September 25, 2017

Ruby crowned kinglet.

A really fast little bird, it was tearing through the hedge snapping up food.
It paused just long enough to get a reasonably good shot.

It bounces through the pond but doesn't linger for a bath.

Regulus calendula 
The Ruby-crowned Kinglet is a tiny bird that lays a very large clutch of eggs—there can be up to 12 in a single nest. Although the eggs themselves weigh only about a fiftieth of an ounce, an entire clutch can weigh as much as the female herself.
source -https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Ruby-crowned_Kinglet/lifehistory

September 24, 2017

Eurasian Collared-dove

Our favourite bird spotter, Steve, knocked on the door this morning to tell us there was an Eurasian Collared Dove just down there road.
He gave us directions and then made sure we found the dove where it wa sitting high in a tree.
Not a lifer but still a rare sight around here.

Streptopelia decaocto
The Eurasian Collared-Dove’s species name, decaocto, comes from Greek mythology. Decaocto was a servant girl transformed into a dove by the gods to escape her unhappy treatment; the dove’s mournful cry recalls her former life.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eurasian_Collared-Dove/lifehistory

September 23, 2017

Carolina wren

We have had a number of Carolina wrens in the yard for the past 2 weeks.
Loud singers first thing in the morning.

Thryothorus ludovicianus

The Carolina Wren is sensitive to cold weather, with the northern populations decreasing markedly after severe winters. The gradually increasing winter temperatures over the last century may have been responsible for the northward range expansion seen in the mid-1900s.
source -https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Carolina_Wren/id

September 20, 2017

Full size, no crop.

No crop, this is right out of the camera.

This isn't cropped, we actually got within 5 feet of this least bittern, by turning off the motor and drifting up to the bird.
It is a fairly small bird at about 11 to 14 inches in length. For comparison an American robin is 9 to 11 inches.

It was out in the open on a weed mat and didn't pay any attention to us.

Ixobrychus exilis
Thanks to its habit of straddling reeds, the Least Bittern can feed in water that would be too deep for the wading strategy of other herons.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Least_Bittern/lifehistory

September 18, 2017

Lethal weapon

Great blue heron.
We were heading to the boat and notice this heron standing on the dock in front of us.
Since it was cooperating I took his picture.
That bill is a wicked looking weapon.

Ardea herodias
Great Blue Herons can hunt day and night thanks to a high percentage of rod-type photoreceptors in their eyes that improve their night vision.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Great_Blue_Heron/lifehistory

September 17, 2017

Black-crowned night heron

Hip Deep.

An immature black crowned night heron up to its belly at the edge of the marsh.
It watched us for a while and then disappeared into the reeds.

Nycticorax nycticorax
A breeding Black-crowned Night-Heron will brood any chick that is placed in its nest. The herons apparently don’t distinguish between their own offspring and nestlings from other parents.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/…/Black-crowned_N…/lifehistory

September 15, 2017

Belted kingfisher.

At the corner of the marina and the main channel are two old pilings.

Spotted this kingfisher monitoring the water nearby.
Just couldn't get close enough for a real close up, this photo is heavily cropped.
Megaceryle alcyon
Belted Kingfishers are stocky, large-headed birds with a shaggy crest on the top and back of the head and a straight, thick, pointed bill. Their legs are short and their tails are medium length and square-tipped.
source -
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/…/Belted_Kingfish…/lifehistory