Saturday, 9 January 2016

Eastern Towhee

I got to see my 201st bird in New Brunswick this morning. Last night I got a call that there has been a female Eastern Townhee coming to feeders at a yard just outside of Hartland. I made the trip up this morning and got to watch it for a good half hour. At first I watched it inside with the owner of the house and later went outside at saw it in this tree (it came out along with a Song Sparrow & Dark-eyed Junco after some pishing) and even got to hear it!

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Cooper's Hawk

Yesterday I made a trip to Fredericton and couldn't help put pull over when I saw a large accipiter in a tree downtown. I've been hoping to find a Cooper's Hawk on my own for a while now so I studied it with my binoculars and then took a few different photos to confirm its ID. The rounded tail stood out as well as its flat head. It's been a great to start to 2016 as I've already found 35 species.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Red Crossbill

I was very pleased to find two Red Crossbills today (first is a female, second a male). I've only ever seen them once so it was great to be able to find them again and this time study them for a bit longer. They were on the side of the road getting some grit so I backed up and watched them in the trees for a while before they flew away.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Lifer #200 for NB! Greater White-fronted Goose

Thanks for a tip for a friend who is a hunter (it is duck season!), I got to see my first Greater White-fronted Goose last week and #200 for NB. It was with a flock of thirty or so Canada's in the Saint John River. I watched it for ten minutes or so with my scope, but couldn't get the greatest picture as it was quite far out. He was telling me how it was easy to spot in flight and to hear it among the Canada Geese. Hopefully someday I'll get to experience the same thing and find one on my own. I played with the photo a bit so that its orange bill and the size difference would stand out more. 

Barrow's Goldeneye

For the past little while, I've been scanning Common Goldeneye's in hopes of finally seeing a Barrow's. This happened just a few weeks ago and since then, I've seen them on a few occasions in the Saint John River. The first I found was a male in the sewage lagoon. It really stood out since I have been so used to just seeing Common's. I later found a few females (the different color bill stood out) and I'm hoping one is still around for the Christmas Bird Count here in Woodstock.

Here is a photo of the male I saw. Its not the greatest photo as it was at the far end of the lagoon, but its clear enough for a positive ID.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Tufted Titmouse

Over the past 3 weeks, there have been close to 10 sightings of a Tufted Titmouse in New Brunswick. This was one of the first and was at a feeder twenty minutes northwest of Woodstock. It was my first for NB and I enjoyed watching it for nearly a half hour. This species appears to be moving north similar to the Red-bellied Woodpecker so it could become quite normal to have this many sightings each year from now on.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Least Sandpiper vs Semipalmated Sandpiper - PEI

I got this great shot last week comparing two shorebirds, Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers. There were quite a few around on the beaches and their differences really stood out when they were mixed in together. This was taken at Canoe Cove.