Saturday, 31 August 2013

Solitary Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper

I came across a great place where I thought some shorebirds might show up a few weeks ago. Its called Lane's Creek. The creek runs into the Saint John River and found two Great Blue Heron there and some Double-creasted Cormorants there and made a mental note to go back there again.
This afternoon I found five Killdeer, a couple Solitary and Spotted Sandpipers, three Greater Yellowlegs and three Least Sandpipers. I was quite surprised to see so many shorebirds in Carleton County.

Black & White Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, Least Flycatcher

It has been quite a while since I have posted so I'll focus on some highlights of my backyard. Over the past few weeks, there have been many different families of birds that have spent time around our yard. Here is the list that I even added to today - Mourning Dove, Chipping Sparrow, Purple Finch, Black-capped Chickadee, Cedar Waxwing, American Goldfinch, Robin, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Hairy Woodpecker, and Red-eyed Vireo (pictured).

I've also had a Least Flycatcher (pictured) in my yard for over a week now.

A few weeks ago, I had 6 Common Nighthawks flying over my house which my son and I enjoyed watching for a few minutes.

Its harder to find warblers out on my walks now, but lately I just need to look outside to find some. Here is what has been in my yard over the past two weeks - Blackburian, Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Northern Parula and Black & White (pictured).

Its the first time I've had a Black and White Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo and Least Flycatcher (just to be clear, this is my neighbor's satellite as we don't have a television!) in my yard before (pictured below in order).

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Black-bellied Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

I was over on PEI again this past weekend and since it was our last trip of the summer, I went out birding a few extra times. I found 20 more species bringing my total up to 71 different birds that I found in two trips to the island this summer. The following five species were lifers; Ruddy Turnstone, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, White-rumped Sandpiper, Rusty Blackbird, and Black-bellied Plover. Now that I have seen these five on PEI, I hope to now find them in New Brunswick!