Friday, 20 October 2017

Fall Birding on the Bruce Peninsula

Posted by Kiah Jasper
The trees have lost most of their leaves, the weather is getting colder, the days are shorter and the birdlife is changing dramatically. In the forest The Warblers, Tanagers and Vireos have left for the year, being replaced by Kinglets, chickadees  and sparrows. Out in the open fields the summer residents such as Meadowlarks and Bobolinks have departed and there are currently large flocks of American Pipits moving through.

                                                               (American Pipit)

 A few waterfowl have started trickling down the shores of the Bruce Peninsula and in a few weeks there will be large Numbers of them. Among them are Black, White-winged and Surf Scoters, Red-necked and Horned Grebes, Common loons and Buffleheads. Tomorrow I'm going to be watching for ducks migrating over Lake Huron, Hopefully there will be a Pacific Loon or two with them😀.

                                           (Common Meganser and Ring-billed Gull)

Hawk migration is dying down, but there are still quite a few Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks and Sharp-shinned hawks around. Rough-legged Hawks will be arriving soon from the far north to Hunt in fields around Bruce county for the winter. I had a Northern Goshawk fly over recently which was really neat, Because I don't see them much around here.  
                                                          (Northern Goshawk)

I got lucky last winter and found two pairs of Golden Eagles while I was out looking for snowy owls, in the fields of Bruce county. I am hoping that they will come back this winter, as they are one of my favorite birds.

                                                                  (Golden Eagle)

Last year was a great year for Snowy Owls, there were over 60 in Bruce county. One area was named "Owl fields" by local birders and over 30 Owls could be found there regularly.  I got some great photos of them there and it was a awesome experience to watch them. One Snowy stayed until May 17  before heading north. In this photo it was observed just after eating a American Crow.

                                                                  (Snowy Owl)

My find of the fall was 3 Glossy Ibis that were foraging in a field with Canada Geese just down the road from my house. Ironically I was going out with the Bruce Birding Club that day and I brought them back to see the Ibis. It was a great find for me, as a Ibis hasn't been on the Bruce for over ten years.

                                          (Glossy Ibis)- photo by Bob Taylor.

All in all fall birding on the Bruce is a really fun experience!
 I hope to see you out birding😁.

Kiah Jasper

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