September 29, 2016

Bathing Hummingbird

Hummingbirds in the pond were new to us and we first saw the behavior the 1st of September.
We had another one do it again a few days ago.
This time it splashed at the edge of the waterfall and then sat in the water flow.

Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds normally place their nest on a branch of a deciduous or coniferous tree; however, these birds are accustomed to human habitation and have been known to nest on loops of chain, wire, and extension cords.
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September 27, 2016

Palm warbler.

There is a nice warbler hotspot on an island in Rondeau Bay that usually gives us at least one bird we haven't ween in the yard each fall.
This time it was a palm warbler moving rapidly on the ground and in some bushes.

Setophaga palmarum

The Palm Warbler is found in two different forms. Birds that breed in the western part of the range are duller, and have whitish bellies. Those breeding in the eastern part of the range are entirely yellow underneath.

September 26, 2016

A late Dunlin

Another bird from the pontoon.
An adult non-breeding Dunlin.
Credit where credit is due, Anne is much better at identifying birds, especially shorebirds.
Many of the ids are by her.

Calidris alpina

The oldest recorded Dunlin was at least 12 years, 5 months old when it was recaptured and re released during banding operations in California.

Adult Description
Medium-sized sandpiper. Moderately short neck. Moderately long, drooping bill. Moderately long, blackish legs. Slightly hunched appearance. In breeding plumage has black belly, rufous cap, and rufous back. Nonbreeding plumage is all dull brownish gray, with whitish belly.
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September 25, 2016


While out on the pontoon we found several sora rails including this immature bird.
Sora can be hard to find and worse to photograph.

Porzana carolina

Animals that are commonly reported as sora food items include snails, crustaceans, spiders, and insects, mainly beetles, grasshoppers, flies, and dragonflies.
 Soras often eat the seeds of plants, such as smartweeds, bulrushes, sedges, and barnyard grasses and seeds of annual wildrice.

September 23, 2016

Pied-billed grebe, Rondeau Bay, Ontario.

Got really close to a pied billed grebe today.
Hard to pick one photo out of 83 to post.

Not certain but I think this is a non breeding adult.

Podilymbus podiceps

Pied-billed Grebes can trap water in their feathers, giving them great control over their buoyancy. They can sink deeply or stay just at or below the surface, exposing as much or as little of the body as they wish. The water-trapping ability may also aid in the pursuit of prey by reducing drag in turbulent water.

September 22, 2016

Fireworks in the pond.

A brown thrasher had an energetic bath, actually 5 or 6 baths, in the pond today.
The way the water surrounded him made me think of fireworks.
I'll need to add water tomorrow.

Toxostoma rufum
An aggressive defender of its nest, the Brown Thrasher is known to strike people and dogs hard enough to draw blood.

Brown Thrashers are accomplished songsters that may sing more than 1,100 different song types and include imitations of other birds, including Chuck-will’s-widows, Wood Thrushes, and Northern Flickers.

source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

September 21, 2016

Black-throated green warbler.

The fall migration continued today with a number of warblers including this male Black-throated green.
A Cooper's swooped through and the yard was quiet for a long time.
Setophaga virens

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