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.

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

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.

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.

Incoming!

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.