Thursday, March 09, 2017

First duck sighting for 2017

My heart gave a joyful heart leap of 'spring optimism' this morning when I saw this Black Duck in the river as seen from the highway bridge at Hoyt. I was surprised that my first duck sighting of this late winter period was a Black Duck as I usually see Common Goldeneye here or better still Hooded Mergansers. However this assurance this morning that ducks are on their way, tells me that I will soon also be seeing Goldeneye or Megansers too at this location.' "Oh Happy Day"!


Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Red-tailed Hawk

The interesting thing about a Red-tailed Hawk sighting is that I seldom see its red tail.  However on Monday morning of this week I drove to my favourite spring duck sighting area hoping to see a returned Common Goldeneye or perhaps a pair of Hooded Mergansers.  But no ducks in sight; however I did see huge bird in flight. I didn't see any distinctive markings on it but I raised my camera and was able to pan an image of the bird in flight.
When downloading my pictures at home I was very pleased and surprised to see an outstanding  feature of the bird which  led me to making a confident id! You will see what I mean by viewing the photo below!

 I believe the photo above is showing us a Red-tailed Hawk. Do you agree with me? Perhaps I may find it again as it was in the area where I go looking for returned duck migrants every day.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Finally Snow Buntings

I have  been looking and watching for Snow Buntings all winter and it has been only this week that I have seen a small flock of Snow buntings twice.  When you see a white swirling uplifting from the roadside drifting over a snowy field , you can be quite sure that Yes, you have found Snow Buntings, such as was my experience on Friday.  It was not possible to get a photo mid-air but as the birds landed on a tree and perched on its branches. I was fortunate in being able to document my sighting!


Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Cedar Waxwing for Saturday Critters

On Wednesday of this week we had our first snowstorm and also a large flock of Cedar Waxwings.  there would have bee over 100 waxwings  They flew from a three point feeding station area.  First to a flowering crab-apple tree to the side corner of our lawn, then to the top of our bower which was covered with rosehips and then into Bid Alley where we have another flowering crab-apple tree covered with small tiny, crab-apple and then they would take a rest in their foraging by landing en masse in our old Maples along our driveway.  As it was snowing and I hadn't yet gotten out my winter boots I did't go out top try for better pictures but just keep watch out of our windows.  It was lovely!

I am linking today with Eileen's Saturday Critters at http://viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.ca/
Have a wonderful Saturday everyone. Ann

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

White-breasted Nuthatch

 This beautiful little Nuthatch is a daily visitor feeding daily on our peanut feeders.