If I have some time to spare I like to take back roads from place to place. Not only does this allow me to explore areas I might otherwise not visit, but it also often rewards me with sightings and photographic opportunities I would never have had otherwise. So enjoy these shots, all taken from within ten feet of a road in the last week, and the last actually taken from behind the wheel.

feelin' froggy?

Great Blue Heron

Kingbird hover

Eastern Kingbird


Common Merganser and young

No, my name isn't Bambi!

White-tailed Deer fawn

So slow down, get off the highways, and see what there is to see. It might take you an extra ten minutes or so to get wherever it is you’re going but watching a fawn running along the side of the road, all knees and elbows, is certainly worth it. As is watching an Eastern Kingbird hunting for bugs, or merganserlings all bunched together under mom’s watchful eyes, or a Great Blue Heron looking to breakfast on frogs.

See you by the side of the road!

Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.