I finished colouring my Pine Warblers! My favourite is perched on pine needles. His tongue is visible between his mandibles and he even has a little black insect chopsticked there. All the warblers are males in breeding plumage. Females are mostly different tones of warm grey with a few patches of muted yellow. If you […]
Happy World Migratory Bird Day and a belated Happy Draw-a-Bird Day! Did you see any new migratory birds today? I went out for a couple of hours and saw 24 different bird species, two of which were new migrants – a Palm Warbler and a Clay-coloured Sparrow. I also got caught in two short but […]
On August 25th, I met the “migratory alter ego” of a Northern Waterthrush hopping along the narrow, sandy bank of the small island where the Confederation Park creek bifurcates. I was crouching on the opposite bank, in tall grasses and scratchy thistles, watching a Solitary Sandpiper wading in shallow water and probing the water’s surface […]
It is hard to identify a female or juvenile warbler that has very different plumage from a male of the same species by scrolling through a list of warbler photographs. I finally had my eureka moment when I Googled “yellow and black tail feathers”. This feathered creature was actively hopping from branch to branch, in […]
an Audubon’s Warbler (Setophaga coronata auduboni, a subspecies of the Yellow-rumped Warbler) flying into a tree across from The Laughing Bean at the corner of Slocan and Hastings. Well, I saw at least two, a female (photographed above) and a male.