American Goldfinch 2009 at Troy Meadows in Parsippany NJ Taken about 11 years ago this was an unusual photo opportunity as the finch was so preoccupied with thistle seeds I was able to walk as close as I’d like for photographs. It’s not often we can walk up to birds at point blank range to snap pictures.
This shot was taken recently at roadside along Route 94 and taken with my car window rolled down. I did a doubletake after driving passed a small patch of trees between 2 homes in Sussex County. Luckily I was able to turn my car around and get in position for a few shots of this Red-shouldered as it scanned for rodent prey.
After meeting with fellow Morris County birdwatchers at Empire Diner, myself, Jeff Scheidecker, and Douglas Vorolieff made way for Boonton Township. We began our bird tally at Kincaid Woods, stopped at the Rockaway Valley Aerodrome Fields, and then concluded at the Pyramid Mountain Visitor Center.
We enjoyed a bright sunny morning, crossed paths with hiking acquaintenances, and I made a few business contacts. Nice start to the holiday season!