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how to find the birdies – June 11 – Shearwater Flyer Trail morning jaunt

how to find the birdies – June 11 – Shearwater Flyer Trail morning jaunt Posted on June 11, 2015

There are all kinds of different birders.  The ones that just have backyard feeders, the ones who go to the park, the ones who walk in the woods, and varying combinations thereof.  But one thing most will agree on is that the songbirds are most active and easy to photograph in the morning.

I’m not a morning person (not even when back-country camping in Keji really so we always canoe in the windy afternoons yup) so find this rather daunting.

But it was suggested to me by a friend that 8am is probably just fine, you don’t really have to be out at 6am.  So this morning I gave that a try and was rewarded with a plethora of warblers and flycatchers.  It also apparently does not hurt that it rained yesterday.

Now I would say personally the time of day has something to do with human interference because I was surrounded with birds the whole time I was there until a stranger arrived and spoke to me. That was around 9am and some people had jogged and biked by before that and the birds didn’t care but talking scared them all off.

Most importantly I walked through a cloud of biting blackflies in a marsh soaked my feet and worried about getting covered with ticks.  I more or less snuck up on the birds, as well as a muskrat and a snowshoe hare simply because I was the only person who wandered through their little habitat.

I did not use any tricks or do anything special I was completely silent.  I just listened and watched for the birds and they were there.  They are always there, they just camouflage really well.

I didn’t see anything really spectacular, but it was a spectacular experience.

And when I got home finally my baby Starlings were on my front lawn.  Serendipity I suppose…

Will work on this morning thing…Happy Birding  🙂

PS – click twice on any of these for zoom I did not crop or alter so people who are new birders, or not birders at all can see some perspective.

PPS – if you want to learn about birds on a guided walk at no cost the Nova Scotia Bird Society puts on a lot of great field trips.

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American Redstart  Warbler.  We had thought it was a female but I’m told by Maxine Quinton it is a second year male.  Unless a songbird is a male in full breeding colours it can be tough for new birders to distinguish.
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American Redstart Male
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American Redstart Male
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Snowshoe Hare
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American Goldfinch female.
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Alder Flycatcher
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Common Yellowthroat
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Yellow Warbler
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Alder Flycatcher
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Alder Flycatcher
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Alder Flycatcher
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Alder Flycatcher
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Alder Flycatcher
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Female American Goldfinch
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Magnolia Warbler
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so I didn’t think this was a female American Restart because I could hear Parulas today and got confused but Brenda and Laurel say it’s so 🙂 and Maxine Quinton says it is a second year male so they are tough to tell apart for sure
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American Goldfinch Breeding Male
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Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
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Baby Starlings on my front lawn had to happen eventually 🙂
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Juvenile American Redstart likely the second year male
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female or possibly juvenile American Redstart like the second year male