October 22, 2016

Why snipe are hard to find.

They are masters of camouflage.

Gallinago delicata
Wilson’s Snipe look so stocky thanks in part to the extra-large pectoral (breast) muscles that make up nearly a quarter of the bird’s weight—the highest percent of all shorebirds. Thanks to their massive flight muscles this chunky sandpiper can reach speeds estimated at 60 miles an hour.

October 20, 2016

Continuing the pond series.

Recently I found out that the brown crowned white crowned sparrows were the immature ones.
Makes more sense that a brown crowned white crown.

Zonotrichia leucophrys

Because male White-crowned Sparrows learn the songs they grow up with and typically breed close to where they were raised, song dialects frequently form. Males on the edge of two dialects may be bilingual and able to sing both dialects.

October 18, 2016

Wet junco

The juncos are back and they need a wash after the trip.
Dark eyed juncos come in an amazing number of shades of black through grey.

Junco hyemalis
The Dark-eyed Junco is one of the most common birds in North America and can be found across the continent, from Alaska to Mexico, from California to New York. A recent estimate set the junco’s total population at approximately 630 million individuals.

October 17, 2016

Now stretch...

This mallard was going through a bathing routine, dunking under the eater and preening its feathers.
Then it stretched its head way back.
Interesting to watch.
Anas platyrhynchos
Ducks are strong fliers; migrating flocks of Mallards have been estimated traveling at 55 miles per hour.
The standard duck’s quack is the sound of a female Mallard. Males don’t quack; they make a quieter, rasping sound.

October 16, 2016

Meanwhile at the pond.

We missed out on the Kittiwake and laughing gull seen at Rondeau earlier today but had some activity in the yard.
An enthusiastic Blue headed vireo having a bath in the pond earlier today.
Vireo solitarius
The Blue-headed Vireo is the only vireo within its range that makes extensive use of coniferous forests, although it also occupies deciduous habitats.

October 14, 2016

Emerald toucanet seen at Tandayapa, Ecuador.

Daily visitors to the feeders in front of the dining area.

Aulacorhynchus prasinus

Emerald Toucanets typically forage on fruit, lizards, insects, bird eggs and nestlings. They frequently move together in small flocks of 3 to 10 birds.