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
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Brown_Thrasher/lifehistory

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.

September 20, 2016

Pop up.


While out on the pontoon we came across three immature black crowned night herons.
I got some excellent, in the open shots but this one struck me as having the most character.



Nycticorax nycticorax

 Young Black-crowned Night-Herons leave the nest at the age of 1 month but cannot fly until they are 6 weeks old. They move through the vegetation on foot, joining up in foraging flocks at night.

September 19, 2016

Splash bath.

Heard a familiar call and took a look and there was a tufted titmouse having a splash bath.
We hadn't seen a tufted titmouse for months so it was a special treat.

Baeolophus bicolor

Tufted Titmice often line the inner cup of their nest with hair, sometimes plucked directly from living animals. The list of hair types identified from old nests includes raccoons, opossums, mice, woodchucks, squirrels, rabbits, livestock, pets, and even humans.

September 18, 2016

A deceit of lapwings.



Anne spotted a large group of killdeer in a puddle in a farmers field.
There were between 50 and 60 birds feeding and bathing.

Killdeer are in the lapwing family and a gathering of lapwings is called a deceit.



Charadrius vociferus

Killdeer get their name from the shrill, wailing kill-deer call they give so often. Eighteenth-century naturalists also noticed how noisy Killdeer are, giving them names such as the Chattering Plover and the Noisy Plover.

September 16, 2016

See you spread them like this then flap.

Looks like this Black-bellied plover is giving the Dunlin flying lessons.


Black-bellied plover - Pluvialis squatarola

Wary and quick to give alarm calls, the Black-bellied Plover functions worldwide as a sentinel for mixed groups of shorebirds.

Dunlin -Calidris alpina

Dunlin breeding in northern Alaska apparently move west, migrating down the eastern side of Siberia and Asia to Japan and China.