October 27, 2016

Either a grater or lesser yellow leg

Photo was taken on Rondeau Bay, Rondeau Provincial Park, Sept 2016

The bird seems to have characteristics of both greater and lesser yellowlegs.
If you can positively id it please let me know.

October 26, 2016

The drop off.

When we were in Ecuador we were taken into the foothills of the Andes.
In the far distance you can see a mountain range.

There were only two flat areas in Ecuador, the airport and the soccer fields.

October 25, 2016

Cattle Egrets, Blenheim Sewage Lagoons, October 25, 20016

We don't get many cattle egrets in our area but there are four at the local sewage lagoons. (Birder's go to the nicest places.)
We saw two but they were skittish and flew between cells without letting us get close.
Bubulcus ibis
Cattle Egrets follow large animals or machines and eat invertebrates stirred up from the ground. They will fly toward smoke from long distances away, to catch insects fleeing a fire.

Where's Waldo?

My wife, Anne, is a bird spotter extraordinaire.

She regularly finds sora's hiding in the reeds as we cruise the marsh edge on the pontoon.
Porzana carolina

October 23, 2016

Hunting falcons.

While out on the pontoon a few days ago we had peregrine falcons harassing the waterfowl.
It appeared to be a pair and the where hunting cooperatively.
We didn't see them catch anything but it was still an interesting show.

Falco peregrinus
During its spectacular hunting stoop from heights of over 1 km (0.62 mi), the peregrine may reach speeds of 320 km/h (200 mph) as it drops toward its prey.

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.