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adult, outside normal range
Ottawa - A new bird for the region. This little guy gave me a hard time. It was first spotted while I was watching the Red Phalarope a couple of days ago. I I dashed about 10 km to a waiting throng of birders but despite a lengthy search it wasn't seen while I was there. This morning I had the bird all to myself for 90 minutes. It was still very elusive but I had a number of good shooting opportunities.
Nov 19
Jan 31 2021
male, adult
Ottawa - If you check the photo I posted the other day, you will notice that this red morph is in the same hole. Apparently this morning the gray was in the hole and the red came by and the gray flew out, surrendering the hole to this bird. Could they be a pair? Yes that's possible. This is not nesting season but they could be paired up. Only 10% of the population is red and in the Eastern part of the province they are fairly rare. I just did a comparison with the other photo and aside from the gray bird being fluffed up to keep warm, it is standing a bit taller on what is presumably the same perch as the red morph. Female raptors are larger than males. The colour has nothing to do with the bird's sex.
Feb 1
Dec 17 2020
multiple species
Wolfe Island (Kingston) - The uncommon Hoary in comparison with a Common Redpoll on the right. The hoary is paler overall with dull side streaks, unstreaked under the tail and a small bill, giving the face a pushed in look. Thousands of Common Redpolls have descended from the North and are appearing mainly in flocks of 25-100 in rural areas. Weedy fields or roadsides are preferred. When the snow is deep they should appear at feeders. There are a small number of Hoary Redpolls with them.
Redpolls are annoyingly skittish, often remaining only moments for observation. When they are at feeders they are far easier to observe.
Dec 18 2020
Oct 30 2020
St. Isidore - I found a flock of 110 in a freshly tilled field. It is late for this species and very late for a large flock. Note the absense of black in the 'armpit' distinguishing it from the Black-bellied Plover.
Nov 3 2020
Sep 1 2020
1000 Islands - This is a poor quality record shot of a wayward visitor to Ontario and New York. The remnants of Hurricane Laura were expected to bring the odd southern bird along for the ride. While the storm passed well below Canada, some birds would have been pushed along by the perimeter winds and continued north, stopping when they reached the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. This young Brown Pelican, an occasional visitor to Canada, spent about a week in the area, moving back and forth between the US and Canada.

Now for the photo. The pelican could really only be viewed with a scope, which I had, and even that was pushing it. I thought I'd at least try for a record shot for the fun of it. I lay the camera/500mm lens across the car roof (more stable than even my heavy tripod) and used a remote to minimize shake. I had to shift to manual focus because the lens couldn't pick up the distant subject. This is about a 50% crop so at least you can see the bird with its hefty bill and compare it to the smaller cormorants. When I returned home, I checked the distance using satellite view online with the distance measure. The bird was 3.4 km out but still identifiable. That was a record, record shot. :) Other birds that showed up along the lower Great Lakes included Laughing Gulls, Brown Booby and Magnificent Frigatebird.
Sep 8 2020
Jan 1 1970
This bird pitched up at a busy retirement village just 10 kilometres from my home. Life is full of surprises!
Aug 4 2020
Jun 19 2020
adult, summer plummage, outside normal range
Brockville - There had been several reports of pelicans along the St. Lawrence River between the Quebec border and the 1000 Islands in recent weeks but most were one-day wonders. This bird stuck it out for over a week north of Brockville in a conservation area.
Jun 20 2020
May 2 2020
Williamsburg - I was surprised when I found this bird because it was in the same area that I had the female Kestrel a while ago. I wondered if it would be as cooperative as she was and after moving slowly along the road to avoid flushing it I eventually got quite a number of good shots. It was hunting the ditch, ignoring me as well as cars and motorcycles driving by. I watched it for 10 minutes being as close as 6 metres with my car. It didn't care. It eventually caught a small garter snake and flew off into the woods. Cool. This bird was browner than some. I later saw the mate which was a bit rustier in the breast markings.
May 3 2020
Apr 6 2021
Not one of my best- from the early days with a 40D and 100-400 lens
Feb 17 2020