Friday, 10 June 2016

 Orioles!
In this image we see the female Oriole beginning the construction of the nest. The nest is built exclusively by the female, however, the male will help gather nesting material.
In this image, the female landed directly over me while I walked around. At first I didn't notice that she was collecting nesting material. It wasn't until later, after viewing the images that I noticed the plastic ribbons wind blown into a dead Pine that she had spotted and was collecting.  
Here we see a completed nest. It hangs from a Pine branch about 20 feet high.
Here, the female has just arrived at the nest with dinner. Very challenging to get a decent shot because she is so incredibly quick. A very solid tripod and camera mount are required gear along with pre-focussing on the exact spot she repetitively uses. The slightest hesitation and you have a blurry image.    
Here, the brighter coloured male arrives with dinner. He's a bit easier to photograph because he's slower upon his entry into the nest. Soon, I'll provide some images of the fledglings...hopefully.   

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Thursday, 12 May 2016

 It's Warbler season in Norfolk County!
This is a Nashville Warbler
A Cape May Warbler
 Yellow Warbler
 Magnolia Warbler
Although not a Warbler, a Baltimore Oriole is still welcome.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

 Tree Swallow checking out a nesting box.
 New arrival, a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

 A singing White-crowned Sparrow
 Pure Goldfinch
 A White-throated Sparrow
 A nutty Nuthatch
 A Red-winged Blackbird
 A goofy Grackle
Todays big prize...a Belted Kingfisher (male) and a Savannah Sparrow

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

 Winter Wren...I think?
 A White-throated Sparrow
 A White-crowned Sparrow
A Northern Flicker...formerly known as a 'Common' Flicker.

Over all, A great day for birding here in beautiful Norfolk County. I missed a Brown Thrasher. Had our first White-crowned Sparrow arrive along with multiple White-throated Sparrows. Had a close encounter with a Flicker. Still no Warblers here but I've heard the od one.