Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Eastern Kingbird, Red-tailed Hawk - PEI

My family just returned from another trip to Prince Edward Island. Once again, anything I happened to see or hear, I had at least one of my boys with me. I still managed to check 10 more species off my PEI life list bringing me up to 87. Just in the two trips we have made this summer, I'm up to 64 species.

I found two Eastern Kingbirds at the Cornwall sewage lagoon last week. There was also a Red-tailed Hawk that soared above the cottage for a few minutes over the weekend.




Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Killdeer, Savannah Sparrow

I found two Killdeer an two Savannah Sparrows yesterday. With such a great zoom on my camera I can get a close shot while staying far enough that the birds don't fly away on me.




Double-crested Cormorant, Common Yellowthroat

A dozen or so cormorants stick around Woodstock for most of the summer. I'd like to get a close enough shot of the inside of their mouth someday as its completely blue and their eyes are quite unique.

Common Yellowthroats are well, common. The males get quite loud and often the females (pictured) make you think for a minute that you have found a completely different type of warbler.



Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Least Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird

Flycatchers are a tricky bunch to ID. I started memorizing each of their calls and that has made all the difference in finding a few different types around Woodstock. Least Flycatchers seem to be the most common type around here. I'm hoping to find a Willow, Great Crested and Yellow-bellied this year and if I can find each one in Carleton County, that would be even better.

Right now I can find Eastern Kingbirds in a few different spots without too much trouble. I've never seen one over on Prince Edward Island however. Apparently they aren't nearly as common compared to here in New Brunswick. It is really interesting that you can drive just a few hours away and see so many different (to you) birds.





Monday, 14 July 2014

Wood Duck, Common Goldeneye

It is that time of year!



Cedar Waxwing, Belted Kingfishers

There are lots of Cedar Waxwings around these past few weeks. It is easy to hear them flying overhead pretty much anywhere.

I found three Belted Kingfishers in the same area a few days ago and got a picture of two of them together. They sure were noisy all flying around together!



Confusing Birds Quiz

There are quite a few confusing birds out there, but here are 5 that often get mixed up. Each of them baffled me at one point or another and a couple still cause me to do a double-take.

I will leave this post for a bit and will include the correct title for each at a later time. Please feel free to comment and take a stab at each one!