Sunday, September 30, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
This handsome little sparrow is not a regular visitor at our feeders, but rather a migrant that drops in at our feeder area during a few days in the spring, and then again for a few days in the fall on its returning migratory flight south. White-crowned Sparrows are easily identified by their black and white crown, unstreaked breast and orange-pink bill.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I found a Dragonfly in the water rapidly beating its wings while holding onto a blade of grass. I dipped the end of my shoe under the blade and lifted it and the dragonfly landed on my pant leg and from there onto the shore. After a moment of two it flew away appearing to be unharmed by its watery experience.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Driving along the highway I had seen one mid-way on the road ahead walking across. I immediately slowed and pulled over and put on my flashers to alert others of my stopping; and also to slow oncoming traffic as well. (this is not a very busy highway) I have seen these birds cause a vehicle to serve around one to avoid hitting it for a Ruffed Gruose will often take its time strolling across. Thnking that I would have to take a photo through my not too clean windshield, I started to do that when I looked to my left and saw another partidge starting to cross. What great luck. As the second grouse was halfway across I saw another on the left shoulder, however, something must have frightened it for the third Ruffed Grouse suddenly flew across to join the other two which by now had disappered from sight.
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Friday, September 21, 2007
It wasn't until afternoon that I took my daily walk to the river. As I approached the bridge I saw a lively little warbler that seemed to be jumping for joy at the fineness of the day. It was busily moving about; darting here and there. When I got closer, it turned as if to introduce itself, and displayed its yellow rump giving me immediate recognition of a Yellow-rumped Warbler. It seemed to delight in its movements and was flying about from one side of the bridge railing to the other. It would find a new location to perch upon and then be gone again as quickly as it had arrived.
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Thursday, September 20, 2007
At first glance I had thought female Mallard or Black Duck; but then I noticed the very dark bill which neither have. Also the white at the base of the bill was suggesting 'teal' to me. David Sibley's, Guide to Birds (p.87), points out the "dark eye-line and white eye-arcs" of the female adult Blue-winged Teal, both of which this duck exhibts. We could hear other duck sounds, closeby in the thick marsh grasses alongside the open waterway. This appears then, to be a female Blue-winged Teal with young nearby.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Located about a block and a half away from my home is an old dead tree situated beside the highway overlooking the river. I always glance at it as I drive by for I sometimes see an Osprey there: surveying the waters below watching for Gaspereau. This time however, I saw a handsome Merlin perched high in its branches.
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Sunday, September 16, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
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Wednesday, September 12, 2007
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
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Monday, September 10, 2007
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Saturday, September 08, 2007
This pale, green insect , a Tree Cricket, was not that easily seen as its camouflage colouring blended it in well with the Milkweed leaf that it was on. I had been looking through a Common Milkweed patch one afternoon, earlier this week, looking for caterpillars when I spied it.
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Friday, September 07, 2007
I photo -graphed this White- faced Meadow -hawk Dragon -fly in my garden yesterday. It was only by its white face, that is displayed by the male when it is mature, that I was able to distinguish this male White-faced Meadowhawk from a male Cherry-faced or a male Ruby-faced Meadowhawk Dragonfly.
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