Adirondack weather is delightful — one minute it’s bright sunshine, the next a storm threatens, then a ray of sunshine bursting through the clouds. The sheer unpredictability makes life up here interesting, to say the least, and requires careful planning for any days spent outdoors, especially on the water.
The Belted Kingfisher is a very nervous bird that flits along the banks of lakes and rivers, perched on branches where it can scan the water for minnows and waterbugs, then quickly darting away with its catch.
Now, for sheer weird fascination, nothing quite compares to the behaviors of the great blue heron. This big bird is on waterways all over the world. Elegant, mysterious, imperious and flighty, the bird can strike countless poses as it grooms, fishes and generally casts a jaded yellow eye on human observers.
I caught this great bird perched on a rock at the Raquette Flow near Piercefield Dam:
Identifying birds is an interesting pastime — I think this one is what’s called a Brewer’s Blackbird, notable for the yellow eyes and blue sheen on the head.
The Blackpoll Warbler is abundant in northern forests.
It’s high season for the Ruby-throated Hummingbird!
Stay tuned for the next installment of the Adirondack Chronicles….