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About the author jmankowsky

This photo blog features the seasonal changes in nature observed in my own backyard and a variety of local environments. The Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary in Princeton, MA is often highlighted as a model for the positive effects a small nature preserve can have on the larger environment and the local community. Local sites of historical, cultural and recreational interest are spotlighted as well. All photographs were taken by me. Thank you so much for visiting.

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  1. Yay, they are back! Great shots, Julie! I love their yellow bellies. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thanks! Now I am waiting for Great Blue Herons….;-)

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  2. Beautiful birds and photography!

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  3. Wow! Wonderful monochrome photos! Thanks for share Julie.

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    1. Happy Friday, Elvira!

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      1. Thank’s Julie, happy Friday too!

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  4. I saw my first one just the other day, too. Yay!

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  5. H.J. for avian101 March 24, 2022 at 9:41 PM

    I hope I see one soon! They come to my backyard not every year. Nice captures, Julie. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks, H.J. Most years, we have a nest under our shed roof. Really fun to see the little babies peeking out!

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  6. Beautiful photos, Julie, I really like their color scheme. Eastern Phoebes are considered rare here, but we usually get to see a few each year, so I’m hoping for a sighting.

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    1. A phoebe yesterday, and a painted turtle today—ah, Spring!
      πŸ˜‰

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  7. Wonderful shots of a dear bird. I have never actually seen one so close-up. I love hearing their calls.

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    1. Thanks, Laurie. I love watching them buzzing over the pond!

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  8. A fine set

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  9. Anonymous is Derrick

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  10. It’s beautiful! I love your images of it. We have the Western out here. I’m hoping to see it soon!

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    1. I looked up the Western Phoebe. Would that be the sweet black one?
      -Julie

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      1. I was thinking Western Kingbird which I saw on my walk today, but wrote Phoebe. Sorry!! Look at the western kingbird they’re similar.πŸ˜€

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  11. I love these little guys. So cute

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    1. They are spunky, I think!

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      1. Yes, and it seems to me difficult to photograph, so kudos to you.

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  12. Interesting photos. I don’t recall ever seeing a phoebe!

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    1. They sit very still, then suddenly zip off to catch bugs. Fun to watch!

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