March 23, 2017

Chickadee

Not a large selection of birds this time of year, so I take what I can get.
This chickadee was good enough to pose for me.

Poecile atricapillus

According to Cornell Lab of Ornithology, every autumn Black-capped Chickadees allow brain neurons containing old information to die, replacing them with new neurons so they can adapt to changes in their social flocks and environment even with their tiny brains.
Not sure how they figured that out.

March 22, 2017

Childrens games.

Did you ever play goose,goose,duck, when you were a kid?
This is goose,goose,swan.

Tundra swan,snow goose,Canada goose.

March 20, 2017

An audible evening.

Anne and I went for a walk this evening to listen for woodcock.

Not only did we hear woodcock we also had, robins,cardinals,wild turkeys,tundra swans, Canadian geese and coyotes joining in the evening song.
A bonus was a great horned owl flying by.

We did see woodcock doing their display flights.

This is an older photo as there was no opportunity to get a shot this evening.

Welcome back Spring.

Scolopax minor
Wouldn’t it be useful to have eyes in the back of your head? American Woodcocks come close—their large eyes are positioned high and near the back of their skull. This arrangement lets them keep watch for danger in the sky while they have their heads down probing in the soil for food.

March 16, 2017

Tundra swans, Rondeau Provincial Park, March 16, 2017


I came across a flock of over 1,000 tundra swans today just outside of Rondeau Provincial Park.
They were flying over the road making a cacophony of sound.

Many were flying low and just clearing a cedar hedge row. These are not cropped.
One still had dirt on its face from foraging in the corn stubble.


Cygnus columbianus
Based on banding records, the oldest known Tundra Swan was a female and at least 23 years, 7 months old when she was identified by her band in the wild, in Ohio. She had been banded in the same state.

March 14, 2017

Metallic green Tanager.

Yet another tanager from Ecuador.

Tangara labradorides
Their diet consists almost entirely of arthropods and fruits. Metallic-green Tanagers are usually found in pairs or small groups and often join flocks consisting of multiple tanager