May 31, 2010
A Mourning Warbler dropped in, worked the bushes for some insects, had a drink then moved on.
This bird skulks and is shy, prefers thickets and undergrowth and generally is not easy to see, never mind photograph. I only had a moment to grab the camera and take a shot through the Wonderful Wildlife Window.
We are on the very south end of its summer range.
May 27, 2010
May 26, 2010
stupid is as stupid does
At the birding festival in West virginia the were starting up a new bbq and thought it was smoking a bit more than it should.
When they open it up to look for the problem they found the directions.
the directions probably would have told them to remove the directions before lighting the bbq.
May 24, 2010
After they got used to the people there they came to be petted.
This one seemed to enjoy sitting in the sun while getting a "facial".
I'll tell more of the story in my next post, dial up permitting.
May 21, 2010
May 20, 2010
The call is said to be an emphatic, teacher, teacher, teacher, getting more insistent with each repeat.
Its nest is close to the forest floor and is shaped like an old dutch oven, hence the name.
May 19, 2010
May 18, 2010
Where it gets it blue/purple items is a mystery. This was along way from any towns.
He rearranges the items on a regular basis to attract a female.
May 17, 2010
We finally had a bright day and the maggie was flitting around and just popped up in a bush.
Finding birds this spring has been difficult and photo conditions have been less than good.
May 13, 2010
The blackburnian, also called the fire throat, is one of the most colourful of the wood warblers and is one of my favourite birds. Small,fast moving it becomes a blur of colour in the trees.
May 12, 2010
May 11, 2010
The male has red streaks on its breast.
The prothonotary warble,is an incredible yellow colour, and at a glance the yellow may be mistaken for it. The prothonotary is rare in Canada and the yellow is common.
Still a pretty little bird.
May 10, 2010
The warblers are slow coming in and the leaves are out making it a challenge to see these beautiful wood warblers.
This chestnut sided warbler was on Spicebush Trail on the weekend.
His call is "pleased, pleased to meet cha"
A good way to remember the bird and its call is to think of an inn keeper, wearing a chestnut coloured vest and a yellow cap, greeting each person with a Pleased to meet you.
Get out and enjoy nature.
May 07, 2010
We don't get a lot of bluebirds at Rondeau, at least not that I see.
We were looking for a yellow breasted chat when this bluebird showed up.
Have a good weekend
May 06, 2010
Did the bus hit the barn or did the barn collapse on the bus?
Way back in the mountains down in a "holler"
in West Virginia.
If you go birding off the beaten path you can find wondrous and strange things.
May 05, 2010
While in West Virginia at a birding festival I had the opportunity to release a bluejay that had been banded.
We had a great time, good birding, good food and excellent people.
Photo by Anne.
May 04, 2010
It is about 4 1/4 (11cm) long. The nest blends in so well it often is overlooked which is just what the bird wants.The nest was built out of lichen which grows on the trees.
The nest was found by following a flying bird
May 03, 2010
Didn't see much on the Ohio side of lake Erie.
This egret was fishing in a canal and caught several small fish while we were watching.
West Virginia started slow but really picked up late in the week