May 2012

Monthly Archive

Alberta in May

Posted by on 26 May 2012 | Tagged as: birding, Wandering Members

Canada GeeseOne of the great things about being a birder is the number of times you are pleasantly surprised. It may be by a special bird, a spectacular view of a familiar bird or, here in Alberta, the first bluebird of spring.

I am writing this on May fourteenth and today I saw my first goslings of the year. It seems awfully early for nesting, incubating and hatching all to have occurred, even if the parents didn’t migrate. Snow is forecast for Thursday? But there they were, out on a lake with their proud parents, two large (formerly Greater) Canada Geese, swimming happily about. Continue Reading »

Seven-day Costa Rica Adventure

Posted by on 16 May 2012 | Tagged as: birding, Wandering Members

My wife, Laura, and I recently took a 7 day birding adventure in Costa Rica that started in the Monteverde mountain region and ended along the Pacific coast by the mouth of the Tarcoles River.  We were accompanied by our birding guide, Juan Diego Vargas and his driver Rigo Fernandez.   We found Juan through the website of the first Eco lodge we stayed in, Finca Luna Nueva Lodge,

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Tomoka State Park field trip

Posted by on 16 May 2012 | Tagged as: birding

Gulf FritilaryFive people participated in the trip. It was hot but we were all dressed for the onslaught of mosquitos. They were not bad at all. We thought about meeting up with the Halifax River folks. The gate ranger told us they were meeting at the museum, about a half mile up the road. Try as we may, we could not find the museum. We did find a building about where the map showed the museum should be, but it only had a stage and some chairs. And there were no other cars.
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Princess Place Preserve field trip

Posted by on 06 May 2012 | Tagged as: birding

Eagle nest with chicksOn Friday, April 20th, six members enjoyed a pleasant and rewarding trip to Princess Place. After navigating the detour through a temporary entrance, we walked all three of the trails near the main picnic area and were pleased to find both resident and migrating birds. Yellow-throated Warblers were everywhere and we tallied 8 species of warbler including Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue, Prairie, Palm, Black-and-white, American Redstart and Common Yellowthroat. On the loop drive out, we stopped to observe and photograph 2 juvenile Bald Eagle and that brought our species total to 47.

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Canaveral National Seashore field trip

Posted by on 06 May 2012 | Tagged as: birding

Prairie WarblerOn Saturday, April 14th, nine birders including Peggy & Liz from Halifax Audubon traveled to C N S looking for spring migrants. It turned out to be quite windy making it difficult to hear bird calls and distinguish moving birds from wind-whipped leaves.  Overall though, it was a very nice morning and we enjoyed great views of a male Prairie Warbler and a Gray Kingbird.  At our of the wind lunch spot at Bethune park we tallied 28 species.

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Moncton, New Brunswick

Posted by on 05 May 2012 | Tagged as: birding, Wandering Members

Ring-billed GullMy assignment in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada continues.

Moncton is a city of about 140,000 people located on the Petitcodiac River.  The river feeds into nearby Bay of Fundy and is tidal.  Locals call it Chocolate River because its banks are a rich chocolate color which gives a similar hue to the water.   Since the banks and nearby shoreline stay wet, the brown clay glistens whenever the sun is on it but in spite of that glow it is still ugly mud. Continue Reading »