By late summer / early fall, some adult Yellow-bellied Flycatchers may appear grayish white below…a far cry from their deep and bright early-spring finery; most of their fall molt is completed after their arrival in the wintering grounds. Continue reading Least & Yellow-bellied Flycatcher ID: autumn birds
This fall, I have embarked on a migration monitoring project in the west end of Ottawa. I visit NCC Shirleys Bay Waterfront Trail several times per week. I have really enjoyed seeing “fresh batch” migrant arrivals, increasing and decreasing species abundance; changes to species richness; influxes of certain age groups, etc. Continue reading Least Flycatcher ID…not so straightforward?
Thursday, August 27th
I birded NCC Shirley’s Bay Waterfront Trail (Trail 10) from just before 0630 AM to just after noon. Amazing birding! Northwesterlies overnight = many landbirds were present and I knew I had to get on them quickly, so, I arrived shortly after dawn. Continue reading Birding the Shirleys Bay Area
While looking for shorebird habitat S of Richmond Ont., I observed an adult Black-bellied Plover (almost entirely finished its molt into definitive basic, aka: non-breeding, plumage) on the S side of Brophy Dr., about 300 m E of the McCordick/Eagleson intersection. Continue reading Black-bellied Plover: some ID Notes
The first migrant Baird’s Sandpipers usually appear in southern Ontario during the last few days of July / early August. Here are a few comments on what to look for with Baird’s (far from a definitive list). Continue reading Baird’s Sandpiper: some ID notes
Using eBird’s Explore Data – Line Graph function, I put together an example of fall migration timing for 5 species of warbler (an arbitrary list) within 5 counties… Continue reading Warblers are coming!
2 July 2015 – I had the pleasure of observing a female Cerulean Warbler foraging uncharacteristically low to the ground…..definitely a far cry from way up in the the canopy of a mature hardwood! Continue reading Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) – Frontenac Park
4 June 2015 – Today, along the N shore of Crow Lake in Central Frontenac, I observed a female Pine Warbler foraging along a rocky slope, collecting caterpillars to feed to its young. Continue reading Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) – Crow Lake
Throughout the month of June, I will be helping Dan Derbyshire of Frontenac Bird Studies conduct breeding bird surveys throughout Frontenac Provincial Park, just North of Sydenham, Ontario. Continue reading Frontenac Bird Studies (FBS)
Our first sparrow run of the year. We will be visiting a consistently productive sparrow area just outside of Ottawa: Burnt Lands Provincial Park. Continue reading Sparrow Outing – June 5