With a weekend of banding blown away by the rainy forecast, I thought I would share a few more photos of some of the birds we got the past two weeks! There have been some amazing little guys coming through and I am starting to get really sad that there are not too many weeks left before migration is over!
For most of my life so far,I have been quite the night owl. Heading to sleep at midnight or later, waking up around noon. It was such the life! When I first got up to do my first breeding bird survey at 3am...I wanted to cry. Literally...I thought it was the worst wake up time anyone could ever have and that people who do this for a living are utterly insane! As karma always turns around...now I hear that same line used over and over, except this time it's other's saying it about moi! The first while, I'll admit was brutal, biking through Toronto at 4am..sketchy beyond belief...But if you love it, it's worth it! One of the things I have absolutely grown to love about being a morning person, is seeing some absolutely amazing sunrises. I've almost grown fonder of them than sunset!
|Sunrise reflecting off the Toronto Skyline|
We've had some pretty awesome birds lately too! One of my new favourites has been the Winter Wren. These little guys have a really loud sound for being in such little bodies (isn't that true for all small birds...or things!). The big black eyes and little white specks all around it's back make it most distinguishable for me. Being a forest bird, they can be difficult to spot while walking in the woods, but their sound...gives it away immediately! Cool Fact: Per unit weight, the Winter Wren delivers its song with 10 times more power than a crowing rooster! (allaboutbirds.org)
|Me and the YBSS (Photo by: Charlotte England)|
The last two birds I thought I'd share are the Black-throated Green Warbler and Northern Parula. Both are members of the Parulidae family. The Black-throated Green is a common breeder in the northeastern coniferous forests and is seen in this area during migration on it's way to Central America and northern South America. Although my favourite is the Black-throated Blue...this guy is just as equally beautiful with it's bright yellow and black throat. It's heard throughout forests singing it's loud "Zee-zee-zee-zoo-zee!" In fact, an individual before had been heard sining it's song 466 times in one hour (allaboutbirds.org)!!