July 05, 2016


Collared Inca

This is another of the 41 species of hummingbirds we saw while in Ecuador.

Coeligena torquata

Collared Incas are extremely quick fliers but occasionally identify themselves in the forest by flashing open their white tails. These large hummers frequent humid montane forests—especially those that are dense and moss-filled, and also live around shrubby forest edges. They tend to feed low in dense, tangled shrubs and hover underneath flowers to feed. Both males and females have white outer tail feathers and large chest patches. The chest patch is either white or rufous, depending on geographic location.


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July 04, 2016


My, what big eyes you have.

Taken back in May 2016.
Previously called a Solitary vireo now it's the blue headed vireo.
Usually the are difficult to see but this one popped up right in front of me.

Vireo solitarius

The Blue-headed Vireo is the easternmost form in the "Solitary Vireo" complex. Formerly considered one species, three species now are recognized. In appearance it is the most brightly colored of the three.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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July 03, 2016


The juggler

We had a pair of cedar waxwings come into the yard today. Didn't realize any berries were ready.
He/she tossed the berries up and in.

Bombycilla cedrorum

Many birds that eat a lot of fruit separate out the seeds and regurgitate them, but the Cedar Waxwing lets them pass right through. Scientists have used this trait to estimate how fast waxwings can digest fruits.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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June 28, 2016


You said it was warm

Caspian tern at the shore at Rondeau.

As large as a big gull, the Caspian Tern is the largest tern in the world. Its large coral red bill makes it one of the most easily identified terns throughout its worldwide range.

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June 27, 2016


Catbird in the pond.

We have several nesting pairs in the immediate area of our yard.
They regularly come in to eat the grapes and grape jelly that we put out for the orioles.

Dumetella carolinensis

The Gray Catbird belongs to the genus Dumetella, which means “small thicket.” And that’s exactly where you should go look for this little skulker.
source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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June 18, 2016


Sausage antlers.

Saw this buck at Rondeau and my first impression was, those antlers are fake.

They look like someone strapped antlers made of plastic sausages on his head.

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June 14, 2016


Changing of the guard.

A pair of nesting red headed woodpeckers trade places at the nest hole.

Melanerpes erythrocephalus

The Red-headed Woodpecker has many nicknames, including half-a-shirt, shirt-tail bird, jellycoat, flag bird, and the flying checker-board.

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This crow was screaming at the last crazy flier and was not paying attention to what was coming up behind him.

After this pass he left. I wonder why?
Small birds regularly mob/harass nest predators. They are quite fearless and take on jays,crows and even hawks.

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