Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Book review - Woodpeckers of the World

A few days ago a beautiful book was delivered to my front door, Woodpeckers of the Word, by Gerard Gorman.
Firstly, I was amazed that there are 239 species of Woodpeckers on this planet. I had no idea how widespread, similar , and yet different each species was, in all corners of the globe.

The book starts off with the taxonomy, anatomy, habit and breeding information that one would expect from a lavish book devoted to a single species.  It leaves no stone unturned, and is richly detailed in all aspects, from describing what they eat, their behavior, their calls, and what woodpeckers are most notorious for - their drumming!

Of course, a book this detailed, has to have photos, and boy does it have some great ones, spread throughout the 529 pages.

You'll see species such as the common Downy Woodpecker of North America, to the stunning Woodpeckers of the tropics, and mentions of the fabled maybe-extinct species the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and the World's largest, Imperial Woodpecker.

Its a thick, heavy book, but its one that you will turn to again and again, even just to look through the stunning photos, and if you are ever curious about what woodpecker lives in a certain country, then, you'll find it in this book.

I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Spring Catch Up....

Greetings friends,

As usual I've had a busy few months, and everybody living here in Saskatchewan knows all too well, it had been a LONG winter. I also took some time out to visit family in Europe which was a lot of fun!

Here are some photos taken since my last update :

House Wren

Common Goldeneye

Common Raven

Great Gray Owl

Gray Catbird

Mountain Bluebird

Northern Hawk Owl

Rock Pigeon

Yellow Warbler

Cedar Waxwings

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Christmas Bird Counts and Winter Catch-up

Greetings friends,

Like every year, I enjoy taking part in Christmas Bird Counts  http://www.bsc-eoc.org/volunteer/cbc/index.jsp?targetpg=cbcparticpate&lang=EN .
 A practice which has gone on since 1900.

Here in Saskatchewan as most of you will know, we get some bitterly cold winters. This can either 'make or break' a good count day, sometimes the worst weather might bring in the most species, and also the rarest.
This year I took part in 9 seperate counts, saw some great birds, and took a few photos while I was at it.

Here are some recent ones :
Great Horned Owl

Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

Northern Shrike
Northern Shrike

Pine Grosbeak

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Sharp-shinned Hawk

 Dark-eyed Junco ( Oregon race )

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Blue Jay

Bohemian Waxwings
Snow Bunting

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Saskatchewan Birds 2014 Calendar SOLD OUT

Greetings friends,

My 2014 Saskatchewan Birds Calendar is now ready, so if anyone wants one, or more copies, please email  nikovich@gmail.com and I will get back to you the same day.

The Calendars measure 11x17 and are made of high quality card stock. Each image is suitable for framing. If you would like to see a preview of each month, this can be arranged upon request.

The cost is $20.00 . Postage within Canada is $3.00. US buyers please contact me for postage.

Here are some previews :

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Great Egret

Well, no sooner had I 'netted' another lifer with the Little Gull out at Radisson Lake, somebody very kindly alerted me to the presence of a Great Egret lurking at a reservoir in Rosthern.
Yesterday,  2 friends and I managed to see this handsome bird while it stood, lunged, and fished for sticklebacks in a creek. This is very late for this species, and we don't get too many in the area anyway, so it was a real nice treat to see such a beautiful bird in October, and now I get to finally add one to my life-list!

Here's a quick photo :

Great Egret

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Fall Birds

Greetings friends ,

Its been a busy couple of months since my last posting, with some nice birds and wildlife to photograph in the Autumn colours. Fall birding is always a treat here.
There was some excitement in our neck of the woods when a rare Little Gull was spotted by a visiting birder from Ontario. A couple of days later, and a friend of mine went off in search of the gull, and managed to see it winging its way across Radisson Lake looking for food. Very cool! The photo is posted below.
The backyard has been as busy as ever this season, with almost 60 different species stopping by since the end of August!
Some highlights include :
Cape May Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, American Redstart, Fox Sparrow, Harris's Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Golden-crowned Kinglet , Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Merlin, Cooper's Hawk, Purple Finch and Common Yellowthroat, to name but a few!

A recent visit to Last Mountain Lake, also yielded me my closest photo of a Belted Kingfisher, and some long-sought after flight shots of Bank Swallow.

My 2014 Saskatchewan Birds Calendar is finished, and will be ready to print soon, so anybody wanting to reserve copies early can contact me whenever they wish.
I will also make previews of each page available to those who want them. Price is still $20.00 plus shipping, or free to pickup.
I will be making a separate blog post soon advertising this new calendar.

 I hope you enjoy this new update!

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Swainson's Thrush

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker juvenile

White-crowned Sparrow

Wilson's Warbler

White-throated Sparrow

Solitary Sandpiper

Sedge Wren

Red-tailed Hawk

Purple Finch

Orange-crowned Warbler

Little Gull seen at Radisson Lake October 12th

Lincoln's Sparrow

Mourning Warbler

Northern Flicker

Northern Harrier

Long-eared Owl

Hairy Woodpecker female

Harris's Sparrow

Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs

Downy Woodpecker female

Great Blue Heron

Gray-cheeked Thrush

Downy Woodpecker female

Common Grackle

Cape May Warbler
Cape May Warbler

Dark-eyed Junco

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Belted Kingfisher female

Bank  Swallow

Bank  Swallow