Northern Mockingbird

Mockingbird - leucistic-albinoI saw this Northern Mockingbird.  It is a leucistic/albino.  The picture was taken in Hugh Ramsey Park in downtown Harlingen.



Gull picture to share

GullsI took this picture of three gull species.  I thought it was a Herring Gull and a couple of the Laughing Gulls.  But when I looked at the picture a little closer, I realized that it was a Herring Gull, a Laughing Gull and a Franklin’s Gull.


Have you seen one yet?

I am wondering if any of my Strathroy Area readers have had a chance to drive out to the School Road area to look for a Snowy Owl.  Anyone seen one yet?

Christmas Bird Count

It is that time of year again.  If you are interested in participating in a Christmas Bird Count, you can find out how to go about by visiting the Audubon Web Site.  There are several counts in the area and they are always looking for new participants.

Just click on this link and read the article.  If you have further questions, leave a comment for me here and I can help point you in the right direction.


Another Snowy Owl along School Road

Today, two separate Snowy Owls were sighted along School Road, northwest of Strathroy.  You might want to consider going for a drive.  And don’t forget to bring your camera.

Snowy Owl on School Road

On Tuesday, December 7, 2017, a Snowy Owl was seen along School Road, northwest of Strathroy.  I would not be surprised if it sticks around for awhile.  Why not drive out and have a look!

Backroads northwest of Strathroy

This past summer, I have not done much birding around Strathroy.  Not sure why.  It just did not happen.  But this morning, I thought I would take a drive over to Seed Road area.  A bit early for Snowy Owls, but you never know.  Well I did not find any.  In face I did not see much bird life really.  But it felt good to drive the roads and look.  Searching the fields, tree lines, road edges.  Along Confederation, I saw a American Kestrel on the wire, half a dozen Rock Pigeons on a silo and a couple of American Crows perched in a tree.

Along Seed Road, I saw about 500 Ring-billed Gulls in a field.  Looked freshly plowed.  There was a lone American Crow, a half dozen Rock Pigeons in some corn stubble.

Over on School Road, driving south, I saw a lone Mourning Dove on the wire, a Downy Woodpecker responded to pishing and came in close to the edge of the road,  in another spot a Song Sparrow was in a marshy area.  Further down, in a row of cedars along the road, there was a flock of Pine Siskens (about 20) foraging/feeding the seed pods.  Very nice to see these siskens up close.

Not a lot of birds.  But so nice to get out and search for what might be out there.