Friday, June 25, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I have a number of photos that were taken after I posted info about the species. However, with a lens upgrade, a little more experience and some occasional sunshine, I have gathered some better shots and some female gender shots of some species that I would like to share.
I will name all of the birds at the end of this post. See if you can identify them.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
How fitting that I just posted photos of the Tree Swallow! I looked out my window Sunday morning and what should I see but a pair of Tree Swallows checking out my nesting box. I have had the box up for two summers with no activity at all. This summer I relocated the box according to the reference materials and voila, there were my first nesting box visitors.
The pair of swallows sat on the power line for a while then the male swallow flew into the box to check it out. The female continued sitting as if waiting for directions from her mate. Then the male peeped out and seemed to call her to come have a look. He disappeared back into the box and she went to have a look for herself.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
The Savannah Sparrow is common in Newfoundland but it was my first time to knowingly see one. They tend to live in marshes, wet meadows and cultivated fields. This is exactly where I found this one. I have also seen this bird in the grass around Third Pond in Goulds. It tends to stay on the ground and run away under the brush and through the grasses rather than fly up when disturbed. I was lucky that this Savannah Sparrow chose to sit in a low Alder. He seemed more interested in singing than in me.
The Savannah has yellow or whitish supercilium (eyebrow) with a white stripe that runs through it crown. It seems to have a white eye ring with dark brown streaks on the upper parts. Much like the Song Sparrow it also has a "stickpin" on the chest where the brown streaks meet. Its tail is short and notched.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The arrival of the Eastern Wood Peewee brought out all of the birders eager to see this flycatcher that makes an appearance in Newfoundland about once every two or three years. This Peewee was spotted in Goulds among the tall pines. It is likely because of this visitor that many of the other warblers were spotted in the same area. Otherwise, they may have gone unnoticed.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Today, I am featuring the Black-throated Green Warbler. This warbler tends to eat along the middle of the branch and rarely moves to the tips which makes getting a good picture very difficult.The lighting, distance, tree cover and bird behaviour has affected the quality of my photos, so I am uploading several shots in the hope that you will be able to see the markings of this little bird.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Today, I am introducing the Northern Waterthrush. This little bird appeared very briefly at a small water hole on Cochrane Pond Road. When I say briefly, I really mean briefly. I had one shot only to capture it and this is it.
The Northern Waterthrush is common in Newfoundland and tends to be found around calm and/or standing waters. It's face and underparts markings are a dull yellowish color. Some adults may also show with white instead of yellow. When feeding, this bird will often bob its tail up and down. The Northern Waterthrush feeds on the ground among all of the fallen trees and budding leaves making it difficult to see. It is very easy to mistake this bird for a sparrow at first glace. I think the most important feature to separate it from a sparrow (with only a brief glance) is the shape of the beak.
I don't imagine I will see any new birds today from my back yard but one of my priorities is to make my yard more bird-friendly. There are trees and plants that are attractive to birds as well as feeders, water supply and nesting places. This is one of the main reasons that I have to get out my work gloves and gardening tools. If I could only have the birds come to me instead of me going to the birds!