Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sonograms Part 5

(Odd) American Redstart

Black-and-white Warbler

Boreal Chickadee

Nashville Warbler

Common Yellowthroat (night song)

Veery (call and song) 

Winter Wren

Mourning Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Wood Thrush pt 1

Wood Thrush pt 2

Song Sparrow

Blue Jay

(excited) Chipping Sparrow

Scarlet Tanager (call)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Titmouse Movement

Had a Titmouse in the yard today...

Not expected...

Did a quick search of eBird, and found several other "new" records - somewhat north of their normal range - in the last week or so....


There have also been several recent records at places where they aren't normally around -


Long Point (Old Cut):

Holiday Beach:


So - keep your eyes peeled for titmice!! Perhaps this is a good time to look for Carolina Chickadees too? (Who knows?)

Rare bird weather is full-steam-ahead (see previous post) --- sooner or later a dynamite bird is going to be found. Will it be you?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Gearing up for some October rare-birding

I wasted considerable time watching the track of Hurricane Matthew - waiting and waiting to see if Ontario, Quebec or Atlantic Canada was going to reap the bird-benefits that can be associated with destructive tropical weather systems to our south...

Needless to say - it didn't happen... (Which isn't entirely true, as a lot of energy from Matthew pulled into Newfoundland yesterday --- but I don't think anyone was out looking??)

Anyhoots -

Here's a very rough breakdown on some upcoming weather - that I think could make for some darn entertaining vagrant/rarity hunting style birding in the southern Great Lakes (or enjoyable birding in general - but this isn't a "fallout forecast") Some general thoughts:

- the persistent high pressure we've had in our region is finally sliding southwards - perhaps due to little more than normal climate/climatology

- as it slips south, we will be getting southerly flow and warm temperatures into our area from both receding high pressure centres and advancing low pressure systems (that are scooting NNE - unlike the usual NE or ENE)

- the pacific jet is burning up right now, pushing energy onto the continent

- some of that energy is related to ex-typhoons (maybe even the MJO a little?) - so we'll get some potent weather and lower pressures for the next little while....

So what's the weather breakdown?? -

Rapid fire:

Tomorrow (Weds) - SW flow aloft in advance of the front. Warm. 

Thursday: Front passing the great lakes. Strong NNW winds and clearing skies (hawks, diurnal migration!) 


Friday - calm, but note Hurricane Nicole and a powerful chain of low's coming ashore from the pacific

Saturday - SW flow starting over the great lakes. Note the two low's mid-continent from the energy that arrived on Saturday. Hurricane Nicole still visible (leaving) ... Low "Bombing" out on the west coast

Sunday - continental lows zipping north - leaving DRY SW flow into the southern great lakes

Monday - fairly calm, but SW flow STILL reaching the S. Great Lakes after the earlier "mid-continental" lows zip off the screen... Energy from the pacific bomb is now consolidating east of the rockies...

Tuesday - energy has pulled into one low... Only shows 1000mb on this map, but it's also 7 days out... GFS has been hinting at a ~980-985mb monster approaching the great lakes...

Wednesday - after semi-bombing-out on the GFS, the low is really wrapping around and bringing Franklin's-Gull-ish winds whipping out of the W... Could be grand Fort Erie lakewatching winds too!

So yeah... Could be great weather for those who like to get out and find something unexpected! Or perhaps will provide some sort of rarity to chase once it's found on that December 17th CBC in your area!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Sonograms Part 4

American Goldfinch

American Redstart

American Robin

Black-and-White Warbler

Black-capped Chickadee

Common Nighthawk

Nashville Warbler


Swainson's Thrush


Winter Wren

White-winged Crossbill
(singing in the middle of the night!)

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Along came a Sucker

A quick check of Van Wagner's Beach during our recent run of east winds yielded - what I thought was - my new favourite fish species (family!) a Redhorse!!

Check it out!

Hindsight is 20/20 - and I think I should also have photographed the pelvic fin??? But this is all we get!

Then, based on my barely-intensive internet searching - I'm started to wonder why this isn't just a White Sucker or some other sucker species... 

Which leads me to one question... Are there any good Fish ID resources for Ontario?? Any good books I should pick up in my new-found-quest for fish? I'm somewhat surprised at how difficult it was to find a basic "What fish are found in Lake Ontario" checklist online... Perhaps they're all swamped out by sport fishermen looking for trout... 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

(First Ever!) PeregrinePrints Butterfly Quiz

Some Butterfly pics from Pelee!!! Rather than label them all, I've left them blank. Therefore, you can use it as a quiz (if you so desire!)

If you know them all - enjoy!

If you want to cheat a little, they all come from the list I published on the 24th...

If you really want to know what any of them are without looking it up, leave a comment and I'll reply!

This was a VERY small individual... (above)

?? (above)