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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Assiniboine Park

Several days ago I went to Assiniboine Park with some of my family. Assiniboine Park is a very nice park in Winnipeg that's great for warblers and other birds.



We walked around the English Gardens where there were a lot of hummindbirds flying around.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
 There were quite a few warblers but they were very high in the trees and I couldn't tell what they were.


Chipping Sparrow

Bumblebee 


Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

After walking around the gardens for a while we went across the road to the duck pond.
Mallard

Grey Squirrel 
 There were lots of Mallards but also some Wood Ducks as well.
Wood Duck

Wood Ducks

Mallard

Mallard


Mallard

Mallard

Wood Duck

Wood Duck

Wood Ducks
 There was also one American Black Duck at the pond...
American Black Duck

American Black Duck

American Black Duck

American Black Duck

...and a female Hooded Merganser.
female Hooded Merganser

female Hooded Merganser

female Hooded Merganser

Mallard

This just looks funny!

Mallard

Mallard

Mallard

Wood Duck



After that we biked around the park but didn't see too much else in the way of birds.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Weekly What Bird Wednesday

See if you can guess this week's bird, leave your guess in the comments.



Other What Bird Wednesday posts:
Bird Boy's

Last weeks was a difficult one. It was a photo of a Rufous Hummingbird (it was a orange spot among the leaves on the left side of the photo) William took in Alberta.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Weekly What Bird Wednesday

Alright, so sorry I haven't posted much lately. Here's a photo William took in Alberta, it's a real hard one. See if you can guess it. 
Leave your guess in the comments
Other What Bird Wednesday posts:
Bird Boy's

Last time's bird was a Northern Waterthrush

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Birdathon (part 3)

I am sorry for taking so long with posts, the summer has been whizzing by.


After seeing some warblers at the boreal forest we came back to our house for supper then headed to Oak Hammock Marsh.

 As always we saw lots of pelicans at Lockport on the way to Oak Hammock Marsh
American White Pelicans

American White Pelicans
Cliff Swallow

Stopped to look at birds on the way to Oak Hammock Marsh

There were some pretty spectacular clouds

Oak Hammock Marsh


Like always there were numerous duck species at the ponds at Oak Hammock. Ruddy Duck in the center, others are Redhead and Lesser Scaup
Numerous duck species

Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre 

Purple Martin
Purple Martin

Purple Martin

There were Great-horned Owls nesting in a duck tunnel and we saw one of the young in the nest.
Great-horned Owl

Red-winged Black Bird

Black Tern

Yellow-headed Blackbird


Richardson's Ground Squirrel hiding in grass

Barn Swallow

Tree Swallow

Richardson's Ground Squirrel

Richardson's Ground Squirrel

Yellow-headed Blackbird
The clouds were pretty beautiful along with a rainbow and lighting flashing.
More clouds







Among the reeds we found a Muskrat munching on something
Muskrat 


Red-winged Blackbird

Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler

Using an audo player we played the sound of a sora and we heard it respond but unfortunately we didn't se it. We also played a Virginia Rail sound, and we did have success with it. Out of the reeds came the elusive bird, right in view for excellent photos! It was quite an experience.
Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail

Clouds
On the way home from the marsh the sun was just setting in  bright orange.
Brilliant sunset
We stopped by Silver Springs Park before we went home to see if we could add any last minute birds to the list.
We added Osprey and Spotted Sandpiper, the last two birds of the birdathon.
Silver Springs Park
The total count was 127 species!
Ebird Checklists:

http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist/S30075287
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist/S30075537
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist/S30075663
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist/S30080182
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist/S30080242
http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/view/checklist/S30080263

And that concludes the birdathon! A huge thank you to Christian Artuso for helping us on the birdathon and making it so much fun. Also thank you to everyone who donated to make the second part of the birdathon a success! There is still time to donate, you can go to my page HERE.