October 14, 2017

Weather forecast- morning showers.

Chestnut sided warbler, Rondeau Provincial Park.

Setophaga pensylvanica 
On the wintering grounds in Central America the Chestnut-sided Warbler joins in mixed-species foraging flocks with the resident antwrens and tropical warblers. An individual warbler will return to the same area in subsequent years, joining back up with the same foraging flock it associated with the year before.
Source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/…/Chestnut-sided_…/lifehistory

October 12, 2017

Ruddy duck


This duck reminds me of he bath time rubber ducky with its cocked tail and relatively large head.
I think this bird was injured as it didn't climb of the mound and swim/fly away.
It is duck hunting season.

Oxyura jamaicensis

Ruddy Ducks lay big, white, pebbly-textured eggs—the largest of all duck eggs relative to body size. Energetically expensive to produce, the eggs hatch into well-developed ducklings that require only a short period of care.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Ruddy_Duck/lifehistory

October 09, 2017

Birds of the pond series.


Lots of birds still coming to the pond including this Eastern Towhee.

Pipilo erythrophthalmus
Eastern Towhees tend to be pretty solitary, and they use a number of threat displays to tell other towhees they’re not welcome. You may see contentious males lift, spread, or droop one or both wings, fan their tails, or flick their tails to show off the white spots at the corners. Studies have shown that male towhees tend to defend territories many times larger than needed simply to provide food.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Towhee/lifehistory

October 07, 2017

Pied-billed grebe

This close and no closer.
It is always a challenge to try to figure out what the comfort zone of an animal is.
Ideally I try to get a photo without disturbing the subject.
We came a little too close for comfort with this pied-billed grebe.

Podilymbus podiceps
Part bird, part submarine, the Pied-billed Grebe is common across much of North America. These small brown birds have unusually thick bills that turn silver and black in summer. These expert divers inhabit sluggish rivers, freshwater marshes, lakes, and estuaries. They use their chunky bills to kill and eat large crustaceans along with a great variety of fish, amphibians, insects, and other invertebrates. Rarely seen in flight and often hidden amid vegetation, Pied-billed Grebes announce their presence with loud, far-reaching calls.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Pied-billed_Grebe/id

October 05, 2017

Juvenile Yellow Bellied Sapsucker.

This young sapsucker came to the pond for a minute then left without drinking or bathing.
Probably had something to do with the 3 blue jays that came in squawking loudly.

Sphyrapicus varius 
The sapwells made by Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers attract hummingbirds, which also feed off the sap flowing from the tree. In some parts of Canada, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds rely so much on sapwells that they time their spring migration with the arrival of sapsuckers. Other birds as well as bats and porcupines also visit sapsucker sapwells.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/…/Yellow-bellied_…/lifehistory

October 04, 2017

Rusty Blackbird.

Another photo from the pontoon boat.
Normally we see groupings or rusty blackbirds, this day just one.
It's a start.

Euphagus carolinus
Like most members of the blackbird family, the Rusty Blackbird undergoes only one molt per year. The change in appearance between winter and summer results from the rust-colored feather tips of "winter plumage" wearing off and leaving behind the smooth black or gray "breeding plumage."
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Rusty_Blackbird/lifehistory

October 02, 2017

Yellow-rumped warbler.

Yellow rumped warbler.
Whe yellow rumps show up it is usually a sign that the fall migration is coming to a close.
They aren't here in big numbers but that will change.

Setophaga coronata 
Male Yellow-rumped Warblers tend to forage higher in trees than females do.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/…/Yellow-rumped_W…/lifehistory