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Non-Ontario Birds / Gatineau Pine Grosbeak
« on: November 19, 2020, 02:48:55 pm »

Pine Grosbeaks are on the move also. I had 5 new year species today (in November!) as I also went to see the Tundra Bean-Goose at Nolan Quarry near Ottawa where I also saw Barnacle Goose, Ross's Goose and Cackling Goose.

Non-Ontario Birds / Gatineau Wood Duck and Hermit Thrush
« on: October 31, 2020, 06:19:19 pm »
To revive this board, here are a couple pictures from Gatineau, Quebec. Not very far outside Ontario, but still...

Wood Duck

Hermit Thrush

Ontario Birds / Barrow's Goldeneye
« on: October 31, 2020, 06:12:29 pm »

Barrow's Goldeneye among Common Goldeneye. From Rideau River in Ottawa. Lifer for me.


Behaviour / Song Sparrows bullying baby Cardinal
« on: October 05, 2020, 07:02:33 pm »
First I noticed a Song Sparrow sitting beside a recently fledged Cardinal (seems pretty late) for a while, then it was making some kind of feeding or pecking motion towards the Cardinal. Later another Song Sparrow joined and they were landing on the Cardinal's back and pulling its wing, and eventually the Cardinal moved a bit out of sight. Mama Cardinal was in the vicinity but didn't intervene, either she didn't notice or didn't care.


Ontario Birds / Peekaboo Cuckoo, Merlin and Green Heron
« on: September 18, 2020, 11:46:03 am »

Yellow-bellied Cuckoo playing peekaboo


Green Heron
Didn't need Shortsighted's time-consuming tactics for this one, it popped out of the vegetation when I startled it and posed nicely on a railing.

Migration Movements / Broad-winged Hawks
« on: September 18, 2020, 11:30:55 am »
Great Broad-winged Hawk migration this morning. About 450 migrating in less than an hour starting around 8:45 am. It's a good time to view them as they are not so high up yet. I don't know how the hawk counters get an accurate count as kettles were popping up in all directions and it's difficult to keep track of which one has been counted or not as they move.

This was in Elgin County about 5 km from the Lake Erie shore.


Migration Movements / Hawk migration in June?
« on: June 21, 2020, 02:07:01 pm »
I saw a Sharp-shinned Hawk today acting like a migrant, circling high up. I usually don't see them around this time of year either, so I guess it could be a very early or late migrant, despite the odd date.

Southern Ontario Wildlife / Spotted Turtle
« on: April 25, 2020, 05:43:31 pm »
I spotted a Spotted Turtle today in Elgin County, a first for me.

Non-Ontario Birds / Central Florida birds
« on: December 24, 2019, 02:35:43 pm »

Black-bellied Whistling Duck, lifer

Egyptian Goose, lifer, non-native

Muscovy Duck, non-native

Mottled Duck

Hooded Merganser

Rock Pigeon

Common Gallinule

Purple Gallinule


Sandhill Crane

Black-bellied Plover

Ruddy Turnstone, they were begging for food at the beach



Laughing Gull

Forster's Tern

Royal Tern

Black Skimmer

Wood Stork

Magnificent Frigatebird, lifer


Brown Pelican

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

White Ibis

Black Vulture


Snail Kite, lifer

Bald Eagle

Red-shouldered Hawk

Belted Kingfisher

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Eastern Phoebe

Loggerhead Shrike

Northern Mockingbird

Boat-tailed Grackle

Yellow-throated Warbler, lifer

Bird ID / Dark phase hawk
« on: December 22, 2019, 10:19:17 am »
I saw this dark phase Buteo hawk in Florida. Any ideas?

Wildlife / Frog on ice
« on: November 24, 2019, 02:46:19 pm »
Northern Leopard Frog (I think) jumping on ice.


Bird ID / Songs and calls
« on: June 29, 2019, 09:43:10 am »

Behaviour / Confused juncos
« on: March 07, 2019, 10:26:23 pm »
Two times this winter I have accidentally disturbed a junco after dark, at the porch and in the carport. When disturbed, it flew around very erratically and confusedly, bumping into stuff and changing directions frequently. I guess it was sleeping and had a hard time getting its bearings after waking up suddenly.


Ontario Birds / Pine Grosbeak
« on: December 09, 2018, 09:20:18 pm »
Got my first Pine Grosbeaks for Ontario, right at a shopping center in Barrie (outside Chapters on Barrie View Dr)

Bird ID / Unknown bird call
« on: November 04, 2018, 09:27:25 pm »

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