April 25th – About Town

What a great shot of this Chipping Sparrow amidst flowering buds. -AG


The physical distancing requirements for dealing with this virus have resulted in a lot of folks staying close to home. But as these pictures will attest: there’s a lot of things to see in your own community – you don’t have to travel long distances.

April has been a brutal month for early migrants – for migrants generally. And storms in the American southeast have been holding things up as well. But…..I think we’re about to see the dam burst and these pictures will show a wide variety of birds.

Thanks to everyone that have sent me photos of their sightings over the past few days. I am going to try to organize them according to general habitats.

Running and open Water:

Horned Grebe in full breeding (or alternate) plumage. -AG


Male Lesser Scaup. -AG


Trumpeter Swan – complete with wing tag. -AG


Caspian Tern. -CR


Just 28 out of a flock of 61 Double-crested Cormorants over Caledonia, heading north. -KMP


Male Northern Shoveller. -MMG


Great Blue Heron on the prowl. -MMG


Mink seem to be more common in southern Ontario these days. Is it because mink coats have fallen out of fashion? -AG


Fields and meadows:

Tree Swallows taking ownership. -MMG


A swallow box makes a great hunting perch for this American Kestrel. -MMG


Swallow boxes also make great singing perches for grassland/meadow birds – like this Savannah Sparrow. -MMG


Savannah Sparrow. -WF


Tree Swallow taking ownership of a nesting box. -AG


Backyards:

Male Downy Woodpecker. -MMG


Goldfinches hitting the feeder. The males are getting really bright! -LET


Male Northern Cardinal checking out Karen’s backyard. -KMP


Pair of American Goldfinches at the backyard feeder. -CR


A pair of Northern Cardinals at the feeder. -AG


Common Grackle giving the owl some attitude. -LET


Forest and scrub:

Song Sparrow. -AG


Dog-tooth Violet. Yellow is their common colour but many of the ones at Ruthven are white. -MMG


Trillium – the Ontario floral emblem. -MMG


Male (black moustache) Northern Flicker in sumac. -MMG


Great shot of a male Ruby-crowned Kinglet. -MMG


A very handsome Song Sparrow. -MMG


Rick

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