November 13, 2017

American bittern.

Why American Bitterns are hard to find.

Mostly they hide along the edges of a marshy area and blend into the reeds.
They will sway with the wind so they move like the reeds.

November 08, 2017

Great horned owl in the rain.

Taken at the  Canadian Raptor Conservancy facility on  a rainy day.

Bubo virginianus
Great Horned Owls are fierce predators that can take large prey, including raptors such as Ospreys, Peregrine Falcons, Prairie Falcons, and other owls. They also eat much smaller items such as rodents, frogs, and scorpions.
source -https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Great_Horned_Owl/lifehistory

November 06, 2017

Two of more than 40 horned grebes we saw Oct 26 while boating on Rondeau Bay..
We tend to see them during spring and fall.

Podiceps auritus
A sleeping or resting Horned Grebe puts its neck on its back with its head off to one side and facing forward. It keeps one foot tucked up under a wing and uses the other one to maneuver in the water. Having one foot up under a wing makes it float with one "high" side and one "low" side.
source -https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Horned_Grebe/lifehistory

November 03, 2017

American white pelican.



A rare visitor in our area on Lake Erie.

We followed up on a rare bird posting and were lucky enough to find the bird within minutes of arriving.

Long distance shots until the bird flew up and went west over Lake Erie.


Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Pelican chicks can crawl by 1 to 2 weeks of age. By 3 weeks they can walk with their body off the ground and can swim as soon as they can get to water. Older chicks move up to running, then running with flapping their wings, and by the age of 9 to 10 weeks, they can fly.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_White_Pelican/lifehistory

October 28, 2017

White throated sparrow.

One of several sparrow species that visited the yard this fall.
White Throated Sparrow. Zonotrichia albicollis.

White-throated Sparrows stay near the ground, scratching through leaves in search of food, often in flocks. You may see them low in bushes as well, particularly in spring when they eat fresh buds. White-throated Sparrows sing their distinctive songs frequently, even in winter.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/White-throated_Sparrow/id

October 25, 2017

Blanding's turtle.

The turtles were out in good numbers grabbing a few rays when we were out on the boat the other day.
Since then the weather has turned, bir waves and cold temperatures so they are probably gone for the year.

I think it looks very prehistoric poking out of the weeds.
Emydoidea blandingii
This species hibernates in the soft bottoms of water bodies. Particularly in the spring, the Blanding’s turtle basks on rocks, logs or substrates in sunny locations.