Yellow Headed Blackbird

Posted by Douglas Brown , Sunday, May 15, 2011 2:14 AM

Yellow Headed Blackbird

Finally some of the birds are back and hanging around the marsh at Iona.
It's hard to miss them from the distinct cat like call they make..or something like a baby crying.
Yellow Headed Blackbird (female)

Back to the osprey nest

Posted by Douglas Brown , Tuesday, May 10, 2011 10:15 PM

When I first posted the images of the couple together, I went back and for two weeks there was not a bird to be found on this nest, so I almost gave up hope, and thought they had moved somewhere else.
Upon checking again over the last week now it seems they just decided this was the place to be.

Osprey at Nest


Osprey at Nest

Osprey at Nest





My belief is there is already eggs in the nest, because the female sits there mostly on guard
until the male brings her a fish, then she goes into a nearby tree and eats it.
 Perhaps they keep mating for reassurance.
This is something I have not researched on thier behaviour. I guess I should find out more.

Pileated Woodpecker

Posted by Douglas Brown 10:06 PM

Out in the Crescent Park area, I heard the ratatat of this pileated.
It's rare for me to get such a close and unobstructed view of one, so this was  a good find.
 A good chunk of the tree has been eaten away so it must be popular.
Pileated Woodpecker

It seems I always hear one while being there, but never get to actually see them.
Pileated Woodpecker