This is the fourth post in the Road Trip to the East series. See my other posts:
We continued seeing lot's of birds at the feeders. There are never a shortage of Mourning Doves too.
|Three Mourning Doves sitting in a tree|
The property has a really cool forest behind it which you can walk through to the Credit River. The ice storm had knocked down a lot of trees in the woods, sometimes blocking the path. Geese were very common at the river, and everywhere else.
I took daily walks down to the river with my brother.
|Canada Geese flying|
|I had gotten a picture of these birds. I thought they were both Common Goldeneye's, but when I looked closer on the computer, I could tell, on of them wasn't a goldeneye. I wasn't quite sure what it was, merganser maybe. I looked up what mergansers looked like, that was for sure what it was, a Common Merganser, which is a new bird for me. I was quite lucky to identify it first try. The bird on the right is a female goldeneye.|
|Common Merganser (left) and female Common Goldeneye (right)|
Here's another female Common Goldeneye
One day, when we were just getting back to the house, we noticed something in the tree, a bird, a hawk, a Cooper's or Sharp-shinned Hawk! After a while we identified it as a Sharp-shinned.
We thought there had been a hawk living around here, we had found remains of a cardinal and cedar waxwing. I was lucky to get this picture of it flying.
|I am really impressed with this photo of it flying away.|
To my surprise, one day a Red-winged Blackbird showed up at the feeders. I'm not used to having them actually come to the feeders.
I had lot's of time sitting in front of the feeders with the camera, so I tried to get some flying pictures. I was really successful as you can see from the Red-breasted Nuthatch pictures below.
|Red-breasted Nuthatch flying. |
|Taking a seed.|
Stay tuned for the next part!
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