In late April, we had the chance to travel in south central England (Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire). While most of the following birds are considered common in England, it was a pleasure to see these species of a different continent.
Bullfinches (female and male)
Wren (winter wren)
Tufted ducks (female and male)
Greater black-backed gull
Great spotted woodpecker
Having been in Europe for the first half of May, I missed much of the warbler migration. Stops at Thickson’s Woods (Whitby), Prince Edward Point Nature Refuge, Long Point and Mc Gregor Point however still proved to be eventful. The following pictures were taken this month from those locations. At long last I managed to see a golden-winged warbler, but unfortunately a photograph proved elusive as she hopped from branch to branch, behind branches in the foreground.
Black-throated green warbler, after banding at Long Point
Magnolia warbler (female)
Magnolia warbler (male)
American redstart (female or juvenile)
Chestnut-sided warbler (female)
Black-throaed green warbler
Black and white warbler
Couldn’t resist. From Perth County, ON taken March 3.
The Boundary Bay IBA and Reifel Bird Sanctuary (Ladner) are great places for bird watching, year round. They are particularly good for ducks and raptors, at this time of year. Without exaggeration, I easily saw more than 100 bald eagles a day, and more than 50 great blue herons a day. In addition, there were very large numbers of swans (tundra), back-crowned night herons, harriers, as well as some short-eared owls (Boundary Bay).
Wood duck (female)
Great blue heron
Wood duck (male)
Juvenile bald eagle
After many days of snow, followed by freezing rain, it was nice to drive out in the country today, in the sun! Managed as well to see four snowy owls, including a very white male! Still hoping to manage to photograph them in flight! (Wellington County, Ontario).
January is a great time for birding in Florida. The following pictures were taken at Merritt Island NWR, Ding Darling, NWR, St. Mark’s NWR, the Corkscrew Sanctuary, the Viera Wetlands and Marco Island.
Peregrine falcon attacking bald eagle
American white pelicansWhite ibis
(Little) Blue heron
Florida scrub jay
Juvenile red-shouldered hawk
Great crested flycatcher
Anhinga chicks with mother
Juvenile bald eagle
Black-crowned night heron
Winter months are an excellent time to see hawks in both Southern Ontario and Kentucky, where I spend most of the winter. Most of the North American hawks, tend to be short distance migrators (broad-winged travel further), and many species such as the red-tailed can be found year round. The rough-legged, seldom seen in the summer is prevalent in the winter. Today (in Kentucky) was a good day for Cooper’s hawks, red-tailed hawks, northern harriers and red-shouldered hawks.
Cooper’s hawk taken from front door of house