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48 Reflections from Our

Seasons Past with illustrations

by Jan Mars

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This Week's Photos..

A band of five Tom turkeys has appeared regularly in our woods this winter. At the moment, they show no interest in a flock of hens we also see. That will change in a month or so.

The coldest days of January are often the clearest. That's the case here at sunset on a beaver pond I know well. Looks like a Cottontail has been hopping about on top as the beavers snooze below.

It's high and lonesome on the rural hills where I live, especially in winter. But the hope, as I scan these bare fields, is I might spy a flock of Snow Buntings gleaning them for waste grain.

Male House Finches at the feeder today. They are a lighter shade of orange than the more raspberry-hued male Purple Finches we also see here in winter.

At 42 degrees north latitude, this is as high as the sun climbs as winter approaches the half-way mark.

1/16/21 - It was a stand-off when this White-tail doe and I crossed paths. She's about to stamp her foot, snort and take off through the woods.

1/15/21 - I took this photo yesterday, actually, with the sun setting at 4:58 p.m. It's amazing I could see the sun, given the dominance of cloudy skies skies we've experienced in central New York State of late. here. Here, dying sunlight gilds the needles of several lovely White Pines.

1/14/21 - Look who showed up at the suet feeder during a light snowfall this morning: a female Pileated Woodpecker. I can tell her from a male by two field marks. First, her crest is not totally red. A male's continues right to the base of the bill. Secondly, this female does not have the tell-tale red mustache on the side of the face that males feature.

Read my recent essay on Red-tailed Hawks by clicking on "Writing" at left.
View"Thoughts on Pelicans" with photos, by clicking "Bonus Content" at left

View my log of January nature sightings by clicking "Diary" at left.
Favorite recent photos....

Male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a rare winter visitor to my upstate New York suet feeder. Only males have red on the throat.

Chickadee crashes Downy Woodpecker feeder fest. 

Mourning Doves the day of a big snow

A rare King Eider female appeared on a local lake in late fall. Number 453 on my life list of North American birds observed. Number 2,253 on my list of birds worldwide.

Common Goldeneyes ride choppy waves off the coast of CT.  

Gray Squirrel tracks, with a deer trail on the left.

Photos by Rick Marsi
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New Brown Pelican and Willet photos added to "California Birds" - (1/16/2015)

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