Category Archives: Learning about birds

Cardinalis cardinalis

February 14, 2013 Happy Valentine’s Day! I wasn’t planning to make a post about Northern Cardinals today, but when I left for work this morning I heard the beautiful sound of a male Cardinal belting out its Spring mating call … Continue reading

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The Great Blue Heron

October 6, 2012 I like Great Blue Herons. They are beautiful, graceful birds with impressive abilities as predators, and they are also a lot of fun to photograph! In Belleville and Prince Edward County these big birds are reasonably easy … Continue reading

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Thick-billed Kingbird (sighted in Ontario for the first time, ever!)

Aug. 31, 2012 Well, what an exciting week for birders in Ontario! For the first time ever, our province was visited by a Thick-billed Kingbird! It was first spotted on Tuesday evening at Presqu’ile Park near the Calf Pasture. It … Continue reading

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Virginia Rail

May 30, 2012 Apparently, the expression “thin as a rail’ is referring to the ‘rail’ of a fence. However, it could quite easily have been inspired by the Virginia Rail, whose narrow body allows it to easily slip through the thick … Continue reading

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Downy Woodpecker and Hairy Woodpecker

April 27, 2012 Most people are familiar with the Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens). It is the smallest of the North American woodpeckers, and it is also the most common woodpecker in eastern Canada – especially at garden bird feeders. If … Continue reading

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