North American Songbirds

Bird Watching In the Northeast

The hours of daylight are getting longer. It’s finally beginning to feel like spring, and many of us in the northern hemisphere look forward to the return of migrating birds. Many birds migrate to a specific area to breed and raise their young.

The time it takes a bird to complete its one way migration can range from a few weeks to four months, depending on the distance. Soon the air will be filled with song!

The Northern Cardinal is abundant across the eastern United States from Maine to Texas and in Canada. Its natural habitat is woodlands, gardens, shrub lands, and swamps. This bird is a permanent resident throughout its range, it may relocate to avoid extreme weather or when food is scarce. The Northern Cardinal is the most popular state bird, representing Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia.

The Eastern Bluebird loves to perch on tree branches and wires observing insect prey. An eastern bluebird will swoop down and catch a flying insect or go down to the ground to feed on a grasshopper, cricket or other insect. The Eastern Bluebird is the state bird of Missouri and New York.

The Baltimore Oriole is a medium sized songbird with a long pointed bill and a beautiful flute-like song. The Oriole builds a “hanging basket” nest at the top of tall trees, usually elm or maple. They eat insects, fruit and nectar. It’s easy to entice a Baltimore Oriole to your backyard by placing orange halves on a feeder fruit side up.

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Save the World Plant a Tree

Leave a Lasting Impact

Each year hundreds of trees are cut to clear power lines, install fuel lines, or to build roads, homes, and shopping malls. In addition, stronger storms around the world can devastate trees and forests. One of the most positive and lasting impacts we can make on earth is to plant a tree! Trees are vital to our existence as well as provide food and shelter for wildlife. It’s never too early to think about planting your next tree.

Consider Species

There are several things to consider when planting trees. Now is the time to start thinking about them. Consider your landscape. Trees which bear fruit are generally small and will attract wildlife. If you plant a fruiting tree close to your home expect to have plenty of frequent visitors. Some trees grow large providing shelter to animals from wind and rain. A large tree near your home helps to cool it in the summer. Consider the roots on a large tree before planting near your home. Roots can shoot out as far or farther than the canopy of a tree. Roots may grow into sewer lines and over time crack blacktop and concrete. Be sure to give your large tree plenty of room to grow. So think carefully about which type of tree you might like to plant this spring.

Earth Day

The best time to plant trees is in the spring after the ground thaws. Many communities have festivities centered around Earth Day and Arbor Day. Check your local area, some organizations hold tree give-aways encouraging people to plant native species.

Every year in Binghamton New York the Broome County Soil & Water Department holds a sale of mostly native plants and trees for a low cost. The Spring Tree Order Form and Descriptions are available online now! Trees are sold in groups of 10 for as little as $18.00. Make a commitment to plant ten trees, or at least plant one and give the rest away. Everyone enjoys receiving a lasting gift. What better gift to give than a gift of life, which grows stronger over time and benefits us all!

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Black and White Tree Art Series

Black and White Tree Art Series

I’m pleased to announce a new series of black and white tree art I recently published. Here are three pieces from the set. Each piece was designed with high contrast for a sophisticated decor. They are also available as throw pillows and phone cases. Collect one or all three pieces from this set then mix and match accessories! These pieces are sure to attract attention in any room of your home or business. Enjoy more from my series of Artistic Tree Art in my interior designs gallery. Shop with confidence! Every purchase includes a money-back guarantee. If you’re not happy with a purchase you make for any reason, you can return it within 30 days of the order date.

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Tips for Winter Photography

Photographing Subjects In The Snow

Here are some helpful hints for taking photographs of subjects and landscapes in the snow. Using program mode on your camera for winter photography will produce ‘gray’ snow. To correct this you can add at least 1/3 to 2 stops more depending upon light, shoot in manual mode, adjust exposure/brightness in camera, or during post processing.

If you’re going to go out and brave the cold, check your camera settings before you go outside. Bright snow reflects light, try not to overexpose which will results in loss of details.

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Tips for Winter Bird Photography

Attract Wildlife

Photographing birds in the winter time can be easy and fun. Here are some helpful tips for winter bird photography. First, bring the birds to you. Each year I decorate our front porch with pine garland, berries, pine cones, and perches for the birds. I hang a window feeder, fill it with black oil sunflower, and wait for the birds to come.

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Be Patient

To photograph birds through a window you need to put your lens as close and flat as possible to the glass, in order to avoid reflection. Notice which direction the light is coming from and try to use it to your advantage. Be patient, the birds can see your movements. They may get startled and fly away at first.

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Get Creative

Over time they’ll get used to your presence and pose for you. Get creative with decorations and perches. You can sprinkle some bird seed inside bird houses or decorative containers, enticing the birds to land where you want to photograph them.

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Use Caution

Be aware that anytime you feed the birds you may also be attracting unwanted guests such as raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, and mice.

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There are lots of ways to make photography work for you in winter without shivering to the bone. Enjoy nature, be creative, and have fun!

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Beautiful Bridges Of Binghamton New York

The Bridge Walk

I never know what I’ll photograph when I wake up in the morning, I follow my heart and whatever mood strikes me. On one of the last hot days in fall, I decided to photograph some of the numerous bridges in my hometown of Binghamton New York.

I began at the location of the old Rock Bottom bridge which isn’t there anymore, and enjoyed a nice long walk from the south side of Binghamton all the way to downtown.

The city of Binghamton is located where two rivers meet in the middle of a long narrow valley. The north branch of the Susquehanna river runs through downtown. From downtown the Chenango river feeds into the Susquehanna river, and eleven bridges cross the rivers within our city.

Here’s a beautiful view of the Exchange St. Bridge and Rock Bottom dam with colorful fall foliage along the Susquehanna river.

Exchange St Bridge Rock Bottom Dam Binghamton NY
‘Exchange St. Bridge Rock Bottom Dam Binghamton NY’

This is the State St. Bridge which crosses over the Susquehanna river and enters the city from the south side of town.

Bridge To The City Binghamton New York
‘Bridge To The City Binghamton New York’

Here’s a scenic view of the South Washington St. Bridge with fall foliage along the Susquehanna river in downtown Binghamton, New York.

Binghamton NY South Washington St Bridge
‘Binghamton NY South Washington St Bridge’

The South Washington Street Bridge is a historic lenticular truss bridge. Constructed in 1866, this bridge connects the Binghamton’s south side to downtown. The bridge was closed to vehicle traffic in 1969, but remains open to pedestrians.

Historic South Washington St Bridge Binghamton NY
‘Historic South Washington St. Bridge Binghamton NY’

Colorful autumn reflection on the Susquehanna river near the Memorial St. Bridge which connects downtown to the west side of Binghamton.

Memorial St Bridge Binghamton NY
‘Memorial St. Bridge Binghamton NY’

Confluence Park is located in downtown Binghamton New York at the South Washington St. Bridge, where the Susquehanna and Chenango rivers meet. This scenic walkway will lead you through the city, east along the Chenango River.

Confluence Park Binghamton NY River Trail
‘Confluence Park Binghamton NY River Trail’

Finally, a scenic view of fall colors on the hillside at Prospect Mountain with the Court St. Bridge and Chenango river from downtown Binghamton New York.

Clinton St Bridge Prospect Mountain Binghamton NY
‘Clinton St. Bridge Prospect Mountain Binghamton NY’

I hope you enjoyed your walk with me through my hometown!

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Northern Cardinal Facts

The male Northern Cardinal is always the first bird to visit our feeder in the morning and the last bird to visit at night.

The Northern Cardinal is a medium sized North American songbird, common to backyard feeders. The male Cardinal is one of the most beautiful year-round birds we have in the Northeastern United States. He is especially charming with his bright red feathers, black face mask, and distinct crest on top of his head. Cardinal pairs mate for life and stay together all year. During courtship, males can be observed feeding seeds to their mate.

Here’s a beautiful male Northern Cardinal with bright red feathers sitting in snow covered pines. The male’s bright red plumage against a dismal gray or white landscape makes them a favorite species of winter birds.

Red Cardinal Art Prints for SaleMale Northern Cardinal, ‘Red Cardinal’

The female Cardinal is equally charming with an orange crest on top of her head, but her color is a dull buff brown. This female is the center of attention perched on a pine branch against a beige background.

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Northern Cardinals can be found in brushy areas, thickets, woodland edges, and suburban yards throughout the eastern United States. Their range has been expanding north for decades as a result of backyard bird feeders, which makes it possible for these beautiful birds to endure our harsh northern winter.  Males are territorial and mark their territory with song. Nests are built in dense shrubs or small trees between 1 and 15 feet above ground. They are made from twigs, bark strips, vines, leaves, rootlets, and paper lined with grass and hair.

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The Northern Cardinal is the state bird, of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia in the US.

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