Say’s Phoebe (8)
male, adult, outside normal plummage
Amherst Island (Kingston area) - This bird just showed up yesterday and I was determined to try for it having missed others in Ontario over the years. A Western species, one shows up every few years somewhere but it was always too far. This one was within reach. Morning light was against me today so it was over an hour before I managed to get anything worthwhile and this, part of a sequence three hours later, was when I said goodbye. By the way, identified as male because it sang.
Mar 30
Willow Ptarmigan (4)
Mar 3
adult
Val-d'Or – I was going through some of my trip files from northern Quebec earlier this month and recall the conditions when we found the ptarmigan. It was rough, a far cry from where we are today thankfully. Discovering a flock close to the road on the second day, after hours of searching was a thrill I'll always remember.
Mar 28
House Finch (21)
Feb 17
male, adult
Boucherville - Now we have the species covered in the West and the East.
Mar 27
House Finch (21)
Feb 13
male
I'm surprised we have so few House Finch uploads. Delta, BC during a snowfall.
Mar 26
Northern Flicker (43)
Feb 13
male
Delta, BC
Mar 26
Spotted Towhee (22)
Feb 13
adult
Delta, BC
Mar 26
Bewick’s Wren (12)
Feb 13
adult
Delta, BC
Mar 26
Great Grey Owl (49)
immature
This bird eluded us for most of the winter but briefly reappeared in an area where we could observe it. The Great Gray is truly a woodland owl but likes to hunt the edges when it can. In this case it rarely came to the roadside. We identified it as a first year bird based on the pointed rather than rounded tail tips and pale rather than dark-tipped primaries. I last saw it early in January.
Mar 25
Barrow’s Goldeneye (19)
Mar 21
male, adult
Ottawa - A rare winter visitor for us. They get one or two each winter, one of the very few in Ontario.
Mar 24
Canada Jay (16)
Mar 16
Algonquin Provincial Park - Some of the jays (renamed Canada Jay a couple of years ago) are already nesting but a few were on one trail taking advantage of handouts.
Mar 22