Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pope Farm Park Digiscoping

Chipping Sparrow

I hadn't even heard of Pope Farm Park just a few weeks ago, but it's already turning out to be a favorite spot for digiscoping birds and other critters. A stone wall interspersed with wooden stumps that runs north to south helps to make it productive under both morning and evening light. The wall attracts an assortment of insects, so birds are naturally inclined to keep a watchful eye from nearby perches, ready to swoop to the rocks and catch a meal. I haven't come anywhere close to exhausting the potential opportunities and suspect it will become even better as fall songbird migration reaches its apex. Given its proximity to the prairie, gardens, and agricultural fields, it's bound to be a terrific location for sparrows in September and October.

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Thirteen-lined ground squirrel

Thirteen-lined ground squirrel

Cooper's Hawk

© 2009 Mike McDowell

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