Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Whitewater Lake - June 2014 - Series 2

Whitewater Lake - June 2014 - Series 2

Last of our pictures for our June outing. Sadly our camera lens was acting up and of the 800 photos we took only about 50 were half decent.
One set of pictures that didn't turn out was of a Yellow Headed Blackbird doing its courtship ritual, taken in good light at a distance of about 20 feet. We took about 30 photos and not one of them was usable.

Barn Swallow

Black Crowned Night Heron

Blue Winged Teal

Blue Winged Teal

Double Crested Cormorants

Eastern Kingbird

Eared Grebe

Northern Pintail

Red Necked Grebe

Ruddy Duck

Savannah Sparrow

Western Meadow Lark with nesting material

White Faced Ibis

White Faced Ibis



Friday, 20 June 2014

Whitewater Lake - June 2014 - Series 1

Whitewater Lake - June 2014 - Series 1

Spent a day at Whitewater Lake, sadly the lake continues to rise flooding a lot of the mud flats, marshes and some of the roads.

American Avocet

Boardwalk to viewing stand 2012


Boardwalk to viewing stand 2014

American Coot chick




American Coot and chicks at nest


Yellow Headed Blackbird Female
Wilson's Phalarope

Yellow Headed Blackbird Female

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Black Terns - June 17 2014

Black Terns

A flock of Black Terns at one of the ponds. Pictures are not the best as they were quite distant, 100 feet or more. The Terns were diving and skimming the water, took lots of photos but many were poorer than these photos.

Black Terns




Yellow Headed Blackbird - Redheads

Cattle came over to see what was going on


Saturday, 14 June 2014

Assorted birds - June 2014

Assorted birds from the last few weeks


American Goldfinch

American Redstart

Canada Geese

Crow

House Wren

Osprey - Second year in a row we have seen an Osprey in the same location, and both times have not had the right setting on the camera

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Western Meadowlark

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Goldfinch and Robin - June 10 2014

Goldfinch and Robin

The Robin has taken a liking to grape jelly and visits the feeder several times a day.
The Goldfinch was roosting on the feeder pole feeding on ants.
A strange day today, the Robin is chasing the Orioles away from the grape jelly feeder and a male Oriole has taken to chasing male House Sparrows away from a seed feeder. The Orioles usually only eat seed or suet for the first few days after they arrive and haven't been near the seed feeders for over a week. The Oriole picks out the male Sparrows from a group of female Sparrows at the feeder and only chases the males. The females don't seem to bothered by this behavior and continue eating while the male Sparrow flies for his life.

American Goldfinch searching for an ant that had just crawled beneath it




Robin at the grape jelly feeder