This is my third post in my 'Spring has Sprung' series. See my other here.
New year birds continue to be seen here, as well as a few lifers
In one of my walks to the back, I saw something that looked like a duck fly into a tree. At first I thought it was a Mallard, but then of course, only Wood Ducks go in trees. Once I got a good look at it I knew it wasn't a duck, but a Sharp-tailed Grouse! It stayed in the tree for a while when I just stood there taking pictures.
I got a flight shot when I finally moved a bit and was scared off. We saw the grouse for the next couple days.
My brother came back from a bike ride and said that he saw some Grey Partridge, which I hadn't seen before. The next day when I was biking around the same spot I saw them fly up, too suddenly for a picture. I used the only picture my brother got of them for a Weekly What Bird recently.
When y and my brother were biking together, we went down a side road, I thought we would see nothing, but I meas wrong. There were a bunch of robins and some starlings, and some Cedar Waxwings, wait... those don't look like Cedar Wacwings. Bohemian Waxwings! A new lifer! They were sitting in a berry tree which gave us some good shots!
|Eating a berry|
|This morning I saw the Pileated Woodpecker near the feeders, but this time it wasn't the normal one. A male! That makes a pair! Maybe they'll nest here.|
|Male Pileated Woodpecker|
|I got this picture of it flying|
On the way back, we saw a junco, but it looked a bit weird for a junco. We got closer, it was a thrush. I quickly identified it as a Hermit Thrush by it's red tail.
|First Hermit Thrush of the year for me!|
We have went out a couple times to see the owls. I have located there favorite roosting trees, as every time we went out they have been there. I went out one time, and not five feet in front of me it flew away, they are incredibly camouflaged.
As our Birds of Canada book says:
"A master of disguise and illusion, the Long-eared Owl blends into its shady, wooded background by flattening its feathers and assuming a thin, vertical form."
|Hiding behind a tree|
Wow! I would have never found it if it hadn't been for the other one that flew away, revealing their presence. I got to a better spot to get some pictures of it's whole body. They are a lot smaller than I thought, but when they fly they look big. They are really thin and tall, so I think it makes them look small but they have long wings.
I did a sketch of a Long-eared Owl from our Birds of Canada book
|My Long-eared Owl sketch|
Before I saw one for real I always thought they looked just about the same as Great-horned Owls and were the same size, I know better now.
|When I was outback I was able to get really close to a chickadee, and I got really good photos.|
Stay tuned for the last part! (unless more Spring birds show up in the next few days)
Thanks to Prairie Birder's and her FoF prompt