Wow this one doesn’t make holes in trees, instead it hops along the branches foraging for insects… that’s different.
Well I did a U turn today and went from the original plan to photographing loons. I was glad I did. Have a look at the size of fish the parent is attempting to feed the juvenile, it was relatively huge, yet it gulped it down!
Not surprising it is related to the Cardinal! A group of grosbeaks is called a “gross” of grosbeaks … who knew?
Carefully lifting the bark to see what it was he could hear behind the bark, fascinating behaviors.
Looks like a whole different bird than the males, this one had me stumped for months… finally posted it!
On a dull day, they seem so brightly coloured.
Here is Canada this is an endangered endangered, hard to find at the best of times, they are where the bugs are.. in wet forested bogs
The beauties are found flitting around in the underbrush where they also nest. they don’t mind people passing by, if your inclined to stroll thru bug infested wetlands, you might be able to walk right up to one.
These interesting birds blend right in with the underbrush and old leaves found on the forest floor. They are quiet and rarely seen, eating worms found under decaying leaves.
The only orange throated warbler in North America is named after Anna Blackburn, an English botanist. We rarely see them as they live high up in the tree tops eating bugs.
I laughed when I saw this, many ski resorts have a “bra tree”, some people hate it, little kids wonder about it, and many laugh. Which is what I did when I came across the “bra fence” near Gravenhurst.
While photographing a horse show I noticed some commotion on a hill near some spectators. This Killdeer was working hard to distract th spectators from walking on its nest. After the show I went to see what the commotion was all about, the Killdeer changed antics becoming more and more wounded the closer I got, I quietly walked past the nest taking a couple of photos without stopping and let them be.
Wetlands with lots of shrubs or fallen trees make great bug habitat, and where there are bugs you will also find Warblers. This Yellow was busy searching out snacks in the spring flood.
Never heard of them? Neither had I, however we have all heard them and mistaken them for frogs or just assumed we were hearing general marsh sounds. This is one of the many songs they sing:
The Sora is found in freshwater marshes, flood fields, and swamps, where they walk around like little chickens pecking at the water. The biggest threat to these birds is wetlands being drained, as this is where they nest. Having been over hunted, they have made a come back due to the high survival rate of chicks.
In the country you never know what is going to come strolling thru your yard … this youngster seems to have become separated from it’s flock and has come by the feeder three days in a row now. Maybe we have a new fowl on the farm.
The largest of the sparrows, this one was a nice reddish brown with a lovely song.