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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Not So Blue -Indigo Bunting

Indigo Buntings were relatively common in Nova Scotia this Fall. It wasn't uncommon to see more than one individual at a time for a few weeks in late October to early November. Some birds displayed more blue than others but the one I was able to get the best photo of was typical of most of those I saw - mostly brown and easy to overlook. I won't venture to say what age or sex this bird might be but if I had to hazard a guess then possibly a first year male. November 13, East Jordan.



Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Leucistic American Robin - Birds and Berries - Part 6

This bird is definitely lacking some colouring on its head which makes it fit into the more general description of how leucism is defined. There can be more striking examples of this phenomenon in which the bird is almost pure white but still has normal coloured eyes instead of the pink eyes of albinos. In mammals this condition (mutation) is often referred to as piebald. This American Robin was part of the larger flock of robins pictured in the previous post. November 11, East Jordan NS.



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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Birds and Berries - Part 5 - American Robins

This is almost the end of this line of posts since the robins arrived in large numbers and stripped the trees of their remaining berries. After taking these shots and leaving at the end of the day I had hopes that I could return several more times to take pictures. I was amazed that on the following day by early afternoon the only berries remaining were the ones a few robins were cleaning up that had fallen to the ground. There was one bird in the flock that stood out from the rest so I'll save those pictures for a subsequent post. November 11,  East Jordan NS.








Sunday, 3 December 2017

Birds and Berries - Part 4 - Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak

 Shortly after the male arrived, there were at least two female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks feeding in the same area. I managed to find one in good light late in the day on one occasion to get these shots. These birds somewhat resemble a large female Purple finch but with a much larger bill and more striking head pattern. November 7, East Jordan.



Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Birds and Berries - Part 3 - Scarlet Tanager

As I mentioned in a previous post there had been a Summer Tanager in the area and as I waited for the possibility of that bird showing up in a spot where I could get a decent photo this Scarlet Tanager arrived instead. While I'm not that happy with the quality of the shots - again, it was soft light and the bird wasn't in the best spot for a photo - I was very exited to see this bird since they are a rarity here.

I'm more familiar with how they look in the Spring with their bright red plumage that gives them their name. This may be the first time I've seen a male in Winter plumage, at least in the past twenty years or so. I have a faint recollection of seeing one in the Fall with faint wing bars when I first started birding that had me confused at the time but does occur in some juveniles. November 1, East Jordan.




Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Incoming - Juvenile Great Blue Heron

I almost forgot about these shots. I took these while waiting for something to land among the mountain ash berries. I knew this bird was around but was a little startled when it flew in. I haven't seen it in recent days so maybe it did the smart thing and moved on before things begin to freeze up here. October 22, East Jordan.



Monday, 27 November 2017

Birds and Berries - Part 2 - Northern Parula

Unlike in the previous post this bird was not attracted to the berries but rather to the bugs that were perhaps attracted to the berries. Whatever the case it spent enough time in these trees that I was able to take many photos, a few of which I'll share here.  On a later day I realized there was a pair of Northern Parulas at this location so I'm only assuming it's the same bird in all these shots. October 30, East Jordan.