Monday, 27 April 2015

Tree Swallow on Ice

April 13th was the first day I saw Tree Swallows this year. I think they may have been surprised to find many of the lakes and ponds
frozen over when they arrived given our late winter. This guy was having a hard time trying to get a drink although there was a bit of
open water.
This was the first look I had of a swallow this year. April 13, East Jordan.

Purple Sandpiper

There was one lone Purple Sandpiper on the rocks here in East Jordan on April 13. The first time I've seen them up in the bay
for a few years.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Robin and worm

Robin and worm sequence from April 13. Starting with the tug-of-war and ending with the satisfied Robin with a full belly.

Red-winged Blackbirds

These were an added bonus from the Woodcock quest. It was nice to be able to photograph these birds against the snow. April 11, East Jordan.


I had heard reports of Woodcock being in the area and decided to check in a spot I've found them in the past. It didn't take long to
find one but it was a little harder to get a decent picture. They generally flush before they let you get too close. This was
the best I could do through the underbrush of one of the three or more that were there. April 11, East Jordan.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Bald Eagle - 2nd Year Immature

I think this guy might have thought I was a potential meal or maybe he/she was just after the muskrat that was
feeding on the ice in front of me moments before. April 11, East Jordan

Hooded Mergansers

These were the birds I was attempting to shoot when the Wood Ducks arrived. Since they're divers they had less of an issue with the ice.
They stayed for a few days but have since departed. April 6, East Jordan.

Wood Ducks

There was still considerable ice in our pond when the Wood Ducks arrived, it has since opened up completely.
I think it made feeding difficult and I watched the five that appeared unannounced leave as a group after swimming the
length of the brook. April 6, East Jordan.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Eagles in the Marsh

I had been noticing Eagles hanging out near the local pond recently although I hadn't had  chance to check it out. When I finally did, this was the first bird
I saw carrying the remains of what appears to be a fish skeleton.

I thought the bird had left until it flew into my viewfinder as I scouted for ducks.

I'm not sure what it was after - ducks or muskrat possibly - as it landed in the marsh.

When it took flight it flew directly toward me.

This is probably a 1st year immature Bald Eagle - not showing any white on the head or tail yet lacking the lighter belly of a 2nd year bird.

I think it was startled by the sound of my camera shutter and turned to fly in the opposite direction.

A little later a second bird flew in - this one a second year bird with a mostly white underside. April 5, East Jordan

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

White-breasted Nuthatch - Male

My resident White-breasted Nuthatch seemed to be acting strangely - going to places out of it's usual routine. Then it occurred to me this was a
different bird - a male with the full dark cap. Possibly a mate for the female? April 5.

Female photographed back in December for comparison. Still a regular until early April although I haven't seen either in the last couple of days.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Red- breasted Nuthatches in Flight

I was practicing getting these birds in flight - these are possibly the two best attempts. March 31st and April 1st  East Jordan.

Snow Bunting

I've been falling behind in my postings - time to start catching up. These shots are from back in March when I found
two lone Snow Buntings at the end of West Head. These are all shots of the paler of the two, the other bird already
starting to get it's summer breeding plumage and appearing quite dark on it's back. Possibly the male?  March 29