May 26, 2016


Rudy turnstone.

They come by their name honestly, they often forage by turning over stones and other objects.
On the south beach at Rondeau Provincial Park, May 19/16

Arenaria interpres

The oldest recorded Ruddy Turnstone was a female, and at least 14 years, 11 months old, when she was recaptured and rereleased during a scientific study in New Jersey.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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May 25, 2016


Cape May warbler

Another of our spring migrants.
Some warblers are rather plain but the Cape May is one of the more colourful birds.

Setophaga tigrina

The tongue of the Cape May Warbler is unique among warblers. It is curled and semitubular, and is used to collect nectar during winter.

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May 24, 2016


Black bellied plovers in flight.

Another of the shore birds we saw at Rondeau while out on the boat.
South beach near Erieau.

Pluvialis squatarola

Wary and quick to give alarm calls, the Black-bellied Plover functions worldwide as a sentinel for mixed groups of shorebirds. These qualities allowed it to resist market hunters, and it remained common when populations of other species of similar size were devastated.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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May 23, 2016


Black Tern

Another shot from the pontoon.

We were out looking for whimbrel, which we found and I will post another day, when we saw a black tern.
It posed so nicely that I took about 130 photos.
We usually see a few each year some where on Rondeau Bay.

Chlidonias niger

The Black Tern is very social. It breeds in loose colonies and usually forages, roosts,and migrates in flocks of a few to more than 100 birds, occasionally up to tens of thousands.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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May 22, 2016


Short billed dowitchers.

While out on our pontoon boat we came across a flock of short billed dowitchers bathing, grooming, eating and sleeping at Rondeau Provincial Park.

Twice the were put up by turkey vultures cruising low over the south beach.

Limnodromus griseus
Although both sexes share incubation of the eggs, only the male takes care of the young once they hatch.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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May 20, 2016


Imagine my surprise.

I thought I was taking a photo of a wood thrush, turns out it was an ovenbird.

Rondeau Provincial Park.

Seiurus aurocapilla

Neighboring male Ovenbirds sing together. One male starts singing, and the second will join in immediately after. They pause, and then sing one after the other again, for up to 40 songs. The second joins in so quickly that they may sound from a distance as if only one bird is singing. Ovenbirds rarely overlap the song of their neighbors.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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May 19, 2016


The flasher

This Wilson's warbler has flashing his wings for some reason.
Made for an interesting show.

They always make me think of someone with a bad toupee.

Cardellina pusilla

The Wilson's Warbler trends toward brighter, richer coloration from the eastern part of the range to the west. The Pacific coast populations have the brightest yellow, even orangish, foreheads and faces. Western-central and Alaskan birds are slightly larger than the eastern and Pacific coast populations.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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