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The other morning I had the kitchen window cracked and could hear plenty of birdsong and watched as birds excitedly flew about the yard. Suddenly, all went quiet; a sharp cut-off in song and activity. I then could hear a chickadee giving its high-pitched “see” alarm notes. Continue reading Non-locatable Alarm Calls
Today, 23 February 2016, I solo-birded Amherst Island. I approached the day with the ferocity and style similar to a day working a quadrant during a Christmas Bird Count. For the first time on Amherst, I carefully checked every feeder and also ‘pished’ frequently in suitable sparrow habitat. Continue reading Birding Amherst Island
On the separation of adult Golden Eagle vs. immature Bald Eagle:
Figure 1: Adult Golden Eagle at left; first year Bald Eagle at right. Examining the build of the birds from head to tail, then wingtip-to-wingtip, we can see that the Golden has a proportionately small head and bill Continue reading “Brown” Eagle ID note
Early in the morning, especially after a particularly cold night, it’s a good idea to check southeast-facing tree lines, especially those consisting of conifers, for hawks and owls keeping clear of the wind and sunning themselves in the morning sun. Continue reading Winter Birding Tip
On the identification of sub-adult/adult Golden Eagles at a distance: Golden Eagles are large-bodied, have long and broad wings, lengthy “hands” (primary tips), and have a proportionally small head and long tail. These features, combined, produce a subtle yet unique ‘signature’ in the sky. Continue reading Golden Eagle at a Distance
Figure 1: Comparative bill shape of “Southern” (flammea) Common Redpoll at left and “Greater” (rostrata) Common Redpoll at right. Greater are known for their stout, distinctly-shaped bill derived from a swollen bill base and gently curved culmen (top of bill).
After reading Dale A. Zimmerman’s (1955) paper on shrike identification, I began to investigate whether Northern Shrikes could be sexed and age-classified (in some cases) in the field. Continue reading Sexing Northern Shrikes in the Field?
Today (2 February 2016) at 1100 AM I observed 10 Bald Eagles (7 perched along a tree line and 3 in the nearby field) seen from Concession 21, looking N, just W of Renaud crossroad. The eagles were also seen by looking S from Concession 20, just W of Renaud. Continue reading St Isidore: 10 Bald Eagles in a single field
When I first contacted Jerry Liguori about starting up a site dedicated to the study of the mythical “abieticola” Red-tailed Hawk (www.northernredtails.wordpress.com), I had no idea that I was embarking on a journey that was both a blessing and a curse. Continue reading Note on Northern vs. Eastern Red-tail ID