Sunday, May 7, 2017

A BIRD WATCHING MORNING

     As you know I lead a bird watching group every Saturday morning. This Saturday we were able to visit a private piece of property. The property has been in the family since about 1900. The family left lots of native habitat and there is about a 50 acre lake. Usually we tour public areas in and around the city.

     The last family inhabitant was a great granddaughter who retired on the farm. She was an excellent birder and had set up all kinds of devices to attract birds. So there were super feeders, bird baths, lots of nest boxes and of course, the native habitat was left.

     So the property is a birders paradise. We found 23 species in an hour and a half. I had 13 birders show up and they were suitably impressed by what they saw.

     I took my camera and managed only one bird picture and it was poor...too much light and a very wiggly elderly photographer. However, the birders gave me some opportunities for photos.

    Lots of birds on the water


    
  
       Anybody see  the swan. I just about took the guy's head off too.
  
       We begin and what do we find. There's a Yellow-bellied sapsucker in there someplace.
  
     Sometimes birders get tired.
        I wonder what this thing has to do with birds?

  
And what does this do for birds?
   
  Oh another machine that might be for birds?
  
       Some funny bird skulls here.

      Time for home.

     The home on the property was situated so they had a great view of the lake.

37 comments:

  1. That is a good bunch of birds to see in 90 minutes!! I bet it was a fun day for you! :)

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    1. Saturday morning is always fun.

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  2. A very successful morning's birding, by the sounds of it!
    The weather looks delightful, too

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    1. the weather was awesome and of course I told the birders that I ordered it.

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  3. Oh what fun! That's an amazing collection of birds you saw. I wish I could go with you since I never know what I'm looking at.

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    1. We have a very good biologist in the group and every moment for him is a teachable moment.

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  4. That must be a great place to have a home there.

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    1. I would certainly like to live there.

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  5. What a great opportunity! Those moose antlers are pretty impressive, too. (Those are from a moose, correct? The ones on the right?)

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    1. Yes, you're right . Moose. 2 weeks ago a moose was in my yard. My paper is delivered at 2:00 AM and the paper guy saw it.

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    1. They have become a group of friends.

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  7. Good company and good place to spend the day.

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  8. Some nice shoots Red!!I think its a great hobby go birdwatching!!You see alot of nice things and bring people together.It doesnt matter if the pix are not as good as you wanted them..we see what you watch and thats the nices thing!
    thanx for nice reply on my blog..I had been thinking of giving it up..but then a nice coment from you made my day:))

    Wish you a happy monday with family Red!

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    1. Well, don't give up. You find some great photos of your beautiful country.

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  9. You sure do live in a birder's paradise, Red. Your friends are lucky to have such a good guide as you. :-)

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    1. Part of it is knowing where the birds might be and part of it is the group watching and finding the birds.

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  10. Always fun, I only saw 9 species yesterday on a walk.Many are nesting so don't show off

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    1. Don't you just hate it when the trees are full of warblers and you can't see them.

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  11. I can only imagine the thrill of spotting an unusual specimen and photographing it. Take care.

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    1. Most of what we see are the usual suspects but you're right. Sometimes you see something out of the ordinary.

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  12. That's good of the owners to invite birders to share their property. Sounds like a good day out. I had a laugh over the "funny bird skulls"!!

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    1. the last resident was a great birder and knows us well.

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  13. It looks like a good spot for bird watching. The house reminds me of one belonging to a cousin of mine.

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    1. It's a well planned well situated house.

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  14. I thought a yellow-bellied sapsucker was somebody from Toronto.

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    1. Oh boy! You must really hate the people from Toronto!

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    2. Nope! I was just trying to be funny.

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  15. What a wonderful way to spend the day. That is definitely something I'd enjoy!

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    1. These people enjoy the birds and each other.

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  16. I enjoyed all the photos in this post! If I lived in Red Deer there would have been 14 birders on that outing. What a great spot. I love the way the house is up there so one has a good view out and around. And it sure is a perfect place for birding! Thanks for the post!

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    1. The previous resident did a lot to the property to make it bird friendly.

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  17. It sounds and looks like a great time. I would also like to have accompanied your group. I'm trying to learn more about birds...

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  18. Looks like an enjoyable time going out and bird watching.

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  19. I notice the summery clothes on the birders and I think you went straight from snow to summer!

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  20. I love the way that house sits up on the hill. The view must be wonderful. Red, I thought about you yesterday when I buried two baby blue birds. A pair of blue birds built in a box near the garden. Babies hatched, and every day I could see the parents flying in and out of the house, feeding babies. Day before yesterday, I told my husband that I had not seen the blue bird parents lately. He carefully opened the blue bird box, and there in the nest was two dead baby blue birds. I felt like crying. What could have possibly happened to the parents...both of them. If only I had know those babies were sitting in there starving, I would have fed them and raised them. Thanks for listening.

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