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Backyard Birding / Re: More backyard visitors
« Last post by Shortsighted on May 19, 2022, 04:21:29 pm »
If you can see me in the reflection within the bird's eye you will be able to confirm that I have a rather bland countenance, a straight face, a poker face, a mug without expression. Take my word for it. I will, however, offer you my shadow, but only because it serves to demonstrate the effect of atmosphere on the colour of sunlight. The foliage appears shifted to the yellow because the burden of fine particulates within the air close to the horizon tends to absorb/block the short wavelength light at the blue end of the spectrum, thus allowing only the longer wavelength light to pass around the dust. My shadow blocks the direct rays of sunlight and my blue funk resurrects the spectrum to make the foliage within the umbra of my shadow appear as a rich green once more. I bet you didn't know that I had an umbra. The ACME catalogue has everything that you can imagine.
Backyard Birding / Re: More backyard visitors
« Last post by Ally on May 18, 2022, 07:39:46 pm »
Be careful. If you get that bird any sharper, I might be able to see you in the reflection of their eyes.
Backyard Birding / Re: More backyard visitors
« Last post by Shortsighted on May 18, 2022, 07:06:26 pm »
No new visitors but the present guests are willing to stay, especially since I now have an ACME birch perch.

Toronto Reports / Re: What happened to the Great horned owls of High Park?
« Last post by Piokii on May 18, 2022, 01:44:35 pm »
Ohh terrible! That's really sad.

What forum by the way? Not a lot of high park posts here...
Toronto Reports / Acadian and Summer
« Last post by Piokii on May 18, 2022, 01:42:37 pm »
Nearly everyone in high park today has been chasing an Acadian Flycatcher,  and Summer Tanager this week. Both still here as of this morning. Personally saw the flycatcher but the tanager eludes me. Anyone else get lucky?
Backyard Birding / FOY CG Goslings
« Last post by Axeman on May 18, 2022, 12:32:43 am »
Driving through Fergus -- by a roadside pond....and they didn't look like they were hatched yesterday either lol.

I have a couple of prints by umm...I wanna say Glen Larson but that's not the guy...umm....oh yeah Robert Bateman....anyway of a pair of Canada geese....he makes them look soooo majestic...beautiful symbols of the true north.....and then I see our urban geese and they're like eastern grey squirrels in Toronto.....

Speaking of Robert Bateman....he turns 90 on May 24.
Ontario Birds / Re: Swainson's thrush
« Last post by Ally on May 17, 2022, 07:32:43 pm »
Thanks. I just find it easier to ask you every time. ;D ;D  I know Yi oh leigh metalic call of wood thrush. Hope to see one this year.
Ontario Birds / Re: Swainson's thrush
« Last post by Shortsighted on May 17, 2022, 06:48:58 pm »
Id of a thrush by sight is easier for me than by song/call. That's all I'm saying. The Swainson's thrush has a buffy eye-ring and buffy lore (sometimes faint, sometimes prominent) and tends to have a warmer overall colour tone than a Hermit, which has an off-white eye ring, and a rusty rump and tail. The Wood thrush has a rusty back as well and the spots are more balloon-like.
Ontario Birds / Re: Swainson's thrush
« Last post by Ally on May 17, 2022, 06:09:27 pm »
I haven't seen one this season. I will never be apart to tell them apart either. Like those flycatchers.
Ontario Birds / Swainson's thrush
« Last post by Shortsighted on May 17, 2022, 06:01:21 pm »
Every morning I hear the same sound and why I should expect my alarm clock to sound any different is beyond my understanding. I also hear a thrush singing in the woodlot across the street. This sound I actually enjoy listening to. Sometimes it sound like a Wood thrush and sometimes like a Hermit thrush, but I really can't keep those sounds distinct in my head. The thrush on the boulevard grass was a Swainson's thrush. It would fly off upon my approach, but never very far. It would perch on a low-level perch just a couple of feet past the grass. Laying down in the grass for a couple of minutes without moving is all that it takes for the thrush to forget about the perceived threat and return to its previous agenda.