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Will post pics in morning

So both my camera and video camera had no battery left, so had to recharge.  It's bad because the snow is level with our living room window and the suet feeder and hanging feeder.  So the Junco's , Am Tree Sparrows, Purple Finch, Ev. Grosbeaks, and Northern Cardinals were at eye level to our window.   I'm hoping to get pics first thing in the morning to post, tried to get down to the Blind but the wind swept me back, therefore we stocked up the feeders around the house and happy the…

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Added by Paul & Kitty Martin on February 13, 2017 at 8:13pm — 3 Comments

Hampton Nature Club - March 7th Meeting - Owls of New Brunswick - Guest Speaker Todd Watts

Hampton Nature Club

Meets 1st Tues of the Month

St Paul's Anglican Church

486 Kennebecasis River Rd, Hampton, NB E5N 6L2

7pm - 9pm

We are really pleased to introduce and welcome Todd Watts as our March Guest Speaker on the Topic of Owls of New Brunswick.   Todd is the Founder, Counter and Co-Ordinator of the Greenlaw Mountain Hawk Watch, an Observer for the Point Lepreau Bird Observatory, Environmental Consultant…

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Added by Paul & Kitty Martin on February 12, 2017 at 10:02am — No Comments

The Blind at Bloomfield Ridge -Jan. 2017 bird list

1] Black-Cap Chickadee

2] Red-Breasted Nuthatch

3] Dark-Eyed Junco

4] American Tree Sparrow

5] Bluejay

6] American Gold Finch

7] Purple Finch

8] Evening Grosbeak

9] Pine Siskin

10] Raven

11] American Crow

12] Mourning Dove

13] European Starling

14] Hairy Woodpecker

15] Downy Woodpecker

16] Pileated Woodpecker

17] Red-Tailed Hawk

18]Sharp-Shin Hawk

19] Bohemian…

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Added by Paul & Kitty Martin on February 5, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Hampton Nature Club

So I said to Kitt, why isn't there a naturalist club in Hampton?  I mean it's a great spot for seeing all kinds of nature, there are tons of people here who enjoy getting out, maybe we should see about starting up a club?

That was last summer, and here we are today, and I'm excited, because on Tues we are going to have our first meeting and I'm hoping it will grow into something beautiful.

For our first meeting we don't actually have a guest speaker, it's really…

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Added by Paul & Kitty Martin on February 5, 2017 at 12:30am — 7 Comments

The Blind at Bloomfield Ridge - Personalities or Characteristics

The Northern Cardinal - who can not like this sketchy bird, angry bird, pretty bird, beautiful bird, shy bird.

When I was…

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Added by Paul & Kitty Martin on January 21, 2017 at 5:23pm — No Comments

The Blind at Bloomfield Ridge - Personalities or Characteristics

When you sit and watch the birds for 1 to 4 hours, you tend to pick certain species and watch their interactions with others and the…

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Added by Paul & Kitty Martin on January 20, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Blind at Bloomfield Ridge -I love snow we got more of it and the contrast to the birds is awesome

Really if you are going to have winter then you must have snow!!…

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Added by Paul & Kitty Martin on January 10, 2017 at 12:58am — 1 Comment

The Blind at Bloomfield Ridge -December 2016 Monthly Bird List

1] Black Cap Chickadee

2] Mourning Dove

3] European Starling

4] Blue Jay

5] Evening Grosbeak

6] American Gold Finch

7] Pine Siskin

8] Raven

9] American Tree Sparrow

10] American Robin

11] Dark-Eyed Junco

12] Purple Finch

13] Hairy Woodpecker

14] Golden-Crowned Kinglet

15] Red-Breasted Nuthatch

16] Northern Cardinal

17] Pileated Woodpecker

18]American Crow

19]…

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Added by Paul & Kitty Martin on January 2, 2017 at 10:42am — No Comments

The Blind at Bloomfield Ridge - Renovation

Well after having the Blind for little over a month, and having extremely cold weather , I found the floor was creaking really bad , especially on cold days.   So I took up the floor and went back to having a dirt floor, much quieter which in turn means the birds are more relaxed and come really close to the blind when I'm in it staying soundless.

 I have a new species to add to the list , no pics yet, I actually scared it up first thing this morning.

If you…

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Added by Paul & Kitty Martin on December 21, 2016 at 11:28am — No Comments

The Blind at Bloomfield Ridge -the day after the day it was cold enough to stick to metal....

So this morning I took feed down to the lower feeders where the blind is, and it was some busy.  Our feeders by the house are active with finches, cardinals, ev. grosbeaks, bluejays, am tree sparrows and one or two starlings but the blind feeders have all of those plus downy and hairy wp, plus Pileated are close by pecking at the poplars.  Also an abundance of mourning doves and the numbers of am tree sparrows are up at the blind feeders (10) compared to (4) before the cold spell.…

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Added by Paul & Kitty Martin on December 17, 2016 at 10:33am — No Comments

The Blind at Bloomfield Ridge -over filled feeders for poor birds

Okay, it's nasty out!!!   So when I went down to put feed in the feeders, the birds were hugging the ground, sitting in feeders, and even in the blind.  So I opened the view ports to give them easier access, today the Blind is a shelter for the birds and beasts.  

I will stay indoors today, watch from the windows.

Stay warm, stay safe 

Added by Paul & Kitty Martin on December 16, 2016 at 7:52am — No Comments

The Blind at Bloomfield Ridge - We have an early Christmas Present

We have a camcorder, which i'm hoping to use to film wildlife, this could be fun, more to follow :)

Added by Paul & Kitty Martin on December 13, 2016 at 8:39pm — No Comments

The Blind at Bloomfield Ridge -I love snow

Well with the snow fall, brings life at the feeders.

I went down to clean off the feeders , add seed and look at the tracks, and within minutes of cleaning off the feeders I was given the gift of how persistence pays off.

 I didn't have my camera, going down later with it, but I had 3 cardinals, 2 male , one female, a tufted titmouse, a downy wp, 2 hairy wp, , 2 am tree sparrow, 6 jays, 10 eve grosbeaks, 7 purple finch , 3 Bc chick, Rb nuthatch, ton of gold finch and…

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Added by Paul & Kitty Martin on December 13, 2016 at 9:07am — 6 Comments

Toughest Little Bird

I've found that the Black Cap Chickadee is one of those little birds that you will find coming out to feed no matter what the weather, weather it's snow, wind, rain, heat, this little guy and his entourage of fellow BC's not only come out to feed but are found almost every where.   So today , as the…

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Added by Paul & Kitty Martin on December 12, 2016 at 7:38pm — No Comments

The coldest is right before the Dawn and hedge rows

Okay, so Kitt had to leave for work this morning, so I started the morning by following a Biblical Demand via the Book of Hebrews.....I made my wife coffee, hence he brews.

Then I got the van started and warmed up, enjoyed my java with my wife , after she left 6:45am, I got out the bird seed, went and filled the feeders , brrrrrrr..... 

The morning twilight was quite breath taking so I decided I would stand out in the field and watch the…

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Added by Paul & Kitty Martin on December 11, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Blind at Bloomfield Ridge -Todays birds

Okay, so I will not lie.....it was cold out today, I still have a chill, but I believe if you build it they will come and it's important to keep a record.  I'm off for the winter, so it's a good record to keep by being out every day in the blind for at least a couple of hours.    Today it was 2 hours, did I mention it seemed cold.....really it isn't overly cold but our bodies are not used to the cold weather yet, so it feels really brrrrrrr (or since I just turned 50, I'm getting old and…

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Added by Paul & Kitty Martin on December 9, 2016 at 6:34pm — No Comments

The Blind at Bloomfield Ridge -I love snow

    I enjoy getting out and observing nature year round, and before I go further let's talk about the difference of viewing vrs observing.   In my mind (scary.....) when your out birding and you see birds as you drive along a stretch of road, (ie Hawk Alley Jemseg) you take note of the birds, wildlife and landscape you see and then you move along to the next stop on the road.   To me this is viewing, but Observing takes it to a whole different level, it's not just seeing the bird, but taking…

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Added by Paul & Kitty Martin on December 9, 2016 at 10:49am — 1 Comment

The Blind at Bloomfield Ridge - Those moments when you wish you had a camera

Okay, now I'm on a limited budget, so I can't just go out and buy the toys I want, and so there are times when I just have to take in all in with my eyes and picture in my minds eye.

This morning was one of those moments, my wish list for toys at that moment was a go pro head cam, since moving my hands wouldn't have been good.   I was on my way down to put feed in the feeders at the blind and I spotted 2 Pileated Woodpeckers on a Poplar tree, so I stopped and watched them for abit,…

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Added by Paul & Kitty Martin on December 7, 2016 at 9:06am — No Comments

New Bird to the Blind on Bloomfield Ridge

Well they aren't the greatest pics, but it's hard to get a good pic of this guy in the best of weather, and it's snowing/freezing rain so....    I'm just happy that it's hanging around the blind area.…

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Added by Paul & Kitty Martin on December 3, 2016 at 10:51am — 6 Comments

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