Friday, February 28, 2014

Limpkin - adult and juvenile Florida Feb 2014

  • The Limpkin, Aramus guarauna, is a bird that looks like a large rail but is skeletally closer to cranes. Thanks to our guide Kathryn we saw two limpkin in a tree, a juvenile in the marsh and two more adults on the canal.  This is a lifer for me as well.

  • young limpkin

    Two were in the tree - making calls to each other

    Adult Limpkin

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

    Northern Crested Caracara in Florida Feb 2014.

    On our trip to Florida one of my main birds I really wanted to see was a Northern Crested Caracara.  Donna, Janet and I were thrilled to see one at Viera Wetlands.  Our guide Kathryn Dow had great eyes and spotted it from a back road.  Following his flight we were so fortunate to see him land on the mount by the heron rookery.  A few shots of this amazing bird.

    In flight

    And away he goes.  Wonderful bird of prey. 

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

    Eastern Screech owl in nesting box in back yard.

    Last year we had a pair of screech owls nesting in the box.  This year Nov came and went and figured they were gone.  On Feb 8, 2014 I looked out and was surprised to see the owl head out of the box.  Welcome back

    Snowy Owl released Feb 16, 2014 thanks to Toronto Wildlife Centre.

    Thanks to the wonderful staff of Toronto Wildlife centre this beautiful Snowy Owl was released back in the wild.  He was found in a sewage treatment plant. Rescued, given numerous baths to clean up the dirt, then watched carefully.  Thankfully he was able to be released today.  All photos taken by Donna Hayes.

    Thank you TWC for your great work.

    A beautiful magnificent owl.  check out the pink on the face.

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

    Snowy Owls - on a bright sunny day Feb 2014

    On Saturday I was fortunate to see three snowy owls.  Only Pam and I there to enjoy the beauties.

    You can't hide from me

    Fly free

    At the end of the day found 3 more

    Yes that is a snowy way off in the distance

    Rory playing in the snow. Feb 2014

    Can you see me

    on the run again

    Cardinal Doves Nuthatches and more on a snowy day Feb 2014

    Female Northern Cardinal




    Chick a dee

    Red Breasted Nuthatch

    Turkey on the fence

    Tree Sparrow