April 25, 2018

Golden-crowned kinglet

Rondeau Provincial Park.
Lots of these around not as many ruby-crowned.

A few hermit thrushes and other odds and ends. Maybe migration has started.

Regulus satrapa
Each of the Golden-crowned Kinglet's nostrils is covered by a single, tiny feather.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Golden-crowned_Kinglet

April 24, 2018

False advertising.

The I'm injured, follow me, display of the killdeer.
Rondeau Provincial Park, April 24, 2018.

Charadrius vociferus
A well-known denizen of dry habitats, the Killdeer is actually a proficient swimmer. Adults swim well in swift-flowing water, and chicks can swim across small streams.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Killdeer/

April 21, 2018

Virginia rail at Rondeau Provincial Park.

Park staff told me about a rail on Tulip Tree Trail.
Another photographer spotted it for me.
This is one of about 100 photos. Have to go through the rest to see if there is a better one.

Rallus limicola
The forehead feathers of Virginia Rails are adapted to withstand wear and tear that results from pushing through dense and often sharp marsh vegetation.

As a group, rails have the highest ratio of leg muscles to flight muscles of any bird, which may explain their propensity to walk rather than fly.

source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Virginia_Rail/

Eastern Phoebe.

Lots of phoebes are back and calling along the road.
Watched 4 working a big puddle for flying bugs.
Spring appears to be starting.


Sayornis phoebe

The Eastern Phoebe is a loner, rarely coming in contact with other phoebes. Even members of a mated pair do not spend much time together. They may roost together early in pair formation, but even during egg laying the female frequently chases the male away from her.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Phoebe/

April 19, 2018

Ruby crowned-kinglet.

There are lots of golden-crowned kinglets around but no very many rubies.
This one even showed off the crown which is usually hidden.

Regulus calendula
The Ruby-crowned Kinglet is a tiny bird that lays a very large clutch of eggs—there can be up to 12 in a single nest. Although the eggs themselves weigh only about a fiftieth of an ounce, an entire clutch can weigh as much as the female herself.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Ruby-crowned_Kinglet/

April 18, 2018

In a small pond.

Near Rondeau Provincial Park, April 18, 2018.
Female, non breeding red-breasted merganser.

Mergus serrator
The Red-breasted Merganser breeds farther north and winters farther south than the other American mergansers.

April 16, 2018

The sapsuckers are back.

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers showed up yesterday and today we had three chasing each other around our "sapsucker tree".
The really like an old half dead tree int the yard above all others.
Ended up with a 6 woodpecker day. Only one I missed was a red-head, they aren't back yet. Pileated (heard), downy, hairy, flicker, red-bellied and the sapsucker.
Sphyrapicus varius
The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker makes two kinds of holes in trees to harvest sap. Round holes extend deep in the tree and are not enlarged. The sapsucker inserts its bill into the hole to probe for sap. Rectangular holes are shallower, and must be maintained continually for the sap to flow. The sapsucker licks the sap from these holes, and eats the cambium of the tree too. New holes usually are made in a line with old holes, or in a new line above the old.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/gui…/Yellow-bellied_Sapsucker/

April 14, 2018

Purple finch, male.


Last April.
A nice breeding male purple finch at the pond one year ago. None around this year that look like this.

Haemorhous purpureus
Birds that eat fruits are doing plants a favor by distributing their seeds later on. But finches eat the seeds themselves. Though they may not look the part, finches are predators. From a seed's point of view, these birds' hefty beaks mark the end of the line.
Birds that eat fruits are doing plants a favour by distributing their seeds later on. But finches eat the seeds themselves. Though they may not look the part, finches are predators. From a seed's point of view, these birds' hefty beaks mark the end of the line.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/purple_finch