Birding Can Be Puzzling – April 28th

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.

A few more photos from April 28:

 

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Spring Birding Resumes (for us) – April 23

These mallards from April 24, 2016 contributed to one of my favourite mood photos

Robins appeared on Feb. 18th!  this year (earliest ever!) in Our Woods, and we had a good day on April 23 when we saw a peewee, looking for it after hearing its “pee-a-wee call.” Also seen, a Baltimore Oriole in flight, the earliest GTA sighting recorded on ebird.ca being in Hamilton that same day. Then there was the usual stuff: our 1st brown creeper, ruby and golden crowned kinglets, and we heard the song sparrow.