Friday, 30 January 2015

B.O.T.D. Red-Throated Loon

Red-Throated Loon (Gavia stellata)

Bird of the Day (Jan 30, 2015)

Few outside the Arctic ever see the red throat of a red-throated loon. This handsome emblem appears only during the mating season and has disappeared by the time migrating birds reach their coastal wintering areas in October. It may still be present when the birds head north in April. Most people know the red-throat in winter dress only, slim and grey with a star-studded back.

This smallest of the loons is also the most agile, at least in an aquatic environment. A loon's feet are positioned well to the rear of its body - perfect for swimming, but ill-suited for walking. Walking in fact, is so difficult that for short distances loons may simply push themselves along on their bellies. Getting airborne is no easy task for most of them, either. Common and Arctic loons need open water with lots of room for a running start in order to take off. If either of these lands on a wet parking lot, mistaking it for a dark body of water, the bird will be grounded, unable to take flight. Only the red-throat can occasionally launch itself from land and escape this trap.

In spring, even before the shallow tundra pools are freed form the sheath of winter ice, red-thraoted loons reach the Arctic. Arctic foxes and jaegers take a toll in eggs and young birds, but the red-throat is a dogged defender, and its dagger like bill a weapon that commands respect.

To hear the Red-Throated Loon's song and more go to:
Hi everyone due to reality i am going to put the Bird of the Days up a tad later and they will not be done on Saturdays or Sundays. Thanks

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Good News!
We are starting our Bird of the Day Tomorrow! The bird of the day should be up by 7:00am.
They are random so you won't have to worry about, say, 7 weeks of warblers. They are spread out. It takes about 2 years to finish!


Male House Sparrow at our feeder. My House

Falcon that hung around. My House

Me holding Red-Eyed Vireo that hit a window at our cabin. Whiteshell

Juvenile American Crow. Whitehall

American White Pelican. Whiteshell

Bald Eagle. Whiteshell

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. Whiteshell

American White Pelican. Whiteshell

1st year Herring Gull. Whiteshell

In about a week I am starting a Bird of the Day program. Every day except Sundays and some Saturdays I will post the bird of the day at 6:30am. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Hey all you Birders! We have a new page for our logs we will list the date location and species. Enjoy!
The link is

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

As we draw nearer to spring we are looking forward to a new season of breeding birds. To see this we are planning some trips to different birding places such as Oak Hammock Marsh and assorted parks around Manitoba. To do this we like to know where a species we want to see is. So we use eBird's species maps and bar charts. We have talked about them before and highly advise you ruse of them. They have helped up innumerable times in searching for species such as Black Tern and many others. We hope that this website brings extra enjoyment to your birding experiences.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Sorry for taking so long to reply. Our trip to Riding Mt. was amazing. We saw Crossbills, Grosbeaks and some Snowy Owls, even a Great Gray. Hearing our provincial bird hoot  and hunt at dusk is truly an honour to witness.
Besides that, Ravens, Magpies and chickadees abounded even feeding on our porch rail. Sadly they were too shy and flew away very fast. I got the ravens and magpies on camera but the rest I sadly missed.