February 25, 2017

Boreal Chickadee

Boreal Chickadee, Algonquin Provincial Park, Feb 23, 2017
The rain stopped and the fog lessened enough for me to get this shot of a boreal chickadee. A lifer for both Anne and me.

Poecile hudsonicus
The oldest recorded Boreal Chickadee was at least 5 years, 4 months, when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Nova Scotia.

February 24, 2017

Pine Martin

We went to Algonquin Provincial Park and the weather was terrible.
Heavy fog, downpours and poor lighting.

Regardless we had a good time and got one life bird and one life mammal.
The mammal was the pine marten, a shy yet curious animal that are agile climbers and spend much of their time in trees, where they prey on squirrels and chipmunks.

Martes Americana

February 21, 2017

The obligatory eagle shot.


We where visiting in Amherstburg and I spotted this bald eagle sitting near the road.
A few shots and it was off.

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Bald Eagles have been known to play with plastic bottles and other objects pressed into service as toys. One observer witnessed six Bald Eagles passing sticks to each other in midair.

February 20, 2017

Golden naped Tanager

Golden naped tanager, Tandayapa, Ecuador.
Just the same old birds around the feeders so another shot from warmer climates.

Tangara ruficervix

The Golden-naped Tanager is omnivorous and eats arthropods, fruit, and nectar.

February 19, 2017

Red breasted nuthatch.

A pond bird from warmer times.

Sitta canadensis

Red-breasted Nuthatches migrate southward earlier than many irruptive species. They may begin in early July and may reach their southernmost point by September or October.

February 16, 2017

Golden Tanager

Golden tanagers, Tandayapa, Ecuador, March 2016

Tangara arthus

The Golden Tanager occurs in groups of up to five individuals that travel in mixed species flocks, usually with other species of tanager

February 15, 2017

Fly over

A low pass by a bald eagle.

Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Rather than do their own fishing, Bald Eagles often go after other creatures’ catches. A Bald Eagle will harass a hunting Osprey until the smaller raptor drops its prey in midair, where the eagle swoops it up. A Bald Eagle may even snatch a fish directly out of an Osprey’s talons. Fishing mammals (even people sometimes) can also lose prey to Bald Eagle piracy.