Quite a lightly-marked (also possibly springtime-faded) juvenile goshawk, one of which somewhat superficially resembles a Cooper’s Hawk in body plumage. GISS-based assessment is perhaps the best approach for this tricky individual. Continue reading Juvenile Northern Goshawk ID note/study photo
Eastern Ontario birders:
As winter gives way to spring, our bird-nerd minds cannot help but begin to daydream about the wonderful birding days soon to come! Here’s a rough guide as to when some of your favourite bird species arrive back to eastern Ontario. Continue reading Guide to Spring Arrivals in Eastern Ontario
The Ottawa area is home to five breeding species of owl. Come March, most of these species’ “hoots” can be heard 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 National Capital Region!
Birds are very alert animals. They very often see and hear other birds before you do. This is especially true of bird groups which happen to be favoured items on another birdies take-out menu! Continue reading Following birds’ glances
Believe it or not, but we are only 4-5 weeks away from the usual arrival time of our first springtime migrants here in eastern Ontario! The passage of a warm air mass in late-February usually coincides with the arrival of blackbirds, such as Red-winged Blackbird and Common Grackle. Continue reading Spring Migration in Eastern Ontario
As temperatures near – 40 Celsius with the windchill all throughout eastern Ontario, backyard birdwatchers may peer outside and see little “fluffballs” resting on branches. You’re bearing witness to one of their extreme-cold survival strategies. Continue reading Staying warm in the extreme cold!
It appears as though the adult grey morph first seen in Ottawa, Ontario by Tony Beck and Nina Stavlund in early December, and once again seen on Christmas day, continues. A birder sent this image into the OFNC sightings line and it was forwarded over to (lucky) me. Continue reading Ottawa: Gyrfalcon
Northern Shrikes are now in eastern Ontario in good numbers. While birding in Prince Edward County the other day, I saw three Northern Shrikes. Keep an eye out for them in open scrubby habitats, perched at the tip of trees along field edges, and perched near feeder set-ups. Continue reading Northern Shrikes wintering in Eastern Ontario
Earlier today (30 November 2018) I was very surprised to find this leucistic female-type Long-tailed Duck at Sandbanks Provincial Park. I was viewing the raft of Long-tails from County Road 12, approx 150 m E of Hyatt Ln. Continue reading Leucistic Long-tailed Duck at Sandbanks Park