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

Saturday April 1st, 2017

Tommy Thompson Park

Approximate Conditions: cool day, cloudy with sunny breaks

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Northern Mockingbird 

  • Gadwall
  • Mallard
  • Greater/Lesser Scaup
  • White-winged Scoter (I was not able to clearly see it, but my parents who were accompanying me had a great look at it)
  • Long-tailed duck
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Common Merganser
  • Red-breasted Merganser
  • Red-Necked Grebe
  • Double-Crested cormorant
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Downy/Hairy woodpecker
  • American Kestrel (Amazing, amazing, amazing sight. Saw the prominent two white stripes on its face and the lovely bicolor blue and orange on the wings)
  • Tree swallows (a whole bunch of them flew right above my head in a little dance)
  • Northern Mockingbird (very distinct “mean” eye)
  • European Starling
  • American Tree Sparrow
  • Savannah Sparrow (?)
  • Song Sparrow
  • Red-winged blackbird

 

Wednesday March 29th, 2017

Approximate Conditions: warm, cloudy breaks

  • Canada Goose
  • Trumpeter swan
  • Mallard
  • Green-winged teal! (what a great sighting–saw it by chance when I heard  a lot of honks from the Mallard : turns out it was being chased by this teal!!) — Male and Female. Prominent white stripe on the side
  • Ring-Necked duck
  • Bufflehead
  • Pied-Billed Grebe (possibly!–might have also been female of American Coot–just saw a small beak and dark rounded body)
  • Turkey Vulture
  • American Coot
  • Red-bellied woodpecker (starting to recognize its very distinct call)
  • Downy/hairy woodpecker
  • Black-capped chikadee
  • Winter Wren (less prominent eye stripe and no rustic brown color)
  • Carolina Wren (very clear white stripe and red-orange color with pattern on the back)
  • Golden-crowned kinglet
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Red-winged blackbird

March 19th, 2017 — Colonel Samuel Smith Park

Approximate conditions: 2°C, cloudy with sunny breaks

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-King Eider in winter plumage

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-Eared Grebe juvenile 

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-Gadwall 

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-Snowy Owl 

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-Ring-necked Ducks 

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-Herring gull in the center with the red dot on its beak and distinct mirror pattern on black tail feathers

  • Snowy Owl (on a wooden post in the marina–stayed there for the entirety of our trip. There were remains of a seagull and it was assumed that the owl fed on it last night)
  • Gadwalls (so many of them!)
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • King Eider (it seemed to be adopted by the Mallards)
  • Herring Gull
  • Ring-billed gull
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Merganser
  • Red-breasted Merganser
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Mallard
  • American Black Duck (hybrid?)
  • Trumpeter Swans
  • Long-tailed Duck
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Eared Grebe juvenile
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Northern Cardinal
  • American Robin
  • American Goldfinch
  • Common Grackle
  • Greater/Lesser Scaup
  • Canada Geese
  • Mourning Dove

Mammal: Mink!

20th January, 2017– Ruthven Park Birdbanding Station

Approximate conditions: Sunny and bright, 12°C

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Me holding an American Goldfinch that I banded! 

Thanks to Rick Ludkin (check out his blog! : http://www.ruthvenparknatureblog.com/) and his great, continuing work at the Ruthven Park National Historic Site, I was able to finally do some bird banding today! It was an amazing experience. I have so so so so so much to learn! But I am so glad that there were so many seasoned, patient banders out there to help me (sorry for accidentally letting the White-breasted Nuthatch go!). Can’t wait to go back and I would encourage all to go and check it out!

  • Tufted Titmouse (have been wanting to see one for the longest time and was able to see it right before it was let out from the banding station)
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Red-Bellied woodpecker
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Black-capped Chikadee
  • American Goldfinch
  • Slate-colored Junco/Dark-eyed Junco
  • Canada Geese
  • Red-Tailed Hawk
  • Eastern Bluebird (seen by my mother and father)
  • House Finch
  • Mallard
  • Northern Cardinal
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    Red-bellied Woodpecker 

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    House Finches 

1st January,2017–Colonel Samuel Smith Park

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Pair of Northern Shovelers

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White-winged Scoter (Winter plumage) 

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Lone King Eider (1st year?)

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Pair of Gadwalls

Approximate Conditions: 0°C to -5°C, very sunny and bright

  • Canada goose
  • Mallard
  • Common goldeneye
  • Ring-billed gull
  • Herring gull
  • Common merganser
  • Hooded merganser
  • Bufflehead
  • Long-tailed duck
  • White winged scoter (!!)
  • King Eider (!!)
  • Greater scaup
  • Lesser scaup
  • Redhead
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Gadwall
  • Mute Swan
  • Trumpeter Swan
  • UI Raptor
  • Golden-crowned kinglet

30th December, 2016–Tommy Thompson PP

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Can be seen: Redhead, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, American Wigeon, Eurasion Wigeon (near the bottom right and middle!)

 

Approximate Conditions: 0°C to -4°C, cloudy with sunny breaks

Went until the artificial wetland creation and back

***Upon further inspection of the above photo by my lovely father, he has also spotted an American Wigeon and an Eurasian Wigeon ***

  • American Goldfinch
  • House sparrow
  • American tree sparrow
  • Chipping sparrow
  • Black-capped chikadee
  • Red-tailed hawk
  • Northern Shrike (!!)
  • UI owl
  • Bald eagle
  • Common merganser
  • Red-breasted merganser
  • Hooded merganser
  • Common goldeneye
  • Long-tailed duck
  • Mute Swan
  • Trumpeter Swan
  • Mallard
  • Redhead
  • Herring Gull
  • Ring-billed Gull