Week 19. A couple of early mornings.

I was down at the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise a couple of times in week 19. As the sun rises around 6 a.m. at this time of year I was down there before 5:30.

The first morning was mostly cloudy with a wind so the water was quite choppy.

A spring sunrise.

The second morning had a mainly clear sky. Less windy so calmer water.

A spring sunrise.

Week 19. A Warbler that thinks it’s an Oriole.

A bit of an odd one from me this week for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, I have been avoiding photographing birds on feeders for years, or more probably, decades. I got tired of editors picking a bird on a feeder over other shots of the same species in natural settings.

Secondly, this is unusual behavior, which is why I photographed it. A grab shot after I got home Friday afternoon. The bird has been back regularly over the weekend but I haven’t had chance for a second attempt at a better shot.

The photo shows a male Black-throated Blue Warbler coming to the Grape jelly in an Oriole feeder. It didn’t do it once, the bird has been coming to the feeder regularly for three days now.

I did some research and found records of them taking sugar water in Hummingbird feeders but no records of them pretending to be an Oriole and eating Grape jelly.

I submitted a report of the bird and its behavior, including the photo below to one of the Ontario bird sightings websites. The report is being ignored as far as I can tell.

Male Black-throated Blue Warbler.

Week 18. Two different birds.

I had a few photos under consideration for week 18 of my 52 week photo project. I spent some time one morning out in the yard photographing some of the birds. A mix of winter visitors still with us and some recently arrived summer visitors. All while being swarmed by Black Flies that are now out. I only got one Black Fly bite which is good as I am allergic to them.

First, a recently arrived summer species, a young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. I say young male because it’s still showing traces of its juvenile plumage.

A young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Second, a winter species that is still with us. A Pine Siskin, one of a dozen or more still hanging around.

A posing Pine Siskin.

Week 18. Two birds.

Week 18 was originally titled two ducks but the head and neck of the leading bird makes me think that they could be a Grebe species. They were out on Colpoy’s Bay and silhouetted by the rising sun. The photo is more about the light and ripples on the water, the birds are there for context.

Two birds at sunrise.