Thursday, 7 December 2017

Birds and Berries - Part 5 - American Robins

This is almost the end of this line of posts since the robins arrived in large numbers and stripped the trees of their remaining berries. After taking these shots and leaving at the end of the day I had hopes that I could return several more times to take pictures. I was amazed that on the following day by early afternoon the only berries remaining were the ones a few robins were cleaning up that had fallen to the ground. There was one bird in the flock that stood out from the rest so I'll save those pictures for a subsequent post. November 11,  East Jordan NS.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Birds and Berries - Part 4 - Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak

 Shortly after the male arrived, there were at least two female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks feeding in the same area. I managed to find one in good light late in the day on one occasion to get these shots. These birds somewhat resemble a large female Purple finch but with a much larger bill and more striking head pattern. November 7, East Jordan.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Birds and Berries - Part 3 - Scarlet Tanager

As I mentioned in a previous post there had been a Summer Tanager in the area and as I waited for the possibility of that bird showing up in a spot where I could get a decent photo this Scarlet Tanager arrived instead. While I'm not that happy with the quality of the shots - again, it was soft light and the bird wasn't in the best spot for a photo - I was very exited to see this bird since they are a rarity here.

I'm more familiar with how they look in the Spring with their bright red plumage that gives them their name. This may be the first time I've seen a male in Winter plumage, at least in the past twenty years or so. I have a faint recollection of seeing one in the Fall with faint wing bars when I first started birding that had me confused at the time but does occur in some juveniles. November 1, East Jordan.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Incoming - Juvenile Great Blue Heron

I almost forgot about these shots. I took these while waiting for something to land among the mountain ash berries. I knew this bird was around but was a little startled when it flew in. I haven't seen it in recent days so maybe it did the smart thing and moved on before things begin to freeze up here. October 22, East Jordan.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Birds and Berries - Part 2 - Northern Parula

Unlike in the previous post this bird was not attracted to the berries but rather to the bugs that were perhaps attracted to the berries. Whatever the case it spent enough time in these trees that I was able to take many photos, a few of which I'll share here.  On a later day I realized there was a pair of Northern Parulas at this location so I'm only assuming it's the same bird in all these shots. October 30, East Jordan.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Birds and Berries - Part 1 - Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak

I took a lot of shots over a period of a week or so of birds feeding on Mountain Ash berries at the same location in East Jordan. The first was this male Rose-breasted Grosbeak shot on October 29. There had been a Summer Tanager at the same location which I had overlooked initially because my attention was drawn by a mostly blue male Indigo bunting which I failed to get a decent photo of.  This bird was the last of 3 species that I was lucky enough to find on the first day.  I shot this one in soft light, the sun wasn't always shining and the area was in shade when it did until late day.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Western Kingbird

I found this bird on October 20 here in East Jordan NS. This is the first time I've seen this species in several years. It is very similar to its Eastern cousin in habits but couldn't be more different in appearance with it's bright yellow belly and pale grey head and back. I checked again the following day but couldn't find it. I was hoping for better images but had to be satisfied with these.

When I first found the bird it was on the perch in the bottom photo which was a great spot for a photo but I couldn't get close enough. I was lucky to have the bird land close by for the top image but, typical for a Kingbird it landed on the top of the tree so I could only get a belly shot.