Thursday, November 29, 2007

Reds and Greys

A small number of Common Redpolls Carduelis flammea of the nominate subspecies flammea were hanging around the seed feeders at the Algonquin Visitor Centre. The buffier individuals, like the bird above, would appear to be first winters, whilst the greyer (and in one case, very much pinker!) birds would appear to be adults.

An adult male.

Adult, sex unknown.

Another adult.

Two typically tame Grey Jays found along the old railway bed off the Arowhon Road at Algonquin Park.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Pine Grosbeaks at Algonquin

A weekend trip to Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario allowed me to finally see Pine Grosbeaks, after having heard many in recent weeks. Up to 22 of these beautiful finches were present at the Visitor Centre on Saturday 25th November, and the views were pretty good!..

Some examples of pink adult males and a duller adult female (told from 1st-winter birds by the rounded, rather than pointed, tail feathers) are shown here.

Adult Female - not as bright, but still good.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Snow Geese in Markham

These four adult Snow Goose were present in a stormwater pond at the edge of a new housing development in northeast Markham. Nearby, an adult Ross's Goose was with Canada Geese in a field close to Reesor Pond. As a waterfowl sceptic, I wonder if these birds are all of wild origin.

Also present was this adult dark phase Snow Goose.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Eastern Kingbird

Looking southwards. Kingbirds are one of the first species to migrate out of Ontario in late summer.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Algonquin Creatures

A rather tasty male Parula.

The quite exotic looking Calico Pennant Celithemis elisa

What big eyes you have.

I think this is an Amber-winged Spreadwing Lestes eurinus. In theory the 'amber' washed wings should make identification straightforward!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

American Bittern

Not really the bittern I was hoping for, but nice enough....

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Carden Plain Birds

Wilson's Snipe - fond of fenceposts.

Carden Plain (a Canadian IBA) is an extensive area of globally rare alvar habitat about two hours north of Toronto. The flat limestone bedrock is either completely exposed or covered in only a thin layer of soil, resulting in dry, praire-like conditions which support a unique assemblage of flora and fauna.

I love the weird sounds Upland Sandpipers make.

Grasshopper Sparrows are pretty common at Carden.

Possibly the most photographed Eastern Bluebirds in Canada - the residents of box number 10 on Wylie Road.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Ebony Jewelwing

Ebony Jewelwing Calopteryx maculata (male) up close....

....and up closer.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Two Skimmers

Four-spotted Skimmer (or Chaser) Libellula quadrimaculata, King City, Ontario

Twelve-spotted Skimmer Libellula pulchella (female), King City, Ontario.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Some Flowers from the Bruce Peninsula

Yellow Lady's Slipper - ubiquitous along paths and on roadside verges!

Ram's Head Orchid at Singing Sands

Striped Coralroot on Flowerpot Island - part of the Bruce Peninsula National Park in Ontario.

Some Dragonflies

Dot-tailed Whiteface (male)

Chalk-fronted Corporal (male)

Widow Skimmer (immature male)

Monday, May 14, 2007

Scarlet & Yellow

This male Yellow-throated Warbler, trapped at the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station on the 11th of May, was a first for the park.

Dazzling male Scarlet Tanager at TTP.

Shorebirds at Tommy Thompson Park

This handsome Marbled Godwit was present in the wetland restoration cell at Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto on the 12th of May.

Dunlin (left) and White-rumped Sandpiper (right) also in the wetland restoration cell at Tommy Thompson Park. Both these pictures were digi-scoped by Julia Marko Dunn.

Spotted Sandpiper.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow at McKenzie Marsh in Aurora, Ontario

This Least Sandpiper was one of 14 present at Reesor Pond in Markham, Ontario.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Buteo platypterus

This migrant Broad-winged Hawk spiralled upwards on the late morning thermals and then glided off to the north.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Black & Yellow

Pine Warbler in a pine tree (no surprise) at the Cawthra Mulock Reserve near Newmarket.

A male Rusty Blackbird doing his best 'rusty hinge' impression (sound not included).

Friday, April 20, 2007

More New Arrivals

Male Savannah Sparrow on song 'post'.

Osprey over the south end of the Holland River Marsh complex.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Nothing of Interest

Great Blue Heron.

American Tree Sparrows are still lingering as spring drags it's heels....

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Fox Hunting

Some more obliging Fox Sparrows