Leavin’ on a jet plane (not).

Just because a birder goes to the airport, it doesn’t follow that she’s hopping a flight to some exotic bird-filled destination. The airport itself can be the goal.

Grassland species like this Savannah Sparrow love the short mowed fields at Albany International Airport. (International, by virtue of a once-weekly flight to Montreal.)

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This Grasshopper Sparrow liked the area so much he had to sing about it.

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Pk-tk-bzzzzzzzzz!

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At Saratoga County Airport I watched a few Horned Larks. I think this was a juvie — it begged for attention from a male who steadfastly ignored it.

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Birds and planes weren’t the only winged things worth watching. This Black Swallowtail cruised the clover.

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Of course, whenever I think of birding at the airport I remember our phenomenal Snowy Owl sightings this winter. This may be my favorite photo ever.

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Airports: not just for TSA harassment!

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Categories: Bird photos, Field trip, insects | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments

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3 thoughts on “Leavin’ on a jet plane (not).

  1. Jeannie

    I LOVE YOUR PICTURES!!

  2. Betty frezon

    Love the pictures. So happy you get to see all these birds.

  3. Look at the proboscis on that swallowtail!

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