Monday, 12 February 2018

Snowy Owls

 I took these shots on November 30, the only time I was lucky enough to see Snowy Owls. These are two different but very similar looking birds found at the end of West Head. I know there are still several birds in the area from reports I've heard but other than one bird I was able to identify from a very distant photo this has been it for me so far this Winter. I guess I'll continue to look.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

American Pipit

There have been a few pipits to be found at Hemeon's Head on several occasions this year in late Fall/ early Winter. On this day (November 26) there was a small flock feeding in the seaweed piled up on the beach. It's a common place to find them looking for bugs. Although I photographed more than one bird I decided to include only my favorite shot of the day.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Boreal Chickadee

This is not a bird I get to see very often so it's always a treat to find one instead of the regular Black-capped Chickadees. November 24, Hemeon's Head.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

White-eyed Vireo

I haven't been very prolific at posting in recent weeks. I'll have to try and make up for that in the weeks to come although considering the lack of images lately that might not happen. These shots are from late November when there were still a few migrants passing through. This is a bird I haven't seen in several years and was happy to find it on the day. Those are holly berries in the background of the top photo. November 24, Little Harbour NS.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Northern Parula

 One of two Parulas found on the day feeding low in the trees and in the marsh vegetation. It was getting a little late in the year to find these birds although it was mid November at the time (18th). It would be quite unusual to find them now. He/she was showing signs of the late date - puffing up it's feathers for better insulation against the colder weather.

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.