I also visited one of my favourite trails which has a nice mixture of habitat...deciduous woods, jack pines, clumps of cedars, marsh and open field. Our local field-naturalists' club maintains a feeder there, too. The snow has all melted, the water was all open, and it was lovely to hear the birdsong ringing through the woods...pine siskins chattering, bohemian waxwings trilling, cardinals and juncos and song sparrows all singing. Can't wait for the butterflies, frogs, snakes and dragonflies to emerge...then it will truly feel like "home"!!!!
84. Tree Swallow
85. American Wigeon
86. Ruddy Duck
87. Brown-headed Cowbird
88. Eastern Phoebe
89. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
91. Great Egret
My birding partner and I drove to Cooper Marsh (just east of Cornwall on the St. Lawrence River) via the Casselman Sewage Lagoons on Good Friday. It was a fantastic day, with many species of waterfowl seen at the lagoons (although not many individuals of each; at first we thought the lagoons were all empty!) as well as our first Tree Swallows. Unfortunately I was not able to photograph the ducks as they were at the back of the lagoons - too bad, as I'd love to get a nice photo of a male Redhead some day!
The best part of Cooper Marsh was when a Great Egret flew in and landed in front of one of the two viewing blinds while we were in the other. We ran over to the other one, and got some great shots of the egret. A full account of our outing has been posted in my blog (see link below).
Finally, a decent photo of an accipiter! This is a juvenile female, as determined from a photographer's pictures of a mating pair (she was the one on the bottom, and larger than the adult male). While I did see the male in the same area, he was not as cooperative and I wasn't able to photograph him.
120. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
121. Chimney Swift
Seen May 3, 2009 (Tremblay Beach CA):
122. House Wren
123. Baltimore Oriole
124. Common Yellowthroat
125. Palm Warbler
My trip to southern Ontario last week was wonderful, with lots of new birds for my year list and 6 new lifers. I started my trip in Cambridge, where my parents live, and from there we drove to Wheatley, visiting Point Pelee, Rondeau, Hillman Marsh and a few other places. Though the parks weren't as "birdy" as I had hoped, the weather was wonderful (unlike last year)!
I wish I had taken more than just the one photo of the White-eyed Vireo, but it and the Hooded Warbler had emerged into the open at the same time and I focused on the warbler instead. Both were lifers for me. I'm also pleased I got some photos of the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher this year.
144. American Redstart
145. Carolina Wren
146. Sandhill Crane
147. Eastern Kingbird
148. American Coot
The last birds from Point Pelee. The Sandhill Crane flew right over us and landed close by, though it was screened by all the branches. I wish I had gotten a photo of the wren, as it's only the second time I've ever seen this species. The coot was amazingly cooperative!
I was so startled when the yellow bird I saw at the parking lot of a conservation area turned out to be a Wilson's Warbler! I didn't see this species at all last year, and wasn't able to photograph it the year before that when it was a lifer for me. I was thrilled to finally be able to get a photo of it!
Then, when I got home, I saw a male hummingbird at my feeder for the first time this season!