I will start by saying that I absolutely love birding. Perhaps what I love most about it is that there is no ceiling to the limit of knowledge one can acquire throughout one’s lifetime. I will forever be a student of bird identification, and this mindset keeps me wide open to receiving feedback; Continue reading Shorebirds in breeding plumage: an Achilles heel!?
Using eBird’s Explore Data — Bar Charts, I created graphs highlighting each species’ frequency of observations. eBird describes “Frequency” as the percentage of checklists that report a species within a specified date range and region. It is the most common way of displaying the eBird data and provides a good idea of relative occurrence and seasonal timing. Continue reading Bird Nerd’s Guide to Spring Arrivals in Eastern Ontario
As winter makes way for spring, our minds begin to ponder the wonderful birding days soon to come! Here’s a rough guide as to when some of our favourite bird species arrive back to eastern Ontario, and how to maximize your birding opportunities when they arrive! Continue reading Guide to Spring Arrivals in Eastern Ontario
If you’ve been out for a walk in the woods lately, you may have heard woodpeckers drumming. We have just entered the main drum period for many species, which typically occurs between February and June. Continue reading Eastern Ontario Woodpecker Drums
Today (3 February 2018) Brenda Evers observed a RTHA x RSHA along Howe Island Ferry Rd. On 23 November 2016, Andrew Keaveney observed what appears to be the same hybrid 1 km W of Howe Island Rd., along Highway 2.
Both photos are the copyright of Brenda Evers.
The Ottawa area is home to five regularly breeding species of owls, and, come early March most species are from roadsides. From dense stands of cedars rimming swamps to homogeneous stands of conifers, find out where and when to listen for your favourite species of owl here in the Nation’s Capital. Continue reading Where and when to hear a “Hoot” in the Nation’s Capital
From our superb meal at Wilno Tavern last night to our finchy and wonderful birding day today, I must say that this trip felt more like a vacation than it did work! Continue reading Algonquin Provincial Park
Active birders throughout southern Canada and the northern states are likely going to come across heavily-marked light morph Red-tailed Hawks. Red-tailed Hawks in the east show a great deal of minor variation to their plumage, and at no time is this more appreciated/noticed than it is during the winter months. Continue reading “Northern” Red-tailed Hawk ID in the East, a note
We were spoiled rotten with an exceptional gull study at the Pembroke dump today (15 November 2017). Birders must sign in at the front gate but are free afterwards to study gulls at close range within the facility grounds. Continue reading Gulls at the Pembroke Dump
When Snow Buntings first arrive in eastern and southern Ontario, say, typically the third to fourth week of October, they are often found foraging along rocky shorelines. Continue reading Some notes on Snow Buntings