Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Anytime I am home, every one in a while I take a quick look outside to see if anything is around. I looked out yesterday and saw a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak. It is the first time I've ever had one in my yard before and it was nice to get a decent photo. I kept looking into the evening and eventually the male showed up too and they took turns feeding.

May has been a great month for birding. So far I'm up to 95 species although I checked and last year I got up to 107. This is doable however as I've yet to see a few species that I'll eventually see for much of the summer (ex. Eastern Kingbird, Common Nighthawk, Least Sandpiper). I'm up to 134 for the year so I'm already just 31 away from beating last year's total!




Friday, 8 May 2015

Ring-necked Pheasant, Yellow-rumped Warbler

Today I finally saw a Ring-necked Pheasant well enough to get a photo. I actually saw one, but it went into the woods before I could get out my camera. Just a few more minutes down the road, there was another bright male.

Today I also finally saw a Yellow-rumped Warbler. Up until this afternoon, I had found four Black & White Warblers (in four different locations), but still no Yellow-rumped. When I got home from birding for about an hour, of course there was also one in my yard!



Monday, 4 May 2015

Brant

Thanks to more people in Carleton County posting what they are seeing, I got to see a Brant for the first time today! It was spotted right in town yesterday and I was very pleased that it was still around today. I couldn't get over the size difference between it and the Canada Goose. They were the only two geese around and it was interesting to watch them hang out together. I didn't want to scare it off so I didn't get very close, but right when I stepped out of my van, it went right under the Canada Goose. This brings me up to 103 in NB for the year and 194 for life.




Tuesday, 21 April 2015

House Finch, Chipping Sparrow

There are still some winter birds around, but the numbers have certainly decreased since the beginning of April. I did see one Common Redpoll over the weekend and I'm still getting three Pine Siskins in my backyard. Actually, yesterday I was surprised to see a Bohemian Waxwing and Pine Grosbeak on my street. There was a great variety of winter birds here in New Brunswick, but it is nice to have our other backyard birds return.

Two weeks ago I heard a different song out back. I looked around and noticed two bright House Finches on top of a tree. I've had females before, but never males. The females can trick you when they are with Purple Finches or Pine Siskins, but they do stand out if you know what to look for. Just in the past couple of days Chipping Sparrows have been showing up around the province. One day I had an American Tree Sparrow (soon leaving) in my yard in the morning and then a Chipping Sparrow in the afternoon. They do have some similarities, but their differences stand out when you know what to look for!



Osprey, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher

You can tell it is officially Spring in New Brunswick when these three species have returned!




Snow Goose

There are lots of Canada Geese passing through and stopping around Woodstock now that it finally feels like spring. I was in Hartland last week and made a point to stop to check along the river as it opened up there first. I was pleased to find a Snow Goose as it was only the third time I have found one! I plan on continuing to scan the flocks of geese as it'd be nice to find a Cackling or Greater White-fronted Goose.




Thursday, 5 March 2015

Boreal Chickadee

Yesterday a group of us went around the Juniper area for most of the day. We were hoping to see White-winged Crossbills, but none were to be found. We did eventually find Boreal Chickadees however so I was pleased to check these species off my life list. There were at least four around, but they flew around quite fast so they were hard to count and even harder to get a decent picture of one!

I'm now at 191 for NB and 62 for the year in New Brunswick. 62 is the most I've ever seen up to this point in the year so I'm well on my way to beating last year's record of 164 for the year.