Saturday, 10 January 2015

Snowy Owl

Last Saturday morning I got a phone call about a Snowy Owl sighting outside of Hartland. I've only jumped in my car twice to go searching for a bird and both times, they've been for a Snowy Owl! I actually brought along my two oldest boys (ages 2 and 4) to try to see it for ourselves. My oldest, Caleb, has mentioned to me a few times lately that he'd really like to see a Snowy Owl so I was excited that he might be able to see one so soon. We weren't disappointed as it was still there when we arrived.

We could see it off in the distance, but I zoomed in on it with my camera so the boys could have a better look. My two year old, Kyle, has been telling this story all week and describes it as a big white ball of snow and the shape of an egg. Pretty accurate description isn't it?

The photo below has been cropped to the max. I would have liked a better picture, but it wasn't worth disturbing an owl that could be exhausted and starving. It was a great addition to the Hartland Christmas Bird count and helped us finish with 44 species for the area. I'm sure getting to see one will always be a special sighing, but getting to see one with your kids is pretty priceless!

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Ruffed Grouse, Bald Eagle

I was hoping to find Great Horned Owls today, but didn't have any luck. A friend of mine found two outside of Hartland a few weeks ago. Here is one of the pictures he got;
We were out a logging road and I did noticed two Ruffed Grouse. I haven't seen one in a while so it was nice to find two, up a tree of course!

On our way there and back, there were two Bald Eagles perched in a tree. There were lots of branches in the way, so we couldn't get a clear shot. It was enough to just watch them together like that and wasn't worth scaring them off. It was as if they were trying to keep each other warm and no wonder if that was the case!

Monday, 29 December 2014

Carolina Wren, Red-bellied Woodpecker

The Christmas Bird Count for Woodstock took place yesterday. I couldn't take part in a full day count like last year, but I did get to see two species in the morning before my family left for the day.

The Carolina Wren has been around for four months now! I've actually had it in my yard four days in a row day and I've seen it multiple times each day. Cold weather is returning later this week so maybe it will finally head south.

I've had a Red-bellied Woodpecker stop by five times this month. It is pretty difficult to get a picture of. I want it to continue to return so I've only been taking its picture through the window so I don't scare it away.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Pine Siskin - Christmas Bird Count

I don't see a lot of Pine Siskins each year. Yesterday was the Christmas Bird Count for Hartland so we were quite pleased to find two at a feeder we stopped at. Four of us found 29 different species yesterday and another 8 species have been found during the count period so far. Hopefully at least one Pine Siskin will be around for the Woodstock CBC next Sunday!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Red-tailed Hawk

I found two Red-tailed Hawks yesterday! Right after church I drove around Woodstock and Hartland for close to three hours. The first one I found on the Rosedale Road right in someone's yard and the other was on the highway on my way home. The last three or four times I've seen a Red-tailed Hawk, I haven't had my camera so it was great to get a picture of each yesterday.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Red-bellied Woodpecker

There are quite a few different reports of Red-bellied Woodpeckers in New Brunswick this winter. This is the second time I've had one come to my backyard. Even though it came twice this afternoon, I couldn't get much of a picture. It was enough to just watch it for a few minutes as I would much rather it come back again instead of scaring it off just for a better photo!

Sunday, 30 November 2014


It turns out there is a duck even more rare than a Redhead in the lagoon here in Woodstock, a Canvasback! I just returned from there and got to actually spend time studying it with my binoculars and got much better pictures. The picture below isn't the greatest as it is very cloudy today and I didn't want to scare it away, but there is enough to confirm its ID. I appreciate the feedback of a few great birders (Gilles Belliveau, Joanne Savage and Dwayne Biggar) that initially made this suggestion after the picture I posted yesterday. Their guidance helped me know what to look for when I returned today.