Friday, October 9, 2015

Western Kingbird

Oct 2, 2015

As usual, we were too busy to bird for hours, but the Western Kingbird at Fletcher Wildlife Garden, found by Mark Patry, was an easy visit.

It turned out to be somewhat elusive, and we met another birder who was on her second futile visit.  However, I spotted it high in a dead tree, and worked around close enough for an id photo.  I went to get Barbara, and she saw it too, but it flew off just as she arrived, never to be seen again.

Dick Bell Park

Oct 1, 2015

We were looking after the grandkids, since they were sporting rashes that could have been a mild case of chickenpox.  Sam picked Go Fishing out of the activities jar, so we went over to the sailing club to try a few casts.  We were just out of the car, when a full adult Bald Eagle flew low overhead.  I dropped everything to grab my camera, but only got a distant tail-end shot.  That was the only bird of note and the fish weren't biting.  The fire rescue crew, out for a practice, made an interesting diversion,

Friday, October 2, 2015

White-throated Sparrows Moving Through

Sept 24, 2015

Looking out our den window, we noticed several White-throated Sparrows in our back garden and lawn.  They were very quick and hard to photograph through the glass.

Backyard Birding and Beryl Gaffney Park

Sep 21, 2015

We were amused to see a young American Robin using our pond stream as a bird bath.  Then we noticed a little skulking sparrow, a white-throat.

 In the afternoon, we went for a hike along the Rideau River from the Jock River south to Beryl Gaffney Park and back.  Along the trail there was little except Song Sparrows.  But at Beryl Gaffney, there was a little pocket of warblers, notably Yellow-rumps and a beautiful Pine Warbler.