Sunday, 23 November 2014

Northern Cardinal

This female Northern Cardinal was at my parents house this afternoon for a few minutes. It is the best picture I've managed to get of one in quite a while (I wasn't even outside to get this clear shot, it was through the window!). Since spring, I've seen one almost every month but they don't stick around very long so it can be a challenge to capture a decent photo.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Lesser Scaup & Bohemian Waxwing

The sewage lagoon in Woodstock still has a nice variety of waterfowl even though it is nearly December. I'm hoping a few different species stick around for the Christmas Bird Count which begins on the 14th next month. There were eight Lesser Scaup still there and this male was close enough to the fence for me to get a decent picture.

Some of the typical winter birds have arrived in Woodstock. I had my first American Tree Sparrow and Evening Grosbeak of the winter just last week. I also found a dozen Bohemian Waxwings just up from the lagoon last weekend. There are of reports of Pine Siskins, Gray Jays, Pine Grosbeaks, Common Redpolls and White-winged Crossbills across NB so there should be a much better variety of birds compared to last winter!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Horned Grebe & White-winged Scoter

Yesterday was a great day for birding. I ended up finding 3 lifers, 5 new species for the county and 4 I had yet to see this year. My two year old was really excited to join me and asked if we could find an owl :) He was quite content to jump in all the puddles, throw rocks in the river and look at the ducks.

I couldn't get a picture of the American Pipits or Lapland Longspurs that I found in a field, maybe next time. I'm also hoping the Red-bellied Woodpecker returns to my yard as I only got to see it for a minute and no picture either.

So thanks to yesterday I'm at 158 species for Carleton County (146 for the year) and 188 for New Brunswick (161 for the year).

Below are photos of a Horned Grebe and White-winged Scoter that I found along the Saint John River around the Woodstock Marina.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

White-throated & White-crowned Sparrows

My backyard has been pretty busy these past few weeks. I consistently get around a dozen Purple Finches, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is still around and both nuthatches make daily visits. Yesterday I even had two Ruby-crowned Kinglets that were passing through. Of course the usual's are still around too like Mourning Doves, Blue Jays, Black-capped Chickadees and American Goldfinches. Also, just when I thought it had moved on, my Carolina Wren was around after supper. I have seen or heard it for almost 6 weeks now!

My newest birds to my yard are what is pictured below. First two adult White-crowned Sparrows showed up and now three juveniles (2nd photo) have been here for a week now. I also am getting between 8-10 White-throated Sparrows along with a few Song Sparrows too. The Chipping Sparrows have moved on, but soon American Tree Sparrows and the Dark-eyed Junco's should both be regulars. 

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Gray Catbird, Blue-headed Vireo

The majority of the time, I go birding alone. Today however, my four year old son tagged along and it was great to have his company. Four year old's ask the best questions and are incredibly observant. He actually called out a sparrow that I didn't even notice was there! (he goes around phishing just like I do)

We got to see and hear five Gray Catbirds (he gets a kick out of their name and even more out of how they sound) and a Blue-headed Vireo. I don't often see Blue-headed Vireos, but it was funny because once we got home, there were two right in the backyard! I feel like in the second picture, it was sticking its head right out at me so that it was very clear what kind of bird it is.

Carolina Wren - 100th post!

For over three weeks now, I have either consistently seen or at least heard a Carolina Wren right in my backyard. It is quite a challenge to get a decent picture as it really only appears at dusk. It has been around so long that I have been fortunate enough to hear many of its different songs and calls. 

I actually started to post on another birding site last month. My first post was actually about the Carolina Wren and when I first noticed it in my yard. On the 23rd of every month I will be posting so I will often save different pictures to post on Bird Canada. Here is last month's post; 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Bay-breasted Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler

Yesterday I noticed a new bird without even having to leave my backyard! A Bay-breasted Warbler showed up along with a Yellow, Common Yellowthroat and Black-throated Green Warblers (second picture).

I've now had 77 different species visit or flyover my yard. This also makes for 153 different species in NB for the year so I am that much closer to beating my record of 16.