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.
Wow these birds are the kings of song, with 3000 distinct songs, they win. This one was just moving through and stopped in the yard during a rain storm, I was lucky to see it.
I am sure some birds detect the focus beam on my camera, he didn’t even look my way until the focus was prompted… then he looked straight at the camera.
Open the post and press play to hear the sound of a Bittern, it’s quite remarkable!
One of my favourites to find… you know your near one when you hear a cottage pump making an off sound, and when you locate the sound, you will find a shy Bittern… oong-ka-chunk…
Cowbirds are brood parasites. They deposit their eggs in nests belonging to birds of other species. Some of the birds they parasitize remove the eggs from their nests or cover them with new nesting material so they are not incubated.
They do like to be around large animals such as cows so they can eat bugs caused by the herd disturbing the ground.
Known for it’s song, the song sparrow is hard to imitate even for the Mocking Birds … found just about everywhere except in front of my camera… finally have a photo of one!
These are one of my favourite birds, easily trained to come for food, they are a delight to hand feed. They don’t migrate and stay in their territory year round. They manage to do this by storing enough food in bark and crevices to be able to feed all winter. The young have an early start, hatching mid winter, hardy as can be, true Canadians. Canadian Geographic conducted a survey and found out that this bird was voted most suitable to be our national bird and it was nominated.
Such a common bird, I can’t get over how the light reflects such beautiful colours. These early birds were digging through the leaves looking for bugs or worms, they seemed to have some success even though the ground is fairly frozen still.
When you see a tagged bird, you can send the details in the to Birds Bander’s, and they will get back to you with information as to the age of the bird and where it was banded. these birds are migrating so it would be interesting to find out where they are from. https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBL/bblretrv/
Within 24 hours I received two certificates which can be viewed as you scroll through the batch of swan photos.
Trumpeters were at one time hunted to the point of reducing its numbers significantly, they have now bounced back to a population world wide of about 18,000.
Tundra Swans are identifiable by a tiny yellow patch below their eyes, other than this they look a lot like Trumpeter Swans. These have a strong international population of about 300,000 and are doing well. They nest in the far north up in Alaska and Baffin Island, they are just passing through these parts after spending the winter in the south.
I met a nice birder with a powerful scope, through the scope we could clearly identify the yellow patch, however it was a cold day and my lens was only so powerful, trust me the yellow patches were there 🙂
This was a new bird for me, I had made a category for it which sat empty after I realized I had a case of mistaken it’s identity. So finally here is my first post of Tundra Swans.
The Snowy Owl migration is well under way, there are a few stragglers left, they have been heading up the Bruce Peninsula to their summer nesting grounds way, way up north. Enjoy this sequence of one landing on a farm fence post.