Tuesday, March 27, 2012
When I was a child, my grandfather bought my sister and me two fantail pigeons. He built a house for them attached to out playhouse, and for years, they were a joy. They fluttered and cooed their way into our hearts, but they never produced any offspring. Now, I am guessing they were not a pair, just two fantail pigeons.
Note: Click on the picture to enlarge the image.
Monday, March 26, 2012
I pulled off the road and grabbed my binos. With the bright sun, this bird glistened from top to bottom. The black head shined, the white sides flashed and the yellow eye looked like the burning sun. All of that was through the binoculars, of course. Try, as I did, I could not get a decent picture of this bird from the distance and the bright light. If only I could show you what I saw in the binos....
The ringed neck was visible most of the time. This particular drake looked like he was all dressed up for a wedding. Unfortunately, there was no bride anywhere to be found.
It is really funny how a bird that is relatively common at certain times of the year, looks so impressive when it first returns after a long vacation.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
It won't be long now and my regular posts will begin to flow again. Please stay tuned!
Friday, March 9, 2012
For me, winter birding this year was pretty uneventful. I wasn't able to get out very often and when I did, I often came up empty- handed. In fact, this may have been the case for a number of birders this year as it was a very slow parade of birds this year. The ones that I did see came and stayed for quite a while. That was good because most all birders were able to see the Sora, Brant, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Horned Grebe, Cape May and Pine Warbler.
Today, I have uploaded some images of a juvenile Bald Eagle photographed in February on a trip to Harbour Grace. There were three of them by the shoreline and they were actively hunting. When they flew low over the car, the sheer size of them is awesome. In the first image the young bird seems to be sizing me up for a possible meal.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
My next steps are to find some good birds and attempt to enter the data into the program. I will report on that experience once I have been though it.
It is hard to imagine that we are so close to the arrival of Daylight Savings Time. That means that the evenings will be longer and the opportunity to get out and try to see some birds is just around the corner. I wonder if anything interesting has blown in on the wind...
"Snow Day" backyard activity: Typically, on snowy days, my feeders are very busy but I guess the wind is just too high today. Of course, most of the feeders are blown empty or covered in snow. Once things calm down a bit, I will take care of that and hope some finches find their way in.
Yesterday, I saw a flock of Pine Siskins in the treetops near my home. That is the first time since last year. Perhaps activity at my feeder will improve.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
His kind remarks are appreciated.