Thursday, July 23, 2015

July Catch Up!

Hello friends and followers,

I have not updated this blog since December, so I thought it was high time I shared some new photos for people that prefer not to use Facebook, or who don't visit photo sites like Flickr, where I usually post my latest photos.

I will do my best to update my blog on a more regular basis, as I've been busy with other projects.

A new venture I've undertaken is to join up with Fine Art America, who make some beautiful artwork out of your photos, including canvas prints, metal prints, framed prints, greetings cards, phone cases and more.
Maybe you'll see something you like?  The link is here  http://nick-saunders.artistwebsites.com/index.html , or click the widget to the right of this page.

Thank you all for checking my page, and I hope you enjoy the photos! :-)


This story actually goes back to Autumn of last year ( between late August and September )
I had meant to post this last year but didn't get around to it.

I know its only the end of July, but Fall Migration is creeping up on us already !

Fall migration ( for me anyway ) means Warblers!  Sometimes, living here in Saskatoon, it can be difficult to see many of the warbler species, as they don't stay long on their way north during spring migration, and usually head straight to the Boreal forest to breed.

You might see a few in some local parks at the end of May, very early June, but if the winds are in their favor, the little guys can often fly right over us.
If you are lucky enough to visit the northern forests, then you will have more luck seeing several nice species of warbler.  In spring, they can be found not only by some of their beautiful colours, as they flit from tree to tree, but by their amazing array of songs.

In Fall, however,  the warblers are returning from their breeding grounds, and Saskatoon ( luckily for me ), is a 'pit stop' where they refuel, and can stick around for a little while, sometimes even weeks before they finally head south to a warmer climate.

Having a well treed backyard with a water feature, has proved very successful in attracting warblers, and also Vireos, Grosbeaks and many other fall migrants.

Last Fall, I had a record number of species show up!

An amazing 21 species of warbler visited my backyard during August, September and October.

Here is the list ( in no particular order )

1. Black and White warbler
2. Bay-breasted Warbler
3. Blackburnian Warbler
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler
5. Canada Warbler
6. Blackpoll Warbler
7. American Redstart
8. Yellow Warbler
9. Northern Waterthrush
10. Common Yellowthroat
11.Yellow-rumped Warbler
12.Tennessee Warbler
13.Orange-crowned Warbler
14.Wilson's Warbler
15.Mourning Warbler
16.Magnolia Warbler
17.Ovenbird
18.Cape May Warbler
19.Palm Warbler
20.Black-throated Green warbler
21.Nashville Warbler

During this period, I also had visits from 4 Vireo species, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creeper, Baltimore Oriole, Swainson's, Gray-cheeked and Hermit Thrush, Merlin, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and an assortment of fall sparrows, and more besides.

So, you can see why Fall is my absolute favourite time of year. Especially when you don't even have to leave the comfort of your own home to see the wildlife!! :-)

Here are some photos taken during that time :

Black and White Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Black-throated Green warbler

Cape May Warbler

Common Yellowthroat ( juvenile )

Magnolia Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Northern Waterthrush

Orange-crowned Warbler

Ovenbird

Palm Warbler

Wilson's Warbler (female)

Wilson's Warbler

Mourning Warbler





3 comments:

grammie g said...

Hi Nick... Was looking down through my reading list at who is posting,and saw your post.
I have not posted much this past year. My last was in May when I was right into trying to get photo's of migrating Warbler, they are wonderful birds.
So I just loved these photo's of warblers. The only one I haven't seen is the Orange crowned.
The reflection ones are just awesome. Your photography is a true gift.

Enjoy your new project.

Grace

Adele said...

Stunning photos. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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