Sunday April 23rd, 2017

Approximate Conditions: foggy, cloudy, cold

*Featured Image shows Red-bellied woodpecker in nest

  • Bald eagle (flying, distinct bald head)
  • Killdeer (by the ground–distinct double line)
  • Red-Bellied Woodpecker
  • Eastern Phoebe
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    Eastern Phoebe 

    Purple Martin (flying–darker body)

I was also able to band a few birds today! Common Grackle

  • American Goldfinch
  • Tree Swallow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • American Tree Sparrow
  • Blue Jay
  • Northern Cardinal

Monday April 10th, 2017

Approximate Conditions: very warm, sunny and windy –later turned to thunderstorms

*Featured image shows Double-crested Cormorant and the domestic goose

Princess Point–whole trail

  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Domestic Goose (thought it was the Ross’ Goose and I got so excited–but a nice lady sat me down and showed me that it was very much a domestic goose that had got away from its owners and was now happily scaring away all the neighbourhood pets)
  • Mute Swan
  • Wood Duck (1 male and 1 female in their LOVELY plumage)
  • Greater Scaup
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Bufflehead
  • Ruddy Duck (saw them the day before as well –they were there in hundreds!!)
  • Belted Kingfisher (seen the day before)
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Osprey (lovely sight–eating its fish on a dead tree)
  • Red-Shouldered hawk (?)
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Mourning Dove
  • Red-Bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Blue Jay (seen the day before)
  • Tree Swallows
  • Black-Capped Chikadee
  • White-breasted nuthatch
  • American Robin
  • European Starling
  • Song Sparrow
  • Red-Winged Blackbird
  • Brown-Headed Cowbird
  • House Sparrow