Birds

Rarely Seen

Silver Morph Eastern Gray Squirrel

The habitat that I’ve created in my garden with food, water and shelter has become a safe haven for wildlife. This autumn a few rare visitors have come through that was least expected.

Fortunate to be able to come and go throughout the day while I work I constantly keep an eye out to see what I might find. Many times these visitors are there just briefly and it is sheer luck that I happen to be there looking when they appear. It helps that I always keep a camera at the ready which is usually the Olympus OMD EM1 Mark II with the 300mm f/4 prime lens. With a 600mm DSLR equivalent it’s fast, quick, light and with great reach.

The silver morph Eastern Gray squirrel alas didn’t move into the garden as I think the regular squirrels didn’t like this unusual interloper. Along with him in the early autumn was a beautiful Canada warbler that stopped for a quick drink of water.

Canada Warbler

Evidently this winter the Boreal forest in northern Canada has less forage for many finch type birds so Maryland is seeing birds that we don’t usually see. Along with these rarities include Purple Finches.

Then plenty of Pine Siskins came in along with lots of Goldfinches that ate me out of house and home of hulled sunflower seeds

Pine Siskins

While I sat and watched the Siskins dining and hoping they would land on something other than a bird feeder for just a moment a White-crowned sparrow popped in.

White crowned sparrow

It’s been a wonderful autumn so far for these little tweeties and I’m looking forward to having some time to get out and enjoy even more.

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    • I’ve only seen one other silver morph in Ephrata, PA Eliza so it was quite the rare sighting. Oh how I wished he had stayed. I tried to lure him with peanuts with no success. It’s been a great year in the garden. Probably the best I’ve yet to have. Thank you.

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