Friday, 18 April 2014

Birding at Thickson's Woods

This morning Skip and I went birding at a local hotspot near the shore of Lake Ontario.

Lots of shrubs and trees are in bud, getting ready to bloom.
This white-breasted nuthatch frequented several trees.

A somewhat slimmer Skip (due to our Wheat Belly diet) posed for a 'birder' shot.
After inspecting the woods, we decided to go across to the meadow. This junco was one of several foraging on the paved road.
These photos of what we think was a song sparrow were taken from quite a distance away. I zoomed 16X with the camera and cropped even more on the computer.
 It was very overcast so the light wasn't great for taking shots at such a distance.

It was belting out a song.
Then we spotted a northern flicker that we had heard earlier.
It has a distinctively forked tail and, a red patch on the back of its head, spots on its chest, and a black bib.
Beside the road, someone had left some seeds on a flat stone. This red squirrel was chowing down
as was this bird.
We then went to McD's for our senior coffees. It was a lovely way to spend the morning.

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