Friday, April 23, 2010
#38: April 23, 2010; House Finch; Queen at Lyon, Ottawa
Sunday, April 18, 2010
#36: White-throated Sparrow; April 18, 2010; Hilda Road Feeder, Shirley's Bay area
Now I'm sure that I'm not the first person to make this observation, but who on Earth named this bird? Sure, technically speaking it does have a white throat. But HOW COULD YOU MISS the yellow eyebrows? Would it not make a heck of a lot more sense to call this "Yellow-browed Sparrow" or something? Way to confuse everybody!
Anyways, nice to finally see "Awesome Bird."
#37: American Tree Sparrow; April 18, 2010; Hilda Road Feeder, Shirley's Bay area
This guy is not nearly as fat as the ones in the pictures in guidebooks are but still cute. This was my first time visiting this feeder and someone else there said it's very good year-round (plus, it's nice and close to home...handy!). At first I was seeing a lot of the usuals, but the longer I sat there (or crouched rather; I'll take a chair next time!), the more kinds of birds eventually I showed. I also got a really great shot of a Hairy (full frame so I didn't even have to crop it...sweet!).
Monday, April 12, 2010
So this week I am duck hunting. I heard these guys were in the area...and turns out they weren't hard to find! There were at least 8 at Strathcona Park and more at Billings Bridge. OK, definitely my favourite duck. They are GORGEOUS. Oh yeah, and they squeal! It's too cute!
Was kind of funny to be back at Strathcona now that I don't live in Sandy Hill anymore. But it's still a sweet spot, and great for birding! (Also saw lots of geese, gulls, a cormorant, goldeneyes, red-winged blackbirds, pigeons, mallards....and this classic shot)
#35: Wood Duck; April 12, 2010; Stratchcona Park, Ottawa
Thursday, April 8, 2010
#33: Eastern Phoebe; April 5, 2010; near Godfrey, ON
They were making a really cool sound (that I haven't been able to find on the Internet) that's hard to describe, and they dip their tails all the time. This is a totally new bird to me!
#34: Ruffed Grouse; April 2, 2010; On the back roads between Westport and Godfrey?
Saw another one of these on the way home contentedly eating berries while sitting in a tree. That was the first time I had seen one not just walking across the road!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
29: Snowy Owl; April 5, 2010; Amherst Island
Ok, the snowy is maybe my favourite. It is so big and beautiful. As I approached I could totally feel myself being watched. Normally we are the ones doing the watching, but sometimes there are these moments when you are watching a bird and and you know that they are watching you back...and it's kind of profound, you know? I was the only one in the field with this owl and I felt like he was permitting me to be in his presence. So yeah....it was pretty amazing.
30: Red-tailed hawk, April 2, 2010; Amherst Island
Matt seems to have mastered the hawk picture taking...so the camera goes to him whenever hawks are around. All other times we argue about who gets to the use the camera! Anyways, props are due to him for this sick, sick picture.
This hawk was flying really high up. Hawks are so hard for me to identify, although I think I'm getting a little better. I'm 90% sure it's right, but if I got this ID wrong....please tell me!
These guys are so awesome. They are tiny hawks. They're so small that if you didn't look at them you would think they were blackbirds sitting on telephone wires. But they aren't, and they do all things exactly like hawks, hovering over fields and the like. Since I saw my first one and realized what it was, I started seeing them everywhere. You can tell them by the black bands on their eyes. I'm beginning to think I was one of the most non-observant people out there! But there are little wonders everywhere.
I also saw what I thought were Northern flickers but didn't get a decent shot. Sneaky buggers.
Stay tuned...I still have more birds to cover from the weekend.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
26: Killdeer; April 5, 2010; Amherst Island (south shore)
These are awesome birds. I have seen a million of them in all the time I have spent on the island but had no idea what they were (actually, looking through my bird book I was really hoping I would see one, and I just realized this weekend that I've been seeing them for years). You can walk for half an hour along South Shore Road and they will go with you the whole way, but just 10 feet ahead of you. They run along on their skinny long legs and they are hilarious!
The edge of the KFN property on Amherst Island was TEEMING with tree swallows. I think they are pretty cool. This guy looks like he has a long jacket, and he's saying "WHAT R U LOOKING AT???"
27: Tree Swallow; April 2, 2010; Amherst Island
P.S. I took another pic of this guy here and absolutely love it! But I used this one on here since he's easier to identify.
28: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker; April 2, 2010; Amherst Island
If I hadn't looked closer, I would have assumed this was Hairy or Downy. Surprise....nope!
Monday, April 5, 2010
These ones I saw on the road on the way to Kingston for Easter.
I finally got a picture of a silly starling who was inside a traffic light pole (this one's for you Ron!) For those of you new birders, starlings actually have very pretty iridescent patterns.
ID#23: European Starling; April 2, 2010; Katimavik Road, Kanata
On the way to Kingston, there were 2 swans that seem to have decided to nest in someone's backyard pond. How crazy would that be if a pair of swans showed up in your yard and decided to move in?
ID#24: Mute Swan; April 2, 2010; between Westport and Godfrey
ID#25: Eastern Bluebird; April 5, 2010; near Westport