Saturday, 19 April 2014

Fox Sparrow

A Fox Sparrow visited my backyard a couple of days ago. This was the 175th species I've found in New Brunswick and the 76th for just this year.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Spring arrivals and departures

Apparently, its Spring in New Brunswick. If the snow is getting you down, there are some signs that we have indeed changed seasons. If you pay attention to what birds have recently arrived in our province, it can give you hope that it really is Spring.
In some parts of our province there have been reports of American Robins, Canada Geese and even a Great Blue Heron. These are very common once the snow starts to melt, so soon enough we will all see and hear them around.

I created this chart to show what species have been sighted in the past couple of weeks and those that should be arriving in the next two months. I went back through my own ebird data to come up with the "Coming Soon" portion and have looked at all available forms of media to create the Spotted Recently" part.

I didn't include species that stay all year (Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, Downy Woodpecker etc.). I live in Carleton county and work in York county, so I focused primarily on species that could be found in these two areas of NB. Once the St. John River starts to melt, I can start to add a lot more different species of ducks.

I'm going to keep up with the Spotted Recently sections, but would gladly accept any input to the Coming Soon parts.


Spotted Recently
Spotted Recently
Water, Forest, Driving
Coming Soon (Apr/May)
Coming Soon (Apr/May)
Water, Forest, Driving
Leaving Soon
Common Grackle
American Robin
Brown-headed Cowbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Cedar Waxwing
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Wood Duck
American Wigeon
Ring-necked Duck
Canada Geese
Snow Goose
Great Blue Heron
American Woodcock Killdeer
Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Harrier
American Kestrel
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow
Savannah Sparrow
Northern Flicker
Chipping Sparrow
Belted Kingfisher
Eastern Kingbird
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Blue-headed Vireo
Gray Catbird
Hermit Thrush
Spotted Sandpiper
Baltimore Oriole
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Snow Bunting
Bohemian Waxwing
Northern Shrike
Purple Sandpiper
American Tree Sparrow

Friday, 28 February 2014

Bohemian Waxwings

I've seen Bohemian Waxwings in three different locations in the past two weeks; Nackawic, Lindsay and in my neighbors yard (Woodstock). I got a few close up shots of the flock in my neighbors yard as they allowed me to stand quite close. Here is one of the pictures from yesterday.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Northern Shrike

At the beginning of the year, I had a Northern Shrike in my backyard just for a few seconds. There were nearly 100 American Goldfinches feeding away, but suddenly they all flew away. I looked up and at the top of one of my trees was a shrike. It wasn't there long enough to get a picture, however I did get one today. I was on my way to Houlton, and happened to see this one before I got onto the highway just outside of Woodstock. 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Gray Jay, Ruffed Grouse

I finally got a picture of a Gray Jay this week. My grandfather passed away last week so I went for a drive a few days ago to get my mind of things. It was perfect timing as I came across five Gray Jays all within the same area.

I had only ever found a Gray Jay once up until then and with five around, I had plenty of chances to get a decent picture. As I kept driving, there was a Ruffed Grouse right beside the road since it was so mild out. I didn't even have to get out of my car to get a picture of it.

I have started the year of well finding 28 different species so far. I ended the year at 162 so my goal will to find more than that this year!

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Horned Lark, Woodstock Christmas Bird Count

I participated in my first Christmas Bird Count for Woodstock on December 31st. Charles Graves and I ended up finding 22 species. Here is my ebird checklist;
Woodstock was divided into 3 areas. We met together at the end of the day to discuss our findings. Today I went for a drive to go look for some of the species I haven't seen for a while, or at all, since I knew where I could look thanks to our meeting. One of the groups found some Horned Larks so I was pleased that they were still there today so that I could check that species off of my life list. 

Friday, 22 November 2013

Black Guillemot

I managed to add 3 more species to my life list; Red-throated Loon, Iceland Gull and Long-tailed Duck. This time of year, it has been challenging to find anything new around Woodstock so I travelled to the St.John area to find those three.

Gilles Belliveau helped me a great deal by creating a map of a number of areas where I could try to find a variety of species I have yet to see. I had never been around Maces Bay or Dipper Harbor and really enjoyed spending time around these fishing communities.

Here is my picture of the day, a Black Guillemot that I found in Dipper Harbor.