Sunday, July 31, 2016
This duck is either a domestic Muscovy Duck or a Muscovy-Mallard hybrid. It has the the red on the face and base of the bill of the Muscovy Duck, but was among a group of Mallards. It may be a juvenile, so we will wait and see.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
This American Goldfinch is a male In breeding plumage on a thistle plant. American Goldfinch feed on tree buds, weed seed, particularly thistle seed and some insects.
Friday, July 29, 2016
Even though it is not a great photo because of the lighting, we can ID this sandpiper as a breeding Stilt Sandpiper as follows:
- Long, drooping bill.
- White eyebrow.
- Long legs with greenish tinge. You can just make out the greenish tinge on the legs.
- Heavily dark barred underside.
- Dark splotches on the back.
The Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) is a new species to our Life List, which now stands at 309.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
You can see the male Mallard's neck and head have partially molted into the green of its breeding plumage. Also, the white plumage of the breeding male has started to show up.
The two larger swans with white plumage and all black bills are the adult Trumpeter Swans. The smaller swan with the grayish plumage and the bill that is only partially black is the juvenile Trumpeter Swan.
We can ID this woodpecker as a female Downy Woodpecker by the black and white pattern of its wings and head, its short bill and the absence of a red spot on back of its head (the male has such a red spot).
We can ID this woodpecker as a male Norther Flicker by its black malar stripe, black breast band and red on nape.
We identified this sandpiper as a juvenile Spotted Sandpiper as follows:
- Notch of white in front of folded wings.
- Tail is longer than wings.
- Brownish patches on side of breast (rather than very dark patches) indicates it is a juvenile.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
GREAT BLUE HERON, CANADA GEESE, SANDPIPERS & DUCKS, HOLLAND LANDING SEWAGE LAGOONS, EAST GWILLIMBURY, ON
The sandpipers are on the left in the first photo. We have not been able to ID them because of the distance.
We can ID this duck as an American Black Duck by its all dark blackish-brown bulky body, gray neck, dark eyeline and dark cap. It is probably a male, as indicated by is greenish-yellow bill.