May 22, 2013
Black throated green warbler
This is one bird who's name actually makes sense.
A small bird with a black throat and olive green on its head.
A spring migrant that we wee each May.
Just like the other warblers he flits around grabbing insects and caterpillars off the bushes and plants making it hared to get a decent photo.
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May 20, 2013
I don't know what they were selling but I will take a dozen.
We saw this little store in the back streets of Barcelona.
Sounds like their product would be a hit in north America.
May 17, 2013
Just the one.
A fellow birder called us to let us know there was just the one avocet about 3 miles outside of Rondeau Provincial Park.
The bird was exactly where she said it would be.
That is rare as birds have wings and know how to use them.
The avocet is a large, slim shorebird with a very slender upturned bill. In breeding plumage the head and neck have a pinkish tan or orangey buff colour.
May 16, 2013
This results in two types Brewster's and Lawrence's warblers.
The resulting bird has a combination of field marks.
May 15, 2013
Due to cold weather and a major shortage of insects this Cerulean was foraging on the ground giving bird watchers great looks.
Nice for the birders but stressful for the warbler.
Ceruleans are a small warbler with a short tail. Blue above with white below.
May 14, 2013
The ruby in the ruby crown.
They are fast movers that rapidly hop from branch to branch.
This one was displaying the crown, in full sunlight, and paused long enough for me to get the photo.
May 13, 2013
The bridges of amsterdam
We did the tourist thing and did the canal tour by boat.
Interesting seeing a city from the water, lots of bridges and houseboats.