed head on.

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

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POTD 6/25/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/25/22 MOUTH FULL - Male Red-bellied Woodpecker heads away from the feeder with as many seeds as he can hold.  This time of year birds are feeding young and use the feeders as "take-out" spots.

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

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POTD 6/23/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/23/22 LAND OF PLENTY - Cardinal taking advantage of a huge pile of black sunflower seeds. In the 1950s, Cardinals were found north only to southern Indiana and New Jersey. Climate change, plentiful bird feeders and open lawns with shrubs and trees has them as far north as southern Canada.

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POTD 6/22/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/22/22 IT'S NOT EASY BEING GREEN - Green Frog in our garden pond.

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

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POTD 6/20/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/20/22 BEAVER POND ORCHID - We watch for the Rose Pagonia to bloom on the beaver pond. Pogonia aphioglossoides is in the orchid family and like other wetland orchids suffers from degradation of habitat. 

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POTD 6/19/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/19/22 INCOMING - Heron landing on a crowded nest on the beaver pond. A nest full of growing chicks makes landing a precision maneuver and adult Herons come and go several times a day to keep the growing chicks fed. 

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POTD 6/18/22 https://www.paulwillisphotographs.com/blog/2022/6/potd-6/18/22 EXACTLY HOW DO THESE WINGS WORK? - A just-fledged Eastern Phoebe works at getting the hang of spreading its' wings. It was flying - albeit tentatively.

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