Nature Photos by Joyce Riedinger

ARCHIVED COMMENTS - chronologically for month of May 2023 with links to photos.

4 May 2023
Have been picking up through Merlin the call of the Eastern Phoebe, and on this beautiful Spring day, this one landed along edge of our back field, in a perfect spot for me to capture.
Photo 1 - Eastern Phoebe


7 May 2023
We drove over to Fort Hunter today to see what progress has been made on the Schoharie Crossing Aqueduct Project. The Aqueduct was built over 180 years ago to carry the enlarged Erie Canal over the Schoharie Creek. During this past winter, major work of stabilization was started and will continue, along with much more work, including interpretive signage to welcome visitors to this historic site. We walked the trail near the Visitor's Center and were lucky to find this Kingbird flitting back and forth.
Photo 1 - Kingbird


13 May 2023
Photo 1 - Aqueduct at Fort Hunter
Photo 2 - Sign on acqueduct - DANGER No climbing
Photo 3 - Path for the mules/horses on the left and on the right the Framework that carried the canal waters with boats across Schoharie Creek until 1916
Photo 4 - Aqueduct - looking west across the Schoharie Creek
Photo 5 - Another view of the Aqueduct looking west
Photo 6 - Large tree on the bird trail (Kingbird shot on this trail on the 7th)


20 May 2023
Following is a list of birds heard at our home by Merlin as we were doing yard work today:
Blue Jay
Yellow Warbler
Song Sparrow
Pileated Woodpecker
American Goldfinch
Tufted Titmouse
Common Yellow Throat
House Wren
Warbling Vireo
Northern Cardinal
Black-capped Chickadee
American Robin
Red-winged Blackbird
Baltimore Oriole
Chipping Sparrow


21 May 2023
Following is a list of birds heard at our home by Merlin as I walked around the yard.:
Northern Cardinal
Warbling Vireo
Chipping Sparrow
American Robin
Tufted Titmouse
Yellow Warbler
Red-winged Blackbird
American Goldfinch
House Finch
Song Sparrow
Baltimore Oriole
Gray Catbird
Chimney Swift
House Wren
Swamp Sparrow
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blue Jay
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Flicker


24 May 2023
Ran to Amsterdam today to pick up a few things and from there drove on to Schoharie Crossing. Temperature was moderate with a slight breeze and sky a muted white from the Canadian wildfires. We enjoyed our picnic lunch of roast beef in a spinach wrap along with some norwegian gingersnaps, a treat from our friend Gail.
Photo 1 - Outstanding view along the Schoharie Creek


25 May 2023
A few years ago I discovered in our back field a beautiful purple columbine. Each year, I would collect the seeds and scatter them around the edges of our lawn. Our lawn sort of got out of control, and for the past couple of years I've been unable to locate this wildflower. However, two days ago, I found a striking one amidst the weeds. On the Internet, I found that these plants are native to Europe, have escaped gardens and have naturalized in parts of North America. They are 'Aquilegia Vulgaris', known as Columbine.
Photo 1 - Purple Columbine


29 May 2023
After a day of running around taking care of various errands, we sat in our lawn chairs enjoying the sunshine and end of day. Birds recorded today that had not been heard the past few days were the Tree Swallow, Eastern Bluebird, European Starling and the Red-eyed Viero. Photographed was the Song-sparrow who landed in the birch tree near us.
Photo 1 - Song Sparrow


31 May 2023
Mostly yard work again today. Did pick up three additional birds thru Merlin. The House Sparrow, Cedar Waxwing and Veery. Unfortunately with the back field grown up, it is almost impossible to see them in the trees or catch site of them as they fly across the lawn.