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forestgnome
07-08-2008, 08:47 PM
young bull on the Kancamagus at sunrise...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/capsridge-8.jpg





comerant(?) on Saco Lake...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/capsridge-5.jpg




butterflies and orange hawkweed up in Jefferson Notch...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/ca.jpg




Bicknell's Thrush on Caps Ridge Trail...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/capsridge-4.jpg




First Cap on CRT...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/capsridge-3.jpg




rare mountain heath...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/capsridge.jpg




mama moose at sunset...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/capsridge099.jpg




her yearling female calf...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/capsridge011.jpg




happy trails :)

JimS
07-11-2008, 07:51 AM
That butterfly shot is really sharp, but the most impressive one you got there is the Bicknell's Thrush.

For those not familiar with the bird, it is a threatened species of songbird that nests only on the slopes of high elevation mountains in NY, NH, VT, ME and Canada. It is a rare site, and a tough capture...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicknell%27s_thrush

Tim&Val
07-11-2008, 07:26 PM
Wow! Beautiful as always! Just for my own birding education, how can you tell it's a Bicknell's Thrush? Many of the Thrushes look the same to me, especially when we're in the woods. We can usually say "Oh, there's a Thrush!" but no closer than that on the ID. :confused:

And does he have a big bug in his beak????

Valerie

Tim&Val
07-11-2008, 07:32 PM
I think that your butterfly is an Atlantis Fritillary. In my "Butterflies of New England" book, it even names Orange and Yellow Hawkweed in the list of flowers that it uses for food.

V

Steve M
07-12-2008, 08:41 AM
The butterfly is awesome but I always enjoy your pics of the moose and how close you get to them.

KD Talbot
07-12-2008, 05:05 PM
Outstanding as always, FG. As I mentioned before, too bad we missed each other up there!

For those interested in the Bicknell's Thrush here is another link which should help identify them. FG was on a count earlier this spring. When it comes around again next spring I'll make sure something gets posted on this forum.

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Bicknells_Thrush_dtl.html#sound

KDT

forestgnome
07-23-2008, 08:54 PM
Valerie, sorry, I just noticed your question about what is in the thrush's beak. It was grass or twigs of some sort.

happy trails :)

Brad
07-23-2008, 09:35 PM
Valerie, sorry, I just noticed your question about what is in the thrush's beak. It was grass or twigs of some sort.

happy trails :)
See? He is bribing the animals again.