Wednesday, November 30, 2011
That prospect doesn't stop me from trying. The ones that got away in the St. John's area are many. I have tried multiple times to see: Blue-headed Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Snowy Owl, King Eider, Lincoln Sparrow, Gray Catbird, Black Scoter, Orange-crowned Warbler and most recently a Pine Warbler. I wish it weren't so but I missed them all.
Will I reach my target number of birds over the next 31 days? Not likely!
These pictures clearly show the white patch on the front of the head that will change to black as the bird matures.
There is a maxim of birding. You may not see exactly what you are going to see but if you put yourself out there in typically "birdy" places, you will surely see something special.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
In both situations this species of bird made us work very hard to get a good look at them. Next time I come across an American Pipit, I will factor in the behaviour that we witnessed on both occasions. That may help. It is likely that if this had been one of our target birds that they would have flown for the nearby woods and left the beach entirely.
I can't describe how it feels to finally get a bead on a bird that is difficult to identify. It is the thrill of the hunt combined with the satisfaction of recognizing the bird and capturing a record shot that is so special. I can't tell you how the sands of time flow through the hour glass when actively engaged in this type of birding.
Monday, November 28, 2011
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Sunday, November 27, 2011
The birds were on the move!
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
I was alone soaking up the surroundings and gazing at this Greater Yellowlegs standing on this rock. It was the only bird in the area at the moment. It was then that my phone rang and the voice on the other end said, "Turn around." I did and there was the welcome face of another birder who had also grabbed a moment after supper to check out the birds.
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Thursday, November 24, 2011
Even though the female plumage is very different from the male, it is still clearly a Ruddy Duck.
We have been experiencing consistently high winds for the last two weeks. With that kind of fast "air" we could see just about anything fall into our wintry island.
Winter indeed arrived in Newfoundland last night. There was at least 18 inches of snow in my driveway this morning and it is still falling. This really kicked up the Junco activity at my feeder today. I will have to dart out in the back yard and top up the feeders soon.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
At this time of year, I guess, this is very common so when anything else pops up it is worth chasing down.
What was it? The mind starts processing: It was too small for a crow and its behaviour was not like a crow. It was about the size of a Robin but it was too dark. What was it?
Monday, November 21, 2011
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