Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Two new lifers for me

South Carolina has provided some great birding for me.  Today I added two more to my Life List.

Forster's Tern first winter plumage

Royal Tern (this one looks like it has attitude)

......and now for the rest of the story

Last January, there was a comment left on my blog in response to a post I'd done two years before about paintings by Eric R. Dwyer, in Mel's Fish and Chip restaurant here in Woodstock.  When the comment was left by Mr. Dwyer's granddaughter Bridget, I did another post appealing to her to contact me so that I could learn more about her grandfather's story.

I did hear from Bridget, and now my husband Geoff, who is a writer, has written a piece about Bridget's grandfather for our local What's on Woodstock magazine.

Bridget sent some old newspaper photos of her grandfather and, as it wasn't possible for everything to be included in Geoff's article, I'm sharing them here.   You can view Geoff's story in pdf format by clicking here - it's on pages 10 and 11.

If you would like to read all of my posts about this quest, click here.  I like it when a mystery is solved.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Murrells Inlet birds

Marilyn and Paul took me to Murrells Inlet today to check out the boardwalk and the bird population.
We weren't disappointed. 

Brown Pelican (lifer)

Common Loon in winter plumage

Black-crowned Night Heron (lifer)

Juvenille Grackles

A LOT of Pelicans (I apologize for the poor quality - they were out on an island)

Double-crested Cormorant, immature

another Pelican - I couldn't resist.  Who could?

My gracious hosts and fellow bird nerds, Paul and Marilyn

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

Wind surfing

Bonaparte's Gulls in winter plumage and one lone (top, left) Common Tern in winter plumage.
Many thanks to Mike of 10,000 birds for the identification!


This is what Friday morning is looking like in Surfside, SC................

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Morning to night

I'm visiting my good friends Marilyn and Paul in Surfside, South Carolina and it's heavenly here. 

The view from their balcony is amazing.  First thing this morning this woman was enjoying the sound of the waves while she walked her dog.

We went to the Prince Creek Diner for breakfast and then spent the day at Brookgreene Gardens - a wonderful combination of trees, flowers, sculptures, critters (a zoo) and birds, birds, birds.

mini white Narcissus

yellow narcissus

Carolina Wren

 Titmouse (lifer) and female Northern Cardinal.

Black-crowned Night Heron in the aviary.

Grey Fox

Northern Mockingbird singing in one of the sculpture gardens.

Diana the Huntress

We finished the day back at the condo with this sunset.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Hawk spotting

Did you ever play the children's game "I spy" when you were riding in a car as a child?

Geoff and I play similar car game but it's more like "Spot the hawk". When we're driving through our part of Ontario during fall, winter and spring we count the hawks we see on bare branches, hydro poles and wires and record the information in a log book we keep in the car.

The log book and pen at the ready.

We scan the high branches....

......and bushes.....

and occasionally I'm lucky enough to get a photo as we drive by.

Yesterday on our way to Buffalo we saw 8 hawks, today on the return trip we saw 33. YES 33!!!
At one point we saw 3 in a one minute span. It was a new record for us - the most we'd seen on in one trip before was 29.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Wintery Sunday drive

We finally had some real winter weather and the evidence is all around. We drove to Ingersoll and back and I captured these drive-by images while Geoff was driving.

These bright green garage doors were a flash of colour on a bright, white day.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Today, near the feeders

This female Downy Woodpecker was resting on the lilac tree between visits to the Woodpecker seed block.
It was a very snowy day and I think she was enjoying the sun shining on her for a few minutes.

I enhanced the shot in Picasa with "boost" and "HDRish"

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sunday sightings

On a quick trip to London and back today I had 4 hawk sightings on the way to London and 3 on the way back - plus these two hasty photos.

This first one was at the edge of Clarke Road in London...

....and this one was being fluffed by the breeze by the side of CP Rail tracks on #2 Highway.