Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Baby Canada Geese

Sometimes I really get a surprise when I download my pictures! This morning, while standing on an observation deck overlooking the Oromocto river I saw something  moving across the river below.  It seemed to be something large moving but at first I couldn't make out what it was,.  Then I noticed the white neck notch on the moving objects which told me I was looking at a couple of |Canada Geese.  They were at quite a distant but I tried to take their pictures anyway. ( I never pass up an opportunity to take a picture of a bird!)

I was very surprised when I downloaded the pictures at home and  I saw four little yellow babies in the pictures following the adult Canada.  How I wish it were a better picture as this download has made my day!
Can you see the four babies?
 I have edited the above picture to try to give you a closer view of the babies.  I hope I am able to find them and see them again!

Monday, June 02, 2014

Northern Flicker

One day last week I saw a bird high on a branch of an old dead tree.  From where I was sitting in my car I couldn't tell what species it was, and initially I thought it appeared to be a pigeon as I saw a white patch on its back.  , but I was not used to seeing pigeons in the woods,and I was out in the woods on an old gravel road.  I took as many pictures as I could as I had my small telephoto on my camera ( 250 mm IS canon) or maybe it was my (300mm nikon) .  
The fun began as I downloaded my pictures when I returned home and I could see the characteristic

markings of a yellow-shafted taiga eastern northern flicker.  The markings on this species are ideal for identification and I started with the yellow shafted feathers as this bird had turned and raised its tail and the golden yellow could be seen underneath.  Have a look. I love this feature of this bird as the yellow colouring is so beautiful!

The first obvious markings that stated that it was a flicker was the black crescent shape on its breast.  This marking shouted flicker!
Also take a look at the photo above and you can see that the flicker has its claw wrapped around a twig jutting out from the branch, holding on! See its black crescent shape on its breast.
The eastern flicker also has a brown face and a black malar on its jaw as this one does .
I had been confused about the white rump marking  this bird had and had not known that  this white marking is also characteristic of northrrn flickers.; but it is!
Usually I see Flickers flying off from the side of a road or else in a field , but this one high in the sky offerred me some good views of the whole bird while it was in a stationary position.

I saw a swallowtail butterfly in my yard yesterday and the lilacs are blossoming out so hopefully in a few days I will be able to post some butterfly pictures!
Wishing everyone a good day!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wood Aneome

Sharing the beauty found along a woodland trail: Wood Aneome.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Rose- breasted Grosbeak for Saturday Critters

This Grosbeak is still hanging around bird alley and its favourite choice of food is black-oiled sunflower seeds. I found him feeding on the ground just in front of our bay window and I was able to get some close ups that show a few of its markings
 that I had not noticed before. Under each wing at the front is also a patch of its beautiful rose colour and down each side is a line of black dashes.  how interesting! In the picture below you can also see the rpose wing patch and the black dashes!

Today I am linking to Saturday Critters hosted by Eileen. Thank you Eileen for hosting this meme. Why not join the photo party with Eileen at

My apologies as I first called rhis grosbeak an evening Grosbeak, but I actually knew it was a Rose breasted grosbeak, I just made an error when tying in its name.  Thank you for the correction in the comments section!

Friday, May 23, 2014


Its warbler season again and I love finding these little birds.  sometimes one will wander into bird alley but often I have to go further a field to find one, which is what I did yesterday. The little warbler I found was a familiar and a favourite one.  My husband has nicknamed this warbler "the Lone Ranger" bird as it wears a black mask across its eyes. You can see its  black mask in the picture below! Only the male of this species has the black mask.

  1. Its real name is a male Common Yellowthroat which is prominently displayed at its throat.

This warbler is a very pretty little bird , don't you think?!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Tree Swallows

I have a mental spring checklist and this morning I decided to check an old unused electrical box where in recent years I have found Tree Swallows nesting.  And at the first look at the electrical box I saw no swallows, however about 5 minutes later when passing by again I saw that there was a Swallow peering out of the hole in the electrical box.  Great,! the Swallow have nested there again for this year.  For some reason we no longer have Tree Swallows nesting in our swallow house and we miss them.  We saw this swallow species circling around our bird house earlier this spring but none decided to nest there.  We have had nesting swallows faithfully for many years until the last 3 or 4 years.  We are not sure why not, but we do wish they would return. I shall continue to moniter this nest site until the end of June when the new babies will be leaving their nest at about that time!

the abandonded unused electrical box adjacent to a newly plowed field.
 Tree Swallow peering out from its chosen nest site in an old, unused electrical box
 The Tree Swallow appears to be quite contented in its chosen location for nesting!

Next on my spring checklist is to locate more swallows.  perhaps Cliff Swallows or Barn Swallows.
I am also watching for Painted Turtles and Snapping Turtles!