Saturday, January 31, 2009

River Coyotes & More

Yesterday morning I took a leisurely walk to some parks close to the river by way of some back alleys. Although the sun didn't come out as promised, I still had an enjoyable time and notched up a few nice things for my trouble :

Sharp-shinned Hawk -while photographing some Chickadees, suddenly they become agitated as an adult Sharpie swooped through the tree line within Gabriel Dumont
Park and across the river towards the san site.
Varied Thrush - I made an effort to re-visit the Queens House Retreat gardens in order to look for this bird I had previously found late last year..
I did not see it at first, but suddenly it flushed from some Mugo pine trees, giving a 'chuck' call as it flew off into some deep cover where unfortunately I could not relocate it.
These are private grounds, so anyone wishing to look for this bird will have to go to the front office and ask permission to look around.
Bald Eagle - 1 heading in the direction of the CN bridge near Diefenbaker Park.
Common Raven - 3
Blue Jay - 2
Downy Woodpecker - 2
House Finch - several loose flocks of around 5-15 birds in each
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 5
Black-capped Chickadee - 9
Black-billed Magpie - 2
Common Goldeneye - 5
House Sparrow - 50+ (almost every back alley has a small population)
Rock Dove - 25+
Common Redpoll - 5+
White-winged Crossbill - 11

I also watched 3 Coyotes on the frozen river, actively hunting and generally being very sociable with one another.
They often used the islands as cover and seemed interested in looking for Duck a l'Orange one minute or just being lazy the next, sprawled out on the snow yawning.

There were many Snowshoe Hare tracks in the parks, and I must have been mere feet away from a Skunk in its burrow, as I'm sure there was one in the woods I was exploring. The smell was pretty severe !

Here are some photos :

These Coyotes were a long long way off and I'm surprised I got any usable images at all.
The island close to the train bridge looks like a nice spot for them to rest :

Black-capped Chickadee - just before the Sharp-shinned Hawk arrived ! (no Chickadees were harmed during the Taking of this photo ) :


Kelly said... the coyote shots, especially the first one--very striking. The chickadee shot is beautiful.

Nick S said...

Thanks very much Kelly :-)

Suzanne said...

I never see coyotes although those adaptable critters do live in Indiana. I love your pictures of them. I do see chicadees and they are so cute! You really do take amazing photographs, Nick. Thank you for sharing your beautiful world.

Nick S said...

Thanks for the kind words Suzanne. I'd like to travel across the States one of these days.

LiaL said...

That first shot of the coyote is superb!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Those Coyotes look pretty healthy,so they must be getting enough food.

Stacey Olson said...

Nick, once again, great job. .these are beautiful.. really like the all snow and coyote.. thanks for sharing.

Jayne said...

Usable? Seriously Nick? They are wonderful! :c) Love the chickadee too.

Nick S said...

Thanks for the kind words. Hi Stacey, long time no see :-)

John Theberge said...

Great shots of the coyotes even if they're far away. Sounds like you had a great excursion.

Shelley said...

Nick - that 1st shot of the coyote running thru that pure snow is just stunning! Will that make the calendar next year?! Of course I enjoyed all your other photos too!

NCmountainwoman said...

What a sweet little chickadee photo. Great shots of the coyotes.

The Birdlady said...

What a list! And a coyote, to boot!

Unknown said...

Nick : Beautiful images, The first and last images of the Coyotes is amazing compositions.

Peggy said...

Another great post! Love the animation too!