Monday, November 5, 2012

Ojibway Park

I woke up this morning at 5am and couldn`t get back to sleep, so I did the housework that HAD to be done and headed to Ojibway.  I had never walked through the Tallgrass Prairie or the Woodlot on the south side of Matchette, so I went there first.  I almost didn`t walk through the Tallgrass Prairie area because of warning signs for Massassauga Rattlesnakes.  I really don`t like snakes!  A man walking his dogs assured me he has never seen them before.  I decided to walk through the wood instead.  Didn`t see much...Bluejays, Chickadees, Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Downy Woodpeckers.  On the way back, I walked through the prairie and thankfully didn`t see any snakes, but I also didn`t see any birds.

I walked back across the street to walk the pond and savannah loop.  I managed to flush a Great Blue Heron before I even knew he was there.  Walking along this trail, I saw more Red-bellied Woodpeckers and some Dark-eyed Juncos (Slate-coloured).
Red-bellied Woodpecker

You can see a bit of the red belly this bird is named for.
Walking through the woods, past the pond, I heard a rustle in the distance and was shocked to see a deer with a large rack!  I fumbled to grab my camera and got this horrible shot before it darted out of sight.
Looks a bit ghost-like, in the centre of the shot.
Once I looped back around, I could see the feeders at the back of the visitor centre and managed to capture a horrible shot of an Eastern my defence, it was fairly far away and I obeyed the regeneration signs.
The one on the rights is a Bluebird...not sure about the one on the left.
I then went to the feeders by the shed....if I had started there, it would have saved me a lot of time!    There were a lot of birds at the are a few pictures of some of what was there...
American Tree Sparrow

Black-capped this shot!  Not even cropped :)

Fox bird!!

White-throated Sparrow

Pine bird!!

Snobby Tufted Titmouse
Since it was still early, I decided to walk the Pin Oak Trail...another first for me.  Well, I got lost!  It took me what felt like an eternity to get back to the parking lot!  Just a few minutes shy of the parking lot, I spotted this bird....

I am really hoping this is a was much larger than the Downy Woodpeckers I had seen earlier and the bill looks about the length of its head....please let me know what you think.  Here is another shot at a different angle of the same bird.
What do you think?
Well, aside from these birds, I also saw Mourning Doves, House Sparrows, White-breasted Nuthatch,  and lots of American Goldfinches.  It was a nice morning with a slow start.

Oh...on another note, I have decided to take Nashville Warbler off my life list...I keep going back and looking at those pictures (and others I captured but haven't posted).  This bird has been haunting me!  Those little dark patches on the cheek (visible in one of the shots) just calls the whole ID into question.  My goal in keeping this blog is not a competition or to mislead everyone, so I am taking it off my list.  Maybe now it won't haunt me :s

I almost forgot!  I went to the Blenheim Lagoons last Thursday and got a few shots of birds I have seen before, but better pictures than I had captured before.  Here are a few...
Female Ruddy Duck

Pair of Bufflehead

Northern Shovellers

Sparrow of some sort...but I liked the shot.  I was surprised to see it turned out clear :)


  1. I'm no expert but I'd call Hairy on that one. It's beak is almost the same length as its head and it's quite a bit thicker than a Downy. The first time I saw one, also at Ojibway, I knew the moment I laid eyes on it that it was a Hairy. When you finally see one, the size difference is apparent.
    I have yet to see a Pine Siskin. I'll have to go to Ojibway after work tomorrow and see if I get lucky too.
    My bf and I walked the Spring Garden ANSI for the first time these past two weekends. This time we spotted 4 deer over there. Lots of 'peckers, E. bluebirds, sparrows of all kinds including a White Crowned on Sunday and Hermit Thrush. You could spend a good 4 hours over there ... it's quite expansive if you follow all the trails.

    1. I thought it was a Hairy but wanted confirmation as I had hoped for one before :) If you head to Ojibway, go the feeders...lots were around! As for the Spring Garden ANSI, I will have to check it out. I have never been there before (and actually, not quite sure where it is). Thanks for the tip!

  2. I think you finally got your Hairy Woodpecker Tiffanie! Congrats on all the life birds! You're pulling away from me very fast! :) Nice series of pictures. I believe that your last picture is a Song Sparrow? Bumber on the bad picture of the stag!

    1. Two confirmations now on the Hairy!! It makes me very grateful I got a little lost in the woods otherwise I would have missed it :) I didn`t even want to hazard a guess on the sparrow since they can be difficult with the best picture! The stag was awesome to see...I had never seen a stag before. The odd time I see a deer, it doesn`t have the rack at all, so that was a nice treat.

  3. I have sent pics to Tom Preney at Ojibway when I'm confused about an ID. He usually gets back to me quite quickly. OR, you can go in to the Nature Centre and have him look at it right on your blog. Tom's very helpful.