A Carolina Wren on a Cloudy Day

Tuesday, December 1, 2020,

This is a Carolina Wren that I chanced upon at Morton Refuge. It was a very overcast day and a rainfall was a real possibility. In fact, I had been hustling to make it back to my truck in order to evade the oncoming storm when I heard this little guy chattering away. I really like Carolina Wrens but I don’t get many opportunities to photograph them. It’s not that they are particularly rare, but they don’t sit still for long. I suspect they drink a lot of coffee. So when I spotted this guy, I did not have any high hopes but, look, you always have to try. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. And despite the lousy lighting, I did manage to capture these shots before the rain began. I hope you like them. JK.



A Red-bellied Woodpecker

Monday, November 30, 2020,

This is a male Red-bellied Woodpecker that I encountered at Morton Refuge in Sag Harbor. One of the ways to discern a male Red-belly from a female is where the red atop their head begins. As you can see in these photos, the red on a male starts at the bill, whereas in a female, the red doesn’t begin till after the eyeball. JK.