From October to April…

May 9, 2015
May is by far my favourite month of the year! If there’s such a thing as a best time to get out and do some bird watching, this is the month! Next weekend is the start of, what I call, “Warbler Week” – the Prince Edward Point ‘Spring Birding Festival’ – and Prince Edward Point is definitely the place to be if you want to see a plethora of the most colourful, vocal, active little birds – my favourites – the warblers. :)

I’m off work from the 16th through the 24th, so you can expect several posts (with warbler photos :) ) during that time.

Earlier this week a friend of mine, Susan Lang, suggested that I post some of the photos that I took during my recent hiatus (from last October until this April). So here they are,,,

First up is a young Raven.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2014
This was taken just north of Napanee. Elaine and I discovered a spot where there were dozens of Turkey Vultures perched in trees. As I approached to get some shots of the vultures, this very vocal young Raven flew into the area. Ravens make a very distinct ‘croaking’ sound – quite different from crows.
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This next shot was taken during the Multi-club competition last October.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2014
It’s a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. If you look closely you can see a hint of its ruby-coloured crown which gets quite pronounced when the male bird gets excited.

This Barred Owl was in Presqu’ile Provincial Park, in late December.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2014
Elaine and I had just left the lighthouse, and I had jokingly suggested that we were going to now see a Barred Owl, and wouldn’t you know it, there he was! But it had nothing to do with my ESP. It was just pure luck. :)

Next is a shot I got fairly recently of a Brown Creeper.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015
The colouration on this little bird is the perfect camouflage, and if they’re sitting still they are almost impossible to see.

In a recent trip to Prince Edward Point, I got this photo of a Golden-crowned Kinglet.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2014
It had been flitting around in the tall grass, and I had to wait patiently for it to pop up into the open for a second so I could get its picture.

This time of year, in the waters of Prince Edward Bay the ducks are actively seeking mates. This involves a lot of courtship displays and songs. The most vocal of these ducks is the Long-tailed Duck. Its “ow ow-oolet” call is a song that plays non-stop wherever these beautiful little ducks gather.
Here’s a shot of male Long-tailed Duck in its breeding colours.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015

This next photo was also taken during last October’s Multi-club Competition.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2014
It’s a White-throated Sparrow perched in its natural environment – a shot I love as much for the beautiful setting as I do for the beautiful little bird.

Finally, I will leave you with a shot that I got in my own back yard.
(c) copyright Garry Kirsch, 2015
This White-breasted Nuthatch is proof that you don’t have to travel long distances to see (and photograph) great wild birds! :)

I hope you have enjoyed this ‘best of’ post. Next week I will be hunting for warblers and sharing my adventures during this year’s ‘Warbler Week’!


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6 Responses to From October to April…

  1. Our birding season is flourishing! A couple of new ones for me. I hurt my foot, and have been sitting on the front porch resting it. Much fun! Yay, Spring!!!

    • Garry Kirsch says:

      The Spring birding is going great so far this year. Sorry to hear that you’ve hurt your foot. I hope you’re up and about again soon.

  2. Susan says:

    Great collection Garry! Thanks for posting. They’re all beautiful shots of course but I’m particularly taken by the barred owl.

    • Garry Kirsch says:

      Thanks Susan! I don’t often see Barred Owls, so I was thrilled to get that shot. :)

  3. Neva Campbell says:

    I loved the “hiatus” collection, Garry! Thank you, and have fun during “Warbler Week”!

    • Garry Kirsch says:

      Thanks Neva! I’m glad you liked the photos. Warbler Week is always such a great time, and hopefully I’ll get a few good images of the little beauties that I can post on my blog. :)

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