Monday, April 2, 2012

5 New Species in One Day!

American Widgeon
My 5 New Species Sightings:

• Brown-Headed Cowbird
• Bald Eagle
• Golden Crowned Kinglet
• Northern Shoveler
• American Widgeon

This past Saturday, March 31st was an epic day for me in my quest for photographing every bird in Ontario.  I witnessed and photographed 4 new birds to add to my growing list. The day started out with a trip to Port Colborne to find the Bald Eagle that has been popping up on the weather network website. With some help from eBird, my friend and I were able to find the spectacular Eagles Nest. Unfortunately the Eagle in the nest only offered views of her face peeking over the side of the nest.

Eagle in Her Nest
Next up, was a trip to the Green Ribbon Trail in St. Catharines. To our delight, the unmistakable call of a Belted Kingfisher echoed throughout the park as we made our way down the the water. 

Belted Kingfisher
Black Capped Chickadees, Dark-Eyed Juncos, Canada Geese, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Mute Swans, Mallards, Blue Jays and Song Sparrows all sang there heart out as the clouds finally parted and the late March sun graced our faces.

Dark Eyed Junco - Mid Grooming Routine
Next up was the always beautiful, Jaycee Gardens park. This park was teeming with wildlife and our camera shutters were firing away. We spotted Downy Woodpeckers, Black-Capped Chickadees and for my first time, Golden-Crowned Kinglets.

Golden Crowned Kinglet
The final destination of my day was the most eventful. As the sun got lower in the sky, I took a long walk down the path near Jones Beach. My goal was to find the elusive Snowy Owl, that has been rumored to frequent the area. I was not successful in finding him once again. However, I did get a great shot of a Northern Flicker, Northern Shoveler and American Widgeon! This was my first time ever seeing a Shoveler or Widgeon.  I can not express how satisfying it is to see a new species for the first time!
Northern Shoveler
Northern Flicker

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