Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Mayflowers in bloom
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Eagle for world bird Wednesday
Even from a distance as we approached this stark tree outlined against the sky we knew the dark shape perched on it wasn't a crow as it was too large. We had seen Eagles there before and when started to be able to distinguish the white on its head and tail we knew what it was; An Eagle! A little cropping really enhanced its steely eye and its sharp shapely curved bill! What a powerful looking bird this magnificent creature was. It was a lucky sighting on our part!
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Monday, April 25, 2011
White- throated Sparrow for Mellow Yellow Monday
There is no doubting of the identify of this little sparrow! Notice its white-throat ed bib. Its a white-throated Sparrow And the
ytellow lores makes it a perfect candidate for Mellow Yellow Monday! Got photos with yellow? That's all you need to qualifyfor the mellow yellow Monday meme. Just scroll down the right-hand side until you come to the mellow yellow Monday logo. Just click on the picture and you're there. Just continue on and enjoy!
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Saturday, April 23, 2011
Brown-headed Cowbirds for Camera Critters
Its naming is in the colouring of its head. This is a male Brown-headed Cowbird. The female of this species is a demure gray in colour, but demure does not describe the behaviour of these unwanted birds in our feeder area. Cowbirds do not nest, rather the female lays its eggs in the nest of another species and leaves the rearing of its young to another.
This male cowbird shown above is the first Cowbird that I recall seeing in Bird Alley for several seasons now, This particular bird appeared to be very hungry as it voraciously claimed the food in the birdfeeder
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Friday, April 22, 2011
A Ring-necked Duck
My first sighting this spring of this handsome, spectacular looking Ring- necked Duck was yesterday when I had seen it at French Lake. I had seen several on the water there, but as soon as I got out of my car to take their pictures they had all disappeared as these ducks are wont to do do. No, they didn't fly away but dove under the water's surface.
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Thursday, April 21, 2011
A late lingering Tree Sparrow visitor!
This time of year especially I am more alert to noticing the difference in birds as I watch and wait for sight of returning migrants. But when I saw this sparrow this morning, something didn't seem right to my mind about this Chipping Sparrow? No, of course not, Chipping Sparrows don't have a central breast spot like this bird did! A Tree Sparrow?! But they are all gone now, aren't they?! But maybe not? Does it have a bi-coloured bill? I changed lenses and strived for a closeup that would show the bill. Yes! It was bicoloured! Wow! A Tree Sparrow indeed! Quite a sighting!, But then we did have snow yesterday! But no on ground accumulation resulted. Maybe this little fellow is starting to feel right at home here, even this late in the season. Go away little bird, Go north where you should be at this time of year. I mean further north! We are finished with winter here!!
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Another returning bird to Bird Alley: Purple Finch
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Fishing Gulls and Running White Tails for Outdoor Wednesday
We are expecting snow this afternoon, quite a storm apparently , so I decided to do my birding rounds early this morning. I saw very little, The best sighting was possibly that of a Kestrel, It behaved in Kestrel style, flying away as I rolled down my car window and it flew away as I prepared to take its picture. I saw quite a few White-tailed Deer and they all saw me also and they all kicked up their heels, flashed their white tails and ran away from my camera.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
A new returing bird buddy today in Bird Alley
I acknowledge this is not a good picture but it will serve as my record of a returned White-throated Sparrow today in Bird Alley. I had just mentioned to my husband, David, yesterday that we hadn't seen any white-throateds yet this spring. Today when I glimpsed the two white stripes on its crown in the bushes, I immmediately hopped it was a longed for White-crowned Sparrow but when getting a glimpse of its vivid yellow lores, I knew it to be a White-throated Sparrow. Its maybe a bit early for a White-crowwn sparrow yet. Perhaps I won't get any good pictures tomorrow either as a snow storm is forecast!!!!! Yes, snow!!!! Enough already!
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Monday, April 18, 2011
Robin Red Breast for Ruby Tuesday
What a handsome bird with such a beautiful red breast. Robins seldom visit Bird Alley and when this one did last week, I was there, standing in my window with my camera! this one is gorgeous
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A Wood Duck pair, my treasure sighting of the day!
Other than male Hooded Mergansers, Wood Ducks are my most favourite ducks to photograph. I found this pair this morning in a roadside pool alongside the Branch Road. I often find them here each spring but this year they have been hard to find, like nonexistent!. This morning was my first sighting of them and they were moving away fast as I stopped my car on the road. With cropping I was able to create this photo of the pair. The unmistakable white eye of the female told me these two were a pair.And Don't you love the 'blue' blue of the rippling watery waves caused by their movement through the water and the colourful male is such a handsome speciman. This photo made my day. Also seen this morning, but no photo of it was a Belted Kingfisher! Also seen this morning were some Manky Mallards, and Black Ducks, anOsprey on top of its nest and some Canada Geese, and as can be seen in the header, a Gray Jay on the tip top of a tree! I wonder what I'll find this afternoon?
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Dandelions in bloom for mellow yellow Monday
This photo is of my second find of dandelions in bloom last week. On both the 15th. and 16thth. I found Dandelion blooms, both were nestled(wedged) snugly against the cement foundation of a building. Their location choice suggests a strong wilful determination to thrive. This flower has a striking beauty which is appreciated after a long, cold winter. However it presence after admid lawns and flower beds becomes a nuisance as spring and summer progress. Our lawns used to be full of thembut my husband digs them by their roots and discards them so we have few dandelions to cope with, but we wish others would do the same as their fly away seeds often plant themselves in our yard and thepulling up of dandelion plants is a yearly chore of determination of ours to be rid of them each year. But regardless of their nuisance factor, I am always excited to see the first dandwelion blooms showing ther beautiful yellow heads each year. got photos with yellow? Why not post them to Mellow Yellow Monday? Please scroll down the right hand bar on this page to find the mellow yellow icon and click on it to also find others who have shared their own mellow yellow beauty on this meme.
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Sunday, April 17, 2011
scenic watery roadsides for Scenic Sunday
Often at this time of year one will encounter an excessive amount of water along roadsides which have created siuch ponds or lakes that are not a year round thing. However these seasonal pools are interesting to explore with your camera eye. We encountered one such interesting water area which we thought might be an inviting oasis to wandering ducks last week. When we drove by it initially we had no luck, However on our return trip on the way home I asked David to drive by slowly and he did. until I said, "stop, back up, there's a hooded Merganser there!". If you enlarge the above photo by clicking on it, you will see the wilderness beauty in this roadside pool that we had seen. I love the beauty of Hooded Mergansers anytime but the natural colours of this setting was enhancing to the beauty of this wild creature.
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Saturday, April 16, 2011
An Osprey for Camera Critters
My purpose in driving down the Mast Road st Three Tree Creek yesterday was to see if I could get another glimpse and photo of the Osprey that I had seen on Monday sitting on top of its nest on the corner of the Mast Road and the Wilsey Road. We watch for the Osprey at this nest every year and so far they haven't failed us in returning to this site.
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Friday, April 15, 2011
A what is it? A Chickadee?
I really need help with this bird. Is it just a regular Black-capped Chickadee with an extra amount of black on its chin? That's what I thought when I started taking pictures of this different looking Chickadee, but then
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Chipping Sparrows return to Bird Alley This Morning
The joys of spring are abundant as I watch all of the little sparrows return;
hopefully next some little white-crowned feathered cousins will reappear.
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Thursday, April 14, 2011
A gentle sunset for Skywatch Friday
I had been watching the sky as I had driven to a neighbouring community hoping to see a sunset, but deciding to return hope without a sunset having developed I was very surprised to glimpse the very red setting sun in my car's rear view mirror reflecting a very beautiful blue sky colour enhanced with the red setting sun. A beautiful closing to a lovely day.
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Ducks with a difference in their feathers!
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Osprey, They're Back!
I have been watching this Osprey Nest, shown below sitting on top of a power line, for the last few days, ever sinceI heard of the first reported sighting of a returned Osprey that was seen in Jemseg last week. I have also been watching an Osprey nest at Hazen Park at Oromocto but haven't seen any Osprey there yet.
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Monday, April 04, 2011
some more coltsfoot and a male goldfinch with a moulting black cap for mellow yellow Monday
A lovely bonus mellow yellow sighting this morning: a beautiful yellow patch of Coltsfoot seen in Oromocto in the same location where we had first seen Coltsfoot last spring. My husband had remember the location and found these for me this morning.
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