Monthly Archives: November 2014

November 30, 2014

At Westminster Woods Gram and I spotted this Red-shouldered Hawk at the beginning of our walk out to the lake.  Sylvia, who was working in the Jasmine building, told us that this hawk would perch for an hour or more at a time.  At the dock we met Don, who, it turns out, is now living in the same apartment that Gram used to have in the Feijoa building.


Red-shouldered Hawk


Red-shouldered Hawk

November 29, 2014

After mountain biking at Hanna Park, we took a quick look to see if there were any birds.  Heaps of them out there:  Turkey Vultures, Anhingas, Double-Crested Cormorants, Yellow Rumped Warblers, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, a Great Blue Heron, a Green Heron, a White Ibis, a Brown Pelican, an Osprey.  I think from now on trips to Hanna will have to incorporate both mountain biking and birding. Not much time, so only this to show:


November 23, 2014

The Eastern Phoebe who keeps showing up in my front yard:

Eastern Phoebe

Stopped by Nathan Krestul Park this afternoon and caught a Belted Kingfisher on the wing, along with a Red Bellied Woodpecker:


Belted Kingfisher on Wing, with Red Bellied Woodpecker

Then to see Gram at Westminster Woods.  We saw a Great Egret, apparently unrattled by a racooon and two kits:

Great Egret, Raccoon, and Two Kits

Great Egret, Raccoon, and Two Kits

We also saw a Great Blue Heron, Hooded Mergansers, and a Wood Stork.


Hooded Mergansers

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Shortly before I snapped this pic of a Wood Stork, a woman at Westminster Woods stopped me and described a bird she’d seen the previous week.  It was large and white, she said, with a curving black beak.  I asked if its head was also dark and lacking feathers.  She said yes.  I said it was probably a Wood Stork. I asked her if she had a bird guide at home.  She did.  I told her to look up the Wood Stork.  Funnily enough, just a few minutes later I saw a Wood Stork fly over the lake.  And even funnier, when we got back to Gram’s apartment, I looked up Wood Stork in her field guide (from 1947) and couldn’t find it!  Consulted Gram’s dictionary, which told me that a Wood Stork is also known as  Wood Ibis.  Sure enough, Wood Ibis was in Gram’s field guide.

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

November 18, 2014

After a cold snap, stopped by Nathan Krestul Park at low tide.  Saw a Little Blue Heron, a Tricolored Heron, a Great Egret, a Belted Kingfisher, a Palm Warbler, and two Pied-billed Grebes.


Tricolored Heron


Great Egret


Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe

Palm Warbler

November 11, 2014

At Nathan Krestul Park, saw juvenile Pied-billed Grebes,  a Belted Kingfisher, and an Osprey. At home saw Ruby-crowned Kinglet (who spends lots of time at the nut cylinder) and Yellow- rumped Warbler–in addition to the usual suspects (Northern Cardinals, Tufted Titmice, Carolina Wrens, Carolina Chicakdees, Northern Parula, Brown Thrasher, Red-bellied Woodpeckers).


Ruby-crowned Kinglet


November 8, 2014

This morning as I was leaving for a bike ride there was an Eastern Phoebe in the crape myrtle in my front yard. When I got back, a female American Redstart was checking out the bubbler in my back yard.