April 30, 2013
It is fairly common but this is only the second time in 12 years that we have seen one in the yard.
It is similar to a pale non-breeding chipping sparrow but is buffier and has pale lores (Eyebrows)
It has a sharply outlined ear patch and a gray nape, bold white moustache and a brown rump.
April 29, 2013
It didn't occur to me that crappie was a type of fish.
Such an appetizing name.
April 26, 2013
You definitely want to know the tide charts.
And yes we were birding.
April 25, 2013
They aren't common on the Great Lakes but the do show up now and again.
During breeding season they have a golden ear patch and a chestnut neck.
This one is not finished moulting
April 24, 2013
April 23, 2013
This one was in Windsor, Ontario at Ojibway Park.
Photos are through the picture window at the visitor centre.
You can see the rusty wing bars in this photo.
The bird is a deep dull blue with a thick bill. It has two broad, rusty wing bars.
April 22, 2013
This one came to our feeders on April 19th, a bit earlier than other years.
That brilliant red head makes this one easy to identify.
April 21, 2013
April 19, 2013
He showed up 2 days later than last year and went to the same feeder.
A real treat.
April 18, 2013
April 16, 2013
Kinglets tend to be difficult to photograph because they are always flitting around.
This one happened to stay put for about three seconds.
The most obvious field mark is the scarlet stripe on the head. It is a small, stub tailed olive grey bird. It has a boldly striped face and wing bars.
April 15, 2013
I like the appearance of the water in the background.
It is mainly a western bird seen on the prairies and boggy fields.
It caused quite a stir and was a one day wonder.
It has a bright orange eyebrow and a buffy breast, a white median crown stripe and strong stripes on the back.
April 14, 2013
Never pick up a turtle by its tail, particularly a snapper as you could break the spine.
The snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in Canada.
The snapping turtle is Ontario’s most prehistoric-looking turtle species. Its long tail has a series of triangular spikes along the top that are reminiscent of those of a stegosaurus. The carapace (upper shell) is tan or olive to black in colour, has a coarsely serrated anterior (front) edge and three longitudinal ridges, and is often covered with algae. The plastron (lower shell) is very small. The maximum length of the carapace in this species is 47 centimetres.
April 13, 2013
Usually they are green, but every once in a while..
April 12, 2013
The nest is about 12 feet up in a broken tree.
The parents were keeping watch in the tall trees nearby.
Very poor light and rain. Hope to go back on the weekend when they are forecasting better weather.
We are hoping no one harasses the chicks and they get to fledge.
April 11, 2013
It is a small bird, just under 6 inches(15cm) in length. It has a black cap and beady black eyes on a white face.
They have a bit of chestnut colour on the undertail coverts.
The call is a distinctive ,nasal, yank,yank,yank.
We get them in our yard year round.
April 10, 2013
The common yellow throat has a black mask, yellow throat and upper breast.
April 09, 2013
They are a mid sized sparrow with a long rounded tail and heavy streaking on the breast.
The streaking merges into a large central spot.
April 08, 2013
The dove in the background has the standard grey colouration.
April 07, 2013
April 05, 2013
April 04, 2013
April 03, 2013
These are royal terns in non-breeding plumage.
Seen on South Padre Island, Texas
April 02, 2013
Actually it is the nest of a Baltimore oriole made from an old seed bag we put out for nesting material.
The orioles weave a sock like nest about 3-4 inches deep with a small opening on the top.
The female will lay 3-7 eggs with an incubation period of 11-14 days.
Baltimore oriole - icterus galbula