December 14, 2017

Pied-billed grebe, Erieau, Ontario, Dec 14, 2017

After the storm yesterday I took advantage of the clear but cold weather to do a little birding.
Not a lot around but I did find 4 pied billed grebes at the marina.
Podilymbus podiceps 
When in danger, Pied-billed Grebes sometimes make a dramatic “crash-dive” to get away. A crash-diving grebe pushes its body down with its wings thrust outward. Its tail and head disappears last, while the bird kicks water several feet into the air.
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December 12, 2017

Long eared owl, Rondeau Provincial Park, Dec 12, 2017.

Thanks to local birders Steve and Aaron Charbonneau for the heads up about this owl.
It moved trees when mobbed by blue jays but stayed in the immediate area.

Asio otus
The hoot of the male Long-eared Owl can sometimes be heard up to 1 kilometer (0.7 mi) away.
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December 11, 2017

Brown thrasher

Editing 100's of photos from the spring and summer.
This brown thrasher was a regular at the pond.

Toxostoma rufum
Both males and females help incubate the eggs and feed the young. Nestlings sometimes leave the nest fully feathered within nine days of hatching—earlier than either of their smaller relatives, the Northern Mockingbird and Gray Catbird. Shrubby habitats are popular hideouts for nest predators, which may explain why the thrashers fledge so quickly for birds of their size.

December 07, 2017

Cedar waxwing

When you are looking for a rarity keep your eyes open for other things.
Spotted cedar waxwings while chasing the Townsend's warbler.

Bombycilla cedrorum
Because they eat so much fruit, Cedar Waxwings occasionally become intoxicated or even die when they run across overripe berries that have started to ferment and produce alcohol.
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A summer reminder.

Ovenbird at Rondeau Provincial Park.

Usually down low skulking in the vegetation, this one popped up and into the open for a minute.

Seiurus aurocapilla
The Ovenbird gets its name from its covered nest. The dome and side entrance make it resemble a Dutch oven.

December 04, 2017

Super moon

A supermoon is a full moon or a new moon that approximately coincides with the closest distance that the Moon reaches to Earth in its elliptic orbit, resulting in a larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth.

December 03, 2017

Prothonotary warbler

Winter is staring us in the face, so a little bit of spring glory.
Prothonotary warbler, May 11, Rondeau Provincial Park.

Protonotaria citrea
Most warblers nest either on the ground, in shrubs, or in trees, but the Prothonotary Warbler and the Lucy's Warbler build their nests in holes in standing dead trees. They may also use nest boxes when available.

November 30, 2017

Black throated green warbler

Black throated green warbler at the pond Sept 2, 2017.
I will have to close the pond soon due to freezing temperatures.

Setophaga virens 
The male Black-throated Green Warbler sings persistently during the breeding season. One individual was observed singing 466 songs in one hour.
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