Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Thanks to our tour guide and avid birder, Eric, for identifying this bird and the others on the Avenal Volcano leg of our trip to Costa Rica. This is a distinctive bird with a black-and-gray head.
The Rufus-Collared Sparrow is a new species to our Life List, which now stands at 158.
This beautiful topiary garden is in Parque Francisco Alvarado in front of a magnificent church: Inglesia de San Rafael in Zarcero, Costa Rica. The church was built in 1895. The bushes in the garden are in the shape of various figures.
Monday, September 28, 2015
Sharon and I started our trip to Costa Rica this morning. We traveled all day. When we got to the Toronto airport we found out that our Delta flight to Atlanta had bee delayed from 6:20 am to 11 am due to mechanical ptoblems. This would mean we would miss our connection to San Jose, Costa Rica and would have to stay overnight in Atlanta. We would be late for the start of our tour on Tuesday.
Sharon came up wiyh a brilliant idea. In May we had traveled to Panama City by Copa Airlines, so she figured they might fly to San Jose. Low and behold they did. So we ended up taking Copa to Panama City and then to San Jose. We arrived at the San Jose Airport about 4 pm, but we did get here todsy.
Below are some photos from the plane.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Sharon and I were walking our dog Kenya, when we saw this rainbow rising up from the pond at Richmond Green Park. A few minutes later it was gone.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
This is a male Mallard molting from eclipse (nonbreeding) plumage to breeding plumage. The Mallard has much of its breeding plumage, but its head and neck are still in eclipse plumage; not the green of breeding plumage. During the molt from eclipse to breeding plumage only the body feathers molt; the flight feathers do not.
Friday, September 25, 2015
This is a juvenile European Starling molting into a nonbreeding adult. This generally occurs in September.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
This grebe has the short stout bill of a Pied-billed Grebe. It still has the black ring on the bill of a breeding Pied-billed Grebe.
This family of four is of the Eastern subspecies of Wild Turkey. The eastern subspecies has rufus feather tips, while the Southwestern subspecies and domestic varieties, which may have escaped, do not.
The Wild Turkey is a new species to our Life List, which now stands at 157.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
We identified this warbler as a juvenile (1st winter) Black-throated Green Warbler as follows:
- Yellow face with olive cheek
- Green upperside and crown
- White underside with faint greyish/black streaks (you can just make out one of these streaks)
- Two white wing-bars
- Relatively long tail
This Black-throated Green Warbler is a new species to our Life List, which now stands at 156.
This photo was taken last Friday at the Niagara Botanical Gardens. I am just posting it, as it took awhile to identify. I consulted with several experienced birders and the consensus was that it is a molting Americab Goldfinch.