Monday, March 28, 2011

Backyard Visitors

For the past couple of months now, we've had an over-wintering Merlin hanging around our neighborhood .
At times this can be a little frustrating, as she keeps many of the feeder birds from showing up in the yard, as they are too afraid to be exposed on a feeding platform where they could fall victim to the hungry little falcon.
In the Spring I intend to make some more sheltered spots in my new yard so there are plenty of places for the timid smaller birds to hide.
That being said, Merlins are still a fantastic bird, and many people would be happy just to see one during the cold winter months.
The one we have here will be pairing up with a mate soon, and will no doubt nest in the area.
On days where the Merlin has been looking elsewhere for food, I have had a few visits from some nice birds, for instance last week where the following few species made an appearance ...

Common Redpoll
( Male - note, the male has the pinkish wash on his breast)

Common Redpoll (female)

Brown Creeper

Bohemian Waxwing

Blue Jay

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Crossley ID Guide

I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of this book a few weeks back and now that I have had some time to go through it, I have to say I'm very very impressed.

With thousands of photos, showing birds from almost every conceivable angle, as you would do in the field, it is truly a leap forward in bird identification guides.

How many times has a birder been at a lakeside or marsh and seen only tiny specs for shorebirds on the far shore, distant raptors soaring across the sky, small perched little brown birds that only upon looking through your binoculars or scope, could you actually tell what they were.
This book reflects that, and much more, but also gives clear concise views also, giving you all the best possible looks and angles, even flying away from you ! Which happens all the time!

While slightly bulky and heavy to be taken out in the field, I feel this guide is more suited to an armchair birder who likes to look out his backyard window or one that wants to check the book when getting back home from a trip and needs to pinpoint what it was that he/she might have seen in the field.

The photos are great, depicting true to life colours, with dozens of images of every species of bird, crammed into each page which also has an emphasis on habitat.

I highly recommend you add it to your collection.

Monday, March 14, 2011

New Updates

Well, once again I'm late with my updates, but I hope you will enjoy some of the new photos I've taken this past month from February into March ...

Northern Saw-whet Owl :

American Three-toed Woodpecker :

Boreal Chickadee :

Bohemian Waxwing :

White-winged Crossbill :

Great Gray Owl :

Common Redpoll :