Have you ever noticed that the longer you stare directly at something in the dark, the fuzzier and more out-of-focus it gets? But, the moment you shift your focus just to the side of the item, you are able to see a clearer image, right? Continue reading Birding by Night: Averted Vision
As winter takes hold, top tier predators such as Great Horned Owls often switch hunting strategies in order to survive. They wander, often widely, in search of prey. This is especially true of owls breeding throughout the boreal forest. Continue reading Great Horned Owls in Winter
Today, 12 December, Betty Michalowski observed two meadowlarks in the Arnprior area. They were originally reported by Donnie Gordon approximately two weeks ago. She saw the birds in the afternoon along Van Dusen Road. Continue reading Arnprior: Eastern Meadowlark
Working as a field guide, I identify and discuss birds for a living. I must call out and justify my identifications on a regular basis and this practice has “scared me” into developing my skill set to a higher level this year. Out of 100 identifications, I am inside the 90% accuracy mark. Continue reading Mis-ID’s
This afternoon from 3:45 – 4:30 PM, I watched gulls coming in to roost along the shoreline of the Ottawa River just east of Andrew Haydon Park, at Beltown Park. Continue reading Ottawa: “White-winged” gulls
Brain training for birders: Identifications from the hip…
As all of us know, live birds rarely pose as nicely as they do in our field guides 😉. Many birds, such as thrushes, warblers and sparrows, have a tendency to keep moving about as they forage. Continue reading Brain training for birder’s: ID’s from the hip
Hope you enjoyed the quiz! Below are the answers.
1) Osprey: Bright white underneath w/ dark carpals and flight feathers. Very long wings (proportionally) w/ a significant ‘M’ shape while gliding. Continue reading Ontario Birds Raptor Quiz Answers
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As much as they are the stuff of legendary online debates, they are even more polarizing in the field! Take your time with these “Tiny Tim’s” and be sure to assemble a suite of ID features when making your case for an ID. Continue reading “Micro” Cooper’s Hawks
What an amazing year 2016 has been 🙂
Thanks for all of your support and it has been a pleasure learning about, and enjoying, birds with you. Continue reading Winter Break