Other than the bird/photographic dedicated trips, I often take a short drive close to home or take pictures while on vacation. Sometimes I take just a few, sometimes several hundred but not many days go by without activating the shutter on my camera. I find that it is good practice and I am always trying to improve. The last few posts were focused on the moose trip to Algonquin but I have taken many more images. I would like to share some of my bird highlights from the month of June which has to be the best month to find birds in full breeding colours. As I have indicated in past posts, I think there were less birds this year that made it to our area but nonetheless I did find 2 which were life list birds.
This Black-throated Blue Warbler was found not far from Carden on a new property that will worth exploring next spring.
The Golden-winged Warbler is a species listed at risk in Ontario as a result of a number of factors including loss of habitat. One of the other threats is that the Golden-winged Warbler will also mate with Blue-winged Warblers, producing hybrids with characteristics from both species. The most common hybrid is known as a “Brewster’s Warbler and the rarer form is known as a ‘Lawrence’s Warbler’. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the Lawrence’s Warbler hybrid is produced when two Brewster’s Warblers mate. Finding the Lawrence’s Warbler enabled me to add this particular bird to my life list even though it is still considered a Golden-winged Warbler. I also have an image of the Lawrence’s Warbler in my 2014 calendar.
We went camping on the Canada Day long weekend at Mikisew Provincial Park which is 2 hours north of Orillia. We had never been there before and it is always fun to explore a new area. We saw Yellow-rumped Warblers, Black-and-white Warblers and Pine Warblers there. A hike into the mature forests also produced another life bird that is often heard but rarely seen, the Winter Wren, another life list bird.
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