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;  http://www.birdcanada.com/first-post-new-brunswick/ 


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.





Sunday, 31 August 2014

Tufted Titmouse - Maine

While on vacation in Maine, I got to see my first Tufted Titmouse. There were actually three that came around every morning where we were staying.  I hope to eventually see one in New Brunswick. One was actually spotted in the Saint John area just last week. Not too many are reported in NB though so it might be a while before I do see another one.



Monday, 11 August 2014

Black-belled Plover, Bonaparte Gull - PEI

Here are two species I have yet to see in New Brunswick. The past couple of years I have found them pretty easily over on Prince Edward Island however. Bonaparte Gulls feed right in front of the cottage and I see Black-belled Plovers at the beach we take our boys to.

This trip I found 44 different species. Overall this summer I found 68 but there is still one in question and I will post on that later if I can get confirmation. I'm now up to 88 for my PEI life list. Maybe next year I can bring that up to 100!




Bobolink, Barn Swallow - PEI

Here are two species that are always nice to find over on the island. Many different groups are working hard to help Bobolinks and Barn Swallows so that they can properly nest and have their numbers grow.

At first I thought the first swallow on the power line was a Cliff Swallow. I observed it flying around and noted the different tail and noted it was a juvenile Barn Swallow so that was a neat find.

I heard a lot more Bobolinks that last time I was over to PEI. I only saw the one this trip, but I did get close enough for a decent picture.