Jun 24 2021
male, adult, summer plummage, outside normal range
Coldwater - My first chance seeing a male in breeding plumage. Previous records have been females (Reeve).
Jan 31 2021
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.
male, adult, outside normal range
Long Sault - I returned to the area to try for a male that had been seen with the female. I found it and after quite some time it swam close enough to the road that I was able to get good shots.
Dec 12 2020
female, adult, outside normal range
Long Sault - The noticeable differences between the Barrow's female and the Common Goldeneye are a shorter bill that is yellow or yellow-orange, a more vertical head profile and darker head plumage. The head darkness is harder to separate from the Common in dull light.
Dec 10 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