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.
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 Sandhills are plentiful these days, this flock in the Stayner area is well over 1000 birds. Daily, smaller flocks are passing over our farm in the Beaver Valley, we can usually hear them before we see them as they are very noisy when flying … they sound like a litter of young racoons at war. I literally look around for racoons, then noticed the sound is coming from the sky.
Hunted nearly to extinction these beautiful ducks are making a comeback here in Ontario. Distinctively North American, they are not found anywhere other than the wetland forests of eastern North America.
Many of the blue Herons have flown south for the warmer weather, perhaps the one knows about the Hurricane hitting the east coast today and decided to stay a little longer, but I doubt it. This one was settling in for the evening and eventually went to sleep whit’s head tucked in.
Wasaga Beach is a great place to family portraits, which is what I was doing when Tammy pointed out this shore bird running in the surf. I was intent on what I was doing and it had run right up behind me. So of course I took a few photos, challenging to identify it’s first year fall/winter plumage. they spend the summers in the high Arctic, migrating south for winter.
This family was working their way along the shore line, I stayed somewhat still, and they walked right by me minding their own business. I feel good when my presence doesnt interrupt what they were doing and they continue on without giving me much notice. As they mosey along finding bugs to feed the chick, they also tried to show it where the bugs are found and encouraged it to pick them up. Fascinating.
This is a Florida bird from earlier in the spring. They look prehistoric to me, I am somewhat infatuated with them and would love to search out a wild flock to photograph. This single bird was at a popular state park known for birding. Spoonbills have a large, flat, spatulate bills and feed by wading through shallow water, sweeping the partly opened bill from side to side trading small aquatic creatures inside… info from my iBird ap.
Why the fake bird? Biologists are trying to establish the population on Sarasota Beach, unfortunately the local crows enjoy the eggs so a girl goes out each morning and places these decoys and eggs. The idea is that the crows eat the decoy eggs which are actually some other birds eggs. These decoy eggs have been injected with a substance that will cause the crow to vomit and not like plover eggs. hmmmm
These gulls are everywhere along the Florida shore line. Efficient clean up crews pick up any little morsel left behind on the beaches. These photos were taken at Siesta Key Beach at sunset. ( it was late being assigned #174, missed this one)
The beaches at Siesta Key Florida are so very beautiful, these Willets run up and down the beach in the sunset looking for snacks in the sand, how lucky they are! Willets are often seen alone. They walk deliberately, pausing to probe for crabs, worms and other prey in sand and mudflats, or to pick at insects and mollusks.