July 20, 2018

Goldfinch at the pond.


 July 15, 2018 Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.
Activity is starting at the little pond/water feature in the yard. Nothing exotic, just the regulars. A few months before we get warblers on the fall migration.

Spinus tristis
Paired-up goldfinches make virtually identical flight calls; goldfinches may be able to distinguish members of various pairs by these calls.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Goldfinch

July 19, 2018

Patsy wool socks.

While investigating a small harbour town we came across Patsy Wool Socks.

We had already bought a pair of alpaca socks so we didn't buy from Patsy.

July 17, 2018

Yellow-throated vireo.


From May 6, 2018. A yellow-throated vireo at Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.
Nice of it to come into the open, usually I see them behind branches or too far away.

Vireo flavifrons
In many North American songbirds, only females incubate and brood, but not vireos. Male Yellow-throated Vireos also incubate eggs and brood young, taking turns with the female throughout the day.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-throated_Vireo/

July 16, 2018

White winged dove.

There has been a white winged dove at Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada, on and off this spring/summer.
They are a bird normally found in the American south west not the Great Lakes.

Today I got a call that there were now two white wings sitting in the same tree.

He is in mid call as indicated by the puffed out throat.

Maybe they will nest.

July 14, 2018

Wilson's Warbler, Tors Cove, Newfoundland, June 4, 2018

After doing the pelagic trip out to Witless Bay Ecologiacl Reserve with O'briens Boat Tours we wandered down the road to Tors Cove and found La Manche Provincial Park.
Great place to go for a walk.

The best bird I was able to get a photo of was a Wilson's warbler.

Cardellina pusilla
Naturalist Alexander Wilson, often called the "father of American ornithology," described the Wilson’s Warbler in 1811 which he called the “green black-capt flycatcher.”
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Wilsons_Warbler/

July 11, 2018

Here birdy, birdy.

In Quebec near the New Brunswick border there is a man with a hobby.

He has plugged all the openings with pieces of foam.
I wonder why?