Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Least Sandpiper vs Semipalmated Sandpiper - PEI

I got this great shot last week comparing two shorebirds, Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers. There were quite a few around on the beaches and their differences really stood out when they were mixed in together. This was taken at Canoe Cove. 

Monday, 10 August 2015

Great Egret

I can't say I've ever been this close to a Great Egret as I was tonight and I've certainly never seen more than one in the same spot, let alone four all together! Many folks around Woodstock have got to enjoy this bunch for the past few days, they are quite the sight.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Ruddy Turnstone - PEI

I don't see much for shorebirds in the county that I live in New Brunswick. When its time to vacation over on Prince Edward Island however, I usually have a couple of opportunities to see some different one's.
We just returned from our second visit of the summer and unfortunately, the sun wasn't out very much. My 3 and 5 year old still wanted to go to the beach though so we drove a few minutes down the road to Canoe Cove. We didn't stay long because it was just too windy and cloudy, but I was pleased to see two Ruddy Turnstones. I have yet to see this species in NB so it was great to observe them for a few minutes yesterday afternoon.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Cartoons about Birds for Kids

My wife and I have three boys under the age of 6 and we pay close attention to what they can watch. Two shows that they enjoy are Berenstain Bears (a classic!) and more recently, The Cat in the Hat. These two episodes really got my attention because they relate to birds and conservation. Killdeer, Canada Goose, Purple Martin and others are mentioned in these two episodes. They are a great tool to teach children about birds!

The Cat in the Hat - Migration Vacation

Berenstain Bears - Showdown at Birder's Wood

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Purple Martin

I made a trip to the Gagetown area and got to check two species on my life list. There were two Black Terns and eight Purple Martins. A birding college, Joanna Savage, let me know about an enormous Purple Martin house just outside of Gagetown. You can see in the photo that it was raining and if you look closely, you can see a female peeking out beside the male.
Thanks to ebird, I noticed that Black Terns were consistently being spotted in the area as well so I was pleased to bring my total for NB up to 196 and 149 for the year.

Willow Flycatcher

The best way to know if you have seen a Willow, Alder or Least Flycatcher is by hearing it. Each species is fairly quiet in the fall so now is the time to hear them sing and tell them apart. I was fortunate to hear and see two Willow Flycatchers recently and check this species off my life list. It is one I'd still like to find around Woodstock as I saw them in the Fredericton area (Wilkin's Field).

Canada Warbler, Magnolia Warbler

Canada Warblers are hard to find in New Brunswick compared to Magnolia Warblers. It is a threatened species in this province and others so I've enjoyed getting to see and hear them the past couple of years along the Meduxnekeag Trails. A group of us hiked the trails for three hours recently and found two Canada Warblers singing high in the trees. One came down for a closer look, but it flew around so fast it was hard to get much of a photo.