Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Birds This Week - 28 May 2013

Some of the birds that visited our feeders this week.
We have at least 6 male and 2 female Baltimore Orioles, as well as at least 1 male and 2 female Orchard Orioles coming by. We have a male and female Ruby Throated Hummingbirds attending but have been unable to get photos of them as yet.
Weather has not been cooperative. Have only been out to walk in the bush once so far this season. Have seen a few Wood Thrushes at a distance but have likely missed most of the migration this year.

Orchard Oriole

Orchard Oriole

Orchard Oriole

Blue Jay

Brown Thrasher

Chipping Sparrow

Gold Finch

Common Grackle

Gray Catbird

House Sparrow

Mourning Doves

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskins, Chipping Sparrow

Redwing Blackbird

Robin

Rose Breasted Grosbeak female

Rose Breasted Grosbeak female

Rose Breasted Grosbeak female

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Fort Whyte Alive - May 23 2013

Fort Whyte

Great day at Fort Whyte today, saw lots of birds but not much waterfowl.
While sitting on a bench on one of the boardwalks that goes across one of the lakes I saw a bird in the distance with a very large wingspan. At first I thought perhaps it was a Heron, but as it drew near it altered its flight and flew directly over us. Turned out to be an Osprey.
We also saw a Swainson's Hawk.
We watched a Canada Goose confrontation and fight. One pair of Geese tried to drive off another pair of Geese that had 2 goslings. The attackers actually drove off the parent birds, then the male goose lowered its head to within inches of one of the goslings, we were very much concerned that it was going to kill the gosling. The male that was driven off then attacked the goose threatening its gosling, the ensuing fight almost crushed the gosling. The parent bird was driven off again. The attacking male remained near the gosling for a time before leaving. We left shortly after this with the two sets of geese still in close proximity of each other and it appeared there would be more fighting.
The two goslings were very young, very small and not able to move very well as yet. The Canada Geese usually have a brood of five or six.
We did see a nest with broken shells but couldn't tell how many eggs had been in the nest.
We saw a total of 17 turtles, 15 of them in about 50 feet.
We heard a Belted Kingfisher call a few times and think we saw two of them in a tree at a distance.
Goose and nest a few feet from the walk, neither Goose was upset with our presence

Blue Wing Teal

Eastern Kingbird

Gold Finches

Goose fight

Start of the confrontation - 1 gosling is center of picture other is out of frame

Mallard

Northern Shoveller

Northern Shoveller Female

Osprey

Osprey

Redwing Blackbird Female

Swainson's Hawk

Turtle Juvenile

Turtles


Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Bird Photos - May 14 2013

Birds for May 14

Here are photos of some of the birds that showed up at our feeders on the morning of May 14th.
Also attending were a White Breasted Nuthatch, Red-wing Blackbird and a Merlin. I was unable to get photos of these.
Wilsons Phalarope - Seen at a pond outside of town 

Chipping Sparrow

Gold Finch one of two

Gold Finch


Mourning Dove

Purple Finch Female

Red Breasted Nuthatch

Yellow Rumped Warbler


Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Blue Jay one of three

Blue Jay

Chickadee with no tail feathers one of two

Downy Woodpecker

Grackle doing its puffy thing

Grackle

Grackle

Hairy Woodpecker

Harris Sparrow one of two

Harris Sparrow

House Sparrow

Pine Siskin one of four

Robin

Rose Breasted Grosbeak

Rose Breasted Grosbeak

Rose Breasted Grosbeak