Three things today...a) Magpie Wars, b) Hover Hunting and c) the Largest Tongue
a) Magpies in Australia defend their nests every year by dive bombing and injuring hundreds of people. Wildlife officials are suggesting drawing large eyes on top of headgear or wearing helmets or large hats.…Continue
It is the end of May 2010, Karl Branch and I are doing an unofficial owl survey in the Nepisiguit Protected Natural Area. We are along the "old river road" following the Nepisiguit River, between Popple Depot and the east boundary of Mount Carleton Provincial Park. It is calm with an overcast sky; a great evening to hear the sounds of the night.
At Stop 5, we start our CD play-back at 11:22 PM. After the first minute of silence, we hear a Northern Saw-whet Owl hooting in the…Continue
Today we talk about (a) Seed eating (b) Egg cracking and (c)The first bird book....
a. Most birds like finches do not simply bite a seed to open it. The lower mandible moves forward and backward until it opens, then side to side to remove the rest of the husk. (Hmm, that's what I do when I eat sunflower seeds).…Continue
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Face of an Owl
The circle of feathers around an owl's eyes, called the facial disk, is the bird's most characteristic feature. The flatness of the disk and the structure of the feathers serve to enhance the hearing of nocturnal…Continue
This is a column I wrote early in December elaborating on a few of the sightings I posted here, maybe you'll get a chuckle at my inadequacies and it may help you remember the field marks better than I can. (Learn from the mistakes of others and all that...)
We've been keeping a yard list for just about 20 years now, the beauty of staying in one place for so long is bragging rights to a pretty good list, not great, I have a friend with about 50 more than me, but…Continue
I get a call from Barbara, of the Gîte Toutes Saisons B&B in Pointe-Verte, wanting to know if I am interested in seeing owls. There is a nest in her neighbour’s back yard and they would like to have it identified. Can I come around at sunset when the adults are feeding the young ones? I sure can!!!
I arrive at Pointe-Verte and walk over with Barbara to her neighbour’s house, a pre-fabricated log home. She introduces me to Nick and his wife. I am not the only one interested in…Continue
I would like to share with others my New Year's Day Barred Owl of 2010. It is 3 years ago on New Year’s Day and I head for the spring on my woodlot with two water containers. I also have the camera around my neck. I do not go very far before I hear a cacophony of caws from crows, guttural craw-craw from ravens and the screaming sound of jay-jay-jay from blue jays. To my surprise, even pileated woodpeckers join in with their kik-kik-kikkik!
My immediate thought: there is a…Continue
Lists, lists, lists.....One of the appeals of birdwatching is making a list of birds seen. The most common is the life list - the number of different bird species seen in one's life. However, there are many others--daily lists, yearly lists, provincial lists, country lists and backyard feeder lists. My life-time list is sadly only 189 but it is made with birds that I absolutely have to identify…Continue