|Whirlpool - note the hundreds of Bonaparte's Gulls, photographing the Black-headed Gull on the wing was next to impossible at this range.|
|One of many Tundra Swans|
|Common Loon at the fly pass in Niagara-on-the-lake|
The bluebirds were very accommodating and perched in the trees right beside us, offering excellent views!
|This female was happily munching on grubs and worms in the grass|
While at my folks in Kingston, Caitlyn and I did the Amherst Island Christmas Bird Count with some of my good friends from NRSI. It was a great day spent with great people but the birding was lackluster. I have never seen so few raptors on the island. I was on the island most of the day and didn't find a single owl, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk or Northern Harrier and we had a large group of birders. I think the ferocious winds kept a lot of stuff low, but the numbers were still surprising nonetheless. Last year I observed 20 Snowy Owls in a single day on the island, what a difference a year can make!
I also had lots of fun with my niece and Caitlyn at Lemoine Point in Kingston on New Years day feeding chickadees! Thanks Emma!
Happy New Year!