Thursday, April 26, 2018
A Tundra Swan was posted as being at Reesor Pond on ebird, so on the way home from Cranberry Marsh we stopped off there. Low and behold we sighted it.
We can ID this swan as the Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus), rather than the very similar Trumpeter Swan by the following:
- The U-shaped border on the forehead, rather than the V-shaped border of the Trumpeter Swan.
The U-shaped border can be seen in the first two photos.
- The thin connection of the eye to the bill, rather than the broad connection of the Trumpeter Swan.
Because of this, the eye is prominent in the Tundra Swan, as in these photos.
- The curve at the gape, rather than the straighter edge of the Trumpeter Swan. This can be seen in
the last four photos.
- A slightly concave bill, rather than the straight bill of the Trumpeter Swan. You can see this in the
the fourth photo.
The Tundra Swan is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 780.
The last few days, ebird has indicated that a Eurasian Wigeon had been sighted at Cranberry Marsh at Lynde Shores Conservation Area in Whitby. We went on Tuesday and today and finally sighted and photographed it today. We were able to sight it with the help of another birder who had a scope.
We can ID this duck as a breeding male Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) by its following characteristics:
- Dark rufous head and neck with a buffy forehead (you can just make the buffy forehead out in
the first two photos).
- Gray flanks and back.
- Black rear end.
- White patch on wings.
- Pinkish-gray breast.
- Bluish-gray bill with black tip.
The Eurasian Wigeon is common and widespread in the Old World and is a sporatic visitor to North America. Eurasian Wigeons can often be found in the company of American Wigeons.
The Eurasian Wigeon is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 779.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
The Northern Shovelers in the first two photos are breeding males. In the last photo a female Northern Shoveler is in the center and the breeding males on the left and right.