Just as we got the merest glimpse of spring, gifts from both Boreus and Eurus trumped the one from Notus and it all ground to a halt again (Greek mythology, could have used any mythology, all made up anyway). The little blip of an arrival we had before the naughty wind gods did their thing dumped a flush of rare and sub-rare birds at various points around Nova Scotia, including the Gray Kingbird on CSI (see CSI Quarterly Report post). The same system has slowly been revealing its avian treats in a piecemeal sort of way since. Not far from us in Port Latour, Julie Smith hosted a couple of Blue Grosbeaks, prompting a bird-con 1 (like Def-Con but more serious) situation on CSI sending us looking for ours. We don’t seem to have any but Julie’s male was certainly worth the short trip to see it. The female type isn’t being reported now so perhaps it has gone (west, go west a bit!).
Now we are back in the groove with a spell of fine days and light winds which seem to be from a different direction every time I check the weather vane. This is not so good for us on CSI, as summer visitors tend to arrive at their destination directly unless the weather gangs up on them and dumps them unceremoniously onto the coast. A few birds seem to be ignoring the rules though.
This Eastern Phoebe seemed to have just arrived on The Hawk beach recently. It hung around a couple of days, no doubt able to feast to recovery on the redoubtable seaweed flies.
Brown-headed Cowbird numbers seem to be on the up. I quite like them, they are filling an ecological niche that we have artificially widened for them, then they get blamed for doing what their genetics programming tells them to do, you just can’t win.
American Robins are everywhere, literally. I still don’t understand why we keep this name, a robin it is not. Surely American Thrush would be more accurate, if not so descriptive.
A pair of Northern Pintails continue to linger on Daniel’s Head marsh, just on the road bend to the south or west. They seem to shun good light but are usually close enough for you to compensate. An obsolete name for pintail is Sprigtail in the US and Spikearse in the UK whereas the Greeks (yes them again) called them Dinner.
I’m always pleased to see a Boreal Chickadee and we on CSI are lucky that they are a resident, albeit a scarce one. This one was on a trail at Cripple Creek that I like to check from time to time, had my first spring Palm Warbler there too.
The seas are awash with Red-necked Grebes at the moment. This one was in dull light but shows well the red blush of the neck before it transforms into the crayon-coloured spectacle it becomes in summer.
And finally, the Cape Sable Island guide is now available from the following eBook retailers:
Barnes & Noble
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With the book now being at the other eBook retailers, you can use your trusted existing accounts with them to get it if you wish. So far (April-13th), 98 have been downloaded so it seems popular, thank you everyone for your support, I’m already working on the updated and expanded version, out at the end of the year, perhaps.
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