Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 in Review

Happy New Year everybody! I thought I'd share a few photos from the past year, and sum up the year of birding for me. I've also linked posts from each notable birding experience that I blogged about this year, if you're interesting in reading more.

 I shall include a few photos from Florida even though it wasn't technically in 2016.
We went to Florida in December 2015 and came back the day before the new year.

Roseate Spoonbill
Ruddy Turnstone 

Caspian Tern
Reddish Egret

When we got home we were greeted by some beautiful winter finches that haven't been too common the past few years, like this female Pine Grosbeak.

female Pine Grosbeak

In March we went on a birding trip to the Boreal forest an hour or two east of us to look for owls and the elusive Black-backed or Three Toed Woodpecker.

It was quite successful, we saw a Northern Hawk Owl, Great Grey Owl, Northern Shrike and a Black-backed Woodpecker (a lifer).

Great Grey Owl

Black-backed Woodpecker

Bald Eagle

Spring yielded a good amount of sparrows around the feeders.


Another very exciting thing that happened was the pair Long-eared Owls returned to our property. Last year they nested right in our small woods, and the year before that they were around a lot but we didn't find their nest. This year the owlets were around a lot in June.
Long-eared Owlet

At the end of May I did my second Birdathon! We got 127 species, compared to 90 species from the previous birdathon. Christian Artuso was very generous to help us out and come along.


A few photos from the Birdathon
American Goldfinch
female American Redstart
Golden-winged Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler

Red-headed Woodpecker (a lifer)
Sandhill Crane

American White Pelicans

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Virginia Rail (a lifer)

In June my brother William (who is also interested in birds) went to Alberta for a friend's graduation. He saw some great birds there, including a Rufous Hummingbird.
Rufous Hummingbird

Mountains in Alberta
When William was in Alberta some of my family and I were canoeing in Kenora (a town a few hours east of Winnipeg).

Us canoeing in Kenora

In September we went for an outing to Assiniboine Park and got some nice shots of some Hummingbirds.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

At the end of September we went birding with Christan Artuso along the Winnipeg beaches and saw some nice birds.


Pectoral Sandpiper
Birders marching along the trail
In November a shocking bird showed up in Pinewa, a small town east of Winnipeg. It was a Painted Redstart, the first ever record of this bird in Manitoba. 
We were lucky enough to see it just before it left from the area.

Painted Redstart
And at last, in the middle of December we went to the Oak Hammock Marsh Christmas Bird Count. It was very cold but our team was able to see 10 species. The highlight that we saw was a Rough-legged Hawk, pretty rare at this time of year. 
Rough-legged Hawk

Thanks for reading folks! That is what my year of birding was like. If you haven't seen them yet, I hope you check out the posts I linked to throughout. I hope you enjoyed it!

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