Barred Owl sighted along Duffin's Creek near Markham
As the sun was sinking lower and time was getting on, Bob's eye suddenly registered a Barred Owl sitting in a tree along Duffin's Creek near Markam.
Thryomanes bewickii Photo from Minette Layne (Wikipedia) Common name: Bewick's wren (en); carriça-de-Bewick (pt); troglodyte de Bewick (fr); ratona tepetatero (es); buschzaunkönig (de) Taxonomy: Order Passeriformes Family Troglodytidae Range: This species is mostly found in western North America, breeding locally from southern British Columbia, Nebraska, southern Ontario, and southwestern Pennsylvania south to Mexico, Arkansas and the northern Gulf States. Size: The Bewick's wren in 12-14 cm…
Mourning Dove Identification, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
A graceful, slender-tailed, small-headed dove that’s common across the continent. Mourning Doves perch on telephone wires and forage for seeds on the ground; their flight is fast and bullet straight. Their soft, drawn-out calls sound like laments. When taking off, their wings make a sharp whistling or whinnying. Mourning Doves are the most frequently hunted species in North America.
Cooper's Hawk Identification, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Among the bird world’s most skillful fliers, Cooper’s Hawks are common woodland hawks that tear through cluttered tree canopies in high speed pursuit of other birds. You’re most likely to see one prowling above a forest edge or field using just a few stiff wingbeats followed by a glide. With their smaller lookalike, the Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper’s Hawks make for famously tricky identifications. Both species are sometimes unwanted guests at bird feeders, looking for an easy meal (but not one…
Blue Jay Identification, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
This common, large songbird is familiar to many people, with its perky crest; blue, white, and black plumage; and noisy calls. Blue Jays are known for their intelligence and complex social systems with tight family bonds. Their fondness for acorns is credited with helping spread oak trees after the last glacial period.
swan bear messages of love/relationships, pair for years, sometimes for a lifetime. the swan glides upon the waters of our awareness, a symbol of love, reminder of the blessings found in our relationships. swan graces vibrant traditions as the Hamsa bird. In the Saundarya Lahari (translated: Waves of Beauty, its a text filled with beautiful mantras from the Hindu perspective) two swans pair together, swimming around in the divine mind living on honey from the blooming lotus of…