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For the past three decades, Rick Marsi's name has become synonymous with excellence in the following fields:


  • Visually stunning slide programs on nature and travel
  • Guided nature walks that educate and inspire
  • Professionally escorted nature tours in the USA and beyond


Purchase Rick's books and photos, hire him as a speaker for your next meeting or special event, or engage him to lead you on a guided nature walk.

Available for sale here now...

Rick's new book of nature

essays, "Log Cabin Year",

48 Reflections from Our

Seasons Past with illustrations

by Jan Mars

Price reduced to $19.95

Click on the book cover to view sample pages


Read my RECENT ESSAY "Grandpa's Bear Stories" by clicking on "Writing" at left.
----------------------------------------------------------View new HUMMINGBIRD PHOTOS by clicking "Bonus Content" at left.
View my log of October NATURE SIGHTINGS by clicking "Diary" at left.
Read about my newest slide program, "For The Love Of Wetlands" Just click on "Slide Shows" at left. 
A Selection of Early Fall Photos Photos

This Northern Flicker stopped briefly during migration to scour my garden wall and lawn for ants  (a favorite food). Flickers are our only woodpeckers found commonly foraging on the ground.

Another migrant I've seen this fall has been the Yellow-rumped Warbler. You can't see the rump on this bird, but those yellow breast feathers also serve as good field marks.

A gorgeous Mourning Cloak butterfly appeared on your rock wall one recent warm afternoon. These insects are named for their funereal (in mourning) purplish color.

Often when I look up to see a soaring Turkey Vulture it appears to have no head between a V in its wings. That's a good field mark, but not in this case, when the bird in question seemed to be staring at me.

Canada Goldenrod now dominates the weedy meadows I frequent on my travels through the autumn landscape.

Goldenrod often is found growing alongside New England Aster. Their purple and gold make a striking color combination.

White-tail bucks already have removed the velvet from their antlers by rubbing them against saplings with smooth bark, such those of as Striped Maple.

Thorn Apples have ripened and migrating Robins will feast on them during their journeys south.

Coneflowers in my garden have gone to seed, and the neighborhood Goldfinches are taking advantage.

It's the right time of year to seek out Hen-of-the-Woods mushrooms at the base of old oak trees.

Bald Eagles migrate south early. September is the month when the most are sighted from hawk watch stations such as Franklin Mountain near Oneonta, NY.

Staghorn Sumac is one of the first - and brightest - colors of early autumn.

Shorebirds use September to make their way south from Arctic breeding grounds. I look for Least Sandpipers along muddy banks of rivers, streams and ponds.

Local roadsides in Central New York where I live are showing off the purples of New England Aster.

This Red-tailed Hawk soaring over my house is a resident I've been seeing all year. Migrants won't start flying by on Northwest winds until October.

Migrating Monarchs are on the move, sometimes traveling up to 60 miles a day under favorable conditions. On the way, they stop to sip nectar from a nmber of flowers, including this Leopard Plant (Ligularia dentata).

I set up a table on which I placed an old mossy log from our woods. Sprinkling sunflower seeds in front of it, I waited for takers to photograph. First on the scene was this Blue Jay.

Second to arrive, a juvenile Tufted Titmouse, still waiting to develop a crest.

Beware all you minnows, frogs and salamanders. This Green Heron means business.

Photos by Rick Marsi
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