Sunday, August 5, 2012

Some Wildlife Parents and Offspring Of the Vermilon River.

 The weather has been fast changing from thunder storms to sunshine and high humidity. My impression from the water level in the wetlands is that very little rain has actually fallen. At best the water level is not dropping further as a result of the rain. This is August now, and the offspring are starting to show, while parents finish off their training. This is a dicey time of year because the non-breeding plumages are showing making identification of birds especially in the warbler category difficult.

The decline in water in the River allowed me to take some different shots because I can get out on the shoals without being washed away, and the humidity results in moody overtones from the early morning mist.

THE POST IS SET UP FOR THE SLIDESHOW, SO CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO START IT UP. YOU SHOULD READ THE COPY FIRST SO YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON.


 A post to I'd Rather Be Birding,Our World Tuesday,and Wild Bird Wednesday. Click on any and you'll move to the meme.

The first scene is of course the sun trying to break through, and the next two, the River looking north, one with the sky in and one without, because I couldn't make up my mind which I liked..
The rest are scenes that I can now shoot with the water level down.  The last two show houses in the reflection. They, the houses, look better in the reflection than in real life.
A small rapids facing the town.

The Main channel of the River.

 This is an other new warbler find. They're Black and White Warblers.
Black and White Warbler.

 Showing his head.

Black-throated Warbler.

Female Redstart

 The female Redstart is the hardest to photograph as she is even more elusive than the male. She's an outstanding looker.
 Having said that about the female, here's an immature female Redstart.

Female Redstart

Same

Same.

Male Redstart.

 All these photos were shot on the west side of the River in dense woods with stands of birch and aspen. You'll shortly see how difficult it gets when they're in a stand of black spruce.
Male Redstart in black spruce.

Male Redstart.

Yellow Warbler.

Yellow Warbler.

Black-capped Chickadee.

Chickadee.

Same.

Gull in flight.

Raven.

Raven.

White-throated Sparrow.

Same.

Song Sparrow.

Song Sparrow.

Song Sparrow.

I very seldom  add any photos from the feeders, but about ten purple finch have moved in.The little group is made up of a male, some females and some immatures. Opposite is an immature.
Female Purple Finch

Male Purple Finch in moult maybe.

Immature Purple Finch

 I haven't mentioned Huegy lately,but he's still around, happily training and parading the family.
Huegy close up (Northern Crow)

Huegy's offspring.

Male Gold Finch

 A flock of blackbirds showed up yesterday at the feeders. In the group was this male Red-winged Blackbird. See the parch of red/orange on his shoulder. It's the first time that I've seen one this young.
Immature Male Red-winged Blackbird .

Same

Chipmunk

Red Squirrel In Black Spruce Tree.

64 comments:

  1. Love those juveniles! Your shots of the river are beautiful.

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  2. always love to see huegy. and your redstarts are beautiful. laughed at your description of the homes. :)

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  3. I love the animals, they are precious.

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  4. Great series, enjoyed the house reflections most.

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  5. You have taken some great bird images here Gary.
    Thanks for posting.

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  6. Fabulous images! I so enjoy your blog.

    Happy Sunday,
    Lois

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  7. Those warblers and redstarts are standouts but all the critters are beautifully captured.

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  8. Wow and wow and wow. Your pictures are always awesome:)

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  9. Excellent post again Gary!! The redstart warbler is on my list of viewing one through MY camera viewfinder. I hope to one day get a chance to photograph it.

    Thanks for linking up at the Bird D'Pot!!

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  10. A fantastic series, wonderful bird shots.
    Best regards, Karin

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  11. the river scenery is lovely and inviting....and every bird photo is so well-done - my favorite: the yellow warbler, but Huegy is pretty darn cool too....crows are so smart....

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  12. I so love your travels. I think it cool to have bird feeder photos. There should be awards for feeding them!
    I learn so much from your photoblog!
    Cheers from Cottage Country!

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  13. Hey Boom & Gary.
    Beautiful, beautiful pictures - always a pleasure to look into this blog.
    Thanks for the ride.
    Wishing you a good Monday / good new week.
    Hanne Bente

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  14. Just love the little Redstarts. Nice shots!

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  15. I love your bird shots! They are incredible, and the river shots too. Heck..I might as well said I love all your shots :-)

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  16. What wonderful summery shots!

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  17. Amazing shots as always. Love you blog!!!

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  18. Fantastic birding as always and I love the water and reflections too (reflection shots do improve on man-made things often!) Off to watch the slideshow.

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  19. Superb captures as always, Gary! I do love the water ones today! Gorgeous birds and, Chippie, of course, is always a winner! Enjoy your week!

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  20. These are all wonderful shots. So many beautiful birds. They are a delight. I love the reflections you captured in the water.

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  21. I like the way you have captured the moody overtones from the mist. The bird photos of course are great!

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  22. Who wouldn't want to be a bird and get caught by your camera ! Thank you for this nice journey very much. Please have a good Tuesday.

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  23. This is great because the offspring don't always looks like the parents for a while

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  24. I've never seen a redstart but it sure is a pretty bird. ... you manage to capture lots of amazing birds.

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  25. Such a variety of bird life. Enjoy your week

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  26. That female Redstart is certainly a looker Gary but I love that Black and White Warbler! Excellent!

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  27. Wonderful nature scenes, I love all the warblers shots. They are beautiful birds. Thanks for sharing,have a great day.

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  28. Yes, pretty pictures, I adore those beautiful views of the river with exquisite reflections in the water. Greetings.

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  29. What, no waxwings today?! LOL Great set of photos, Gary. That yellow warbler sure is vibrant!

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  30. All very beautiful, loved the river shots!

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  31. Great looking birds, just love them.

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  32. Hi there - those gold finches are just splendid.

    I suppose you may have a few signs that warn about bears!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

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    1. Nope,It's a wilderness, and there's no one to put them up.

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  33. que la nature est belle chez toi, superbe serie sur les oiseaux

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  34. great collection of birds as always.

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  35. What a wonderful place to explore, Gary.

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  36. Very beautiful scenery. Love the reflection in the river.

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  37. Beautiful, low water or high.

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  38. The chipmonk and the squirrel are my favorites ! I have seen hundreds of seagulls at the English coast, they are big like ducks !

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  39. what beauties, each and every one!! you have to be quick to get those chipmunks. around here, it's like they are on steriods!!

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  40. I love the red winged blackbird.

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  41. Delightful post, as always, Gary. It's nice to see all the green and the blue skies as a backdrop to your wildlife.

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  42. The coloring of the male purple finch is exquisite, as are all of your photos. I am in awe of your camera work here. And I really enjoy learning about these beauties from you. Thanks.

    Now, let the rains come and fill up that river!

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  43. I like your gull and raven shots! We have lots of crows around, but I've never seen a raven in the wild.

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  44. What lovely warblers you have in your country, our warblers in India are all a dull brown :) The images of the river are beautiful!

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  45. Great series again Gary - all those warblers! Phew!

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  46. wonderful series again Gary, beautiful birds you have and I always delight in the 'yellow' ones (warbler here and goldfinch). The redstarts are beautiful too.....they're all wonderful!

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  47. These shots are so beautiful - I would feel I was in heaven to see so many birds and be able to capture them so beautifully!

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  48. Beautiful photos. Wonderfully captured. The squirrel is so cute.

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  49. Great shots of the river! Love all the yellow birds, bright and cheery :)

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  50. A great serie of shots! Well done!

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  51. Such a bounty of photos, Gary! Where are to begin. The birds are beautiful. Love the warblers and the raven!

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  52. Beautiful warbler shots - nice capture of the female Redstart!

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  53. I got interrupted last time I looked at this post and didn't get to watch the slide show. Just back to say it is so worth it to look at your posts both ways. We had two goldfinch on our feeder this morning. First ones I've seen here this year.

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  54. Many, many lovely photos of all of the birds!
    I also have some redstarts in my WBW today!
    Greetings from Pia

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  55. So many great shots!!! I love that yellow bird!

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  56. Thanks everyone for your visit and kind words. Boom & Gary.

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  57. Another wonderful group of photos, Gary. That winter rapids scene is absolutely gorgeous!

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