From April 15 to 19 we’ve been walking in the early-ish morning to witness the spring migration. The black-crowned night heron has been here for several days and we saw the great blue heron on Saturday and Sunday. The kinglets, golden and ruby-crowned are still here, having arrived a few days later than usual.
I’ve put up a few photos:
Wednesday, April 15
A special April present
Geese Decked In Snow
Still morning on the way back
Four of at least 15 cormorants
Perhaps a female rose-breasted grosbeak…
Same jay, now recognizable!
Bluejay fluffing in the cold…
A lesson learned for 2020
Male redwing, there are many more
A relatively uncommon red squirrel has its place among a host of greys
A decent look at a pair of Black-crowned night herons that have been here fore a few days
Female yellow-bellied sapsucker
Perennial geranium sprouting in the front garden. Lucky I didn’t step on it!
Cold on the feet, maybe?
Thin film of ice on the creek…
Iris reticulata, a dwarf iris, has a lovely leaf pattern
Hopscotch on the way home, anyone?
We saw a male yellow-bellied sapsucker and only one ruby-crowned kinglet, spent quality time with the night herons and spooked the great blue heron, who has eluded my still camera thus far this year.
Our Woods was cool (7° C.; 45° F.) on the morning of the 28th. My spotter and I went out around 8 AM. As we exited the wooded path into a grassy knoll my spotter saw this big bird in the woods near the stream where I flushed the heron on the 27th. I snapped this with my Sony Alpha A-6000 using its 200 mm zoom and DMF manual focus, since there was a lot of brush in between the lens and the bird. This heron is smaller than the Great Blue, but still a good size.
Using the 8X Bushnells I noted clearly that the eye was an unmistakable red. Before I could get a better picture it flew over our heads. The eye colour and its other colouring narrowed it down to two possible night-herons: the Black-crowned and the Yellow-crowned. I cannot be sure which. The Black-crowned is more common this far north. I went out early this afternoon and didn’t spot it, but will be out there hoping to get a better photo tomorrow if it is still there. It looked a little stressed, so I don’t know. We also saw a sandpiper but they are tough to identify.