Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
Bird activity is definitely picking up and within a few weeks we should begin to see more sparrows followed by the onslaught of many varieties of warblers. I can hardly wait.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Judging by the extreme number of sap holes all around the trunk both high and low on all of the trees in this yard, this is not the first sapsucker to have visited. The Discussion Group has posted sightings of one or two on almost an annual basis. It seems that they have been sighted in Branch, Trepassy, Portugal Cove South and
tree found last year that had many holes drilled. Is it possible that there are more Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers around waiting to be found?
While this is no great shot, it is the only one that I have of this bird in flight. I thought it might be useful to show the underside in case any one goes sapsucker hunting.
Wild Turkeys are not native to Newfoundland but have been showing up in the Codroy Valley over recent years. It is a bit of a mystery about how they got here but word is that they are reproducing and becoming more common. Some speculate that they are descendants of domestic turkeys that were released into the wild. However, the ones in Codroy do not look like this domestic Turkey. I think this is a Broad-breasted Bronze Turkey.
This little female was working so hard to find an opening in the fence to move into the field with the male. We were assured that these two turkeys would never make it to the table.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Zoom, Zoom. There is a constant flurry of birds in flight. They fly by so quickly and sometimes, so close that it is a real challenge to try to capture the beauty of this bird in flight. Despite that, the motivation to keep trying is driven by the amazing color, shape and grace of the Northern Gannet.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
It also reminded me that it is Spring time and love is in the air for the ducks around all of the city ponds.
Most all birds are decked out in their best Easter frocks, especially the males in an attempt to attract their heart's desire. The beak is shining more brightly than ever and there is a definite twinkle in the eye. Some are transitioning into their breeding plumage. Others stay just as they are.
I remember freezing in the cold temps and the blustery conditions of the day. Try as I might, I couldn't stay long. Today's weather will really get you. I got up to find at least 2 inches of snow on the ground and on my deck and more is falling. The feeder birds are flocking to the different feeders in my yard to fortify for the day.
The first photos that I got of baby ducks last year was on May 13 with the latest shot of ducklings taken toward the end of June. It won't be long now!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Get out and go for a walk. Be sure to take your binoculars and camera and leave your watch at home.