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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Painted Redstart

Some of you may have heard of Painted Redstart that was seen in Pinewa, Manitoba. It is the third record in Canada, and the first in Manitoba.
On Monday I went to Pinewa (1 hour east of where I live) to see if I could find it. Nearly as soon as we got to the area we were told it was around there it was in a tree. Over the next ten minutes I was able to get some nice photos of it, but then it disappeared until several hours at later, when we saw it at the same spot just after sunset.


Painted Redstart

Painted Redstart

Painted Redstart

Painted Redstart

I walked around the neighborhood in search of the bird, and it was absolutely crawling with deer.





It was a fantastic experience to get such a great look at it. It's a beautiful bird!

You can see their range map on ebird: http://ebird.org/ebird/canada/map/paired?neg=true&env.minX=&env.minY=&env.maxX=&env.maxY=&zh=false&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Birding At the Winnipeg Beaches

I'm very sorry for my inactivity recently but finally here is a post. About a month  ago we went birding with Christian Artuso about an hour north of Winnipeg along the beaches of Lake Winnipeg. We started north at Victoria Beach and slowly worked our way south from there.

We walked along the stony shore, armed with two cameras, a spotting scope and binoculars.
There were a fair number of Lapland Longspurs and we got some fantastic views of them.
Lapland Longspur

And of course... gulls. There wasn't anything particularly exciting in the gull department, Ring-billed, Herring, and Bonaparte's mostly, along with some Caspian, Common and Forster's Terns.
Ring-billed Gull

Lapland Longspur
It was a little bit odd to see a Savannah Sparrow out along the shore.
Savannah Sparrow

Herring Gull

Herring Gull

Lapland Longspur

There was also a good number of American Pipits, though they were more skittish than the Longpurs, so photos were harder.
We also found this beautiful Pectoral Sandpiper, foraging among the pebbles.
Pectoral Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper


Lapland Longspur

Lapland Longspur

Lapland Longspur
And our fabulous guide and friend, Christian! 
Christian Artuso
The changing colours of fall made for some very pretty landscapes. Here are quite a few non-bird photos, if you don't mind.



Among the rocky shore here there was a flock of American Pipits.



William (left) and Christian (right)




Far out on a group of rocks in the water we saw a Bald Eagle, and we eventually meandered far enough to be in photo distance.
Immature Bald Eagle


Matthew with the camera

Stony shore

Christian (left) and William (right) using the spotting scope









That's me! (Josiah)


William and Christian
This was quite an interesting tree, it had basically grown into a rock.

Me on the trail


From left to right: Matthew, Josiah, William, Christian

Well, that's all folks! I might still post a few photos from the trip, but there aren't many more bird pictures. All in all it was very fun and successful, and a huge thank you to Christian for taking us!


Friday, October 21, 2016

Feathers on Friday

Very sorry for my utter inactivity, I've been quite busy with school.

Here's a few quick photos of a Yellow-rumped Warbler.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Other FoF posts:
Bird Boy
Prairie Birder

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.