Saturday, June 27, 2009

Riding Mountain cont.

Worth mentioning a few mor birds we saw well during our stay in Riding Mountain. One morning we were treated to a male Spruce Grouse displaying to a female near the road...

Ruffed Grouse were almost everywhere and often in display mode

A little owling produced good looks at several species of owls including this Long-eared Owl at dusk

Northern Saw-whet Owls were quite common this year and I heard well over a dozen in and around the park. A few of them even offered good views like these two...

Great Horned Owls already had chicks, although they were nto nearly as advanced as those near Winnipeg that had already fledged young

A little grassland birding outside the park produced good looks at species such as Chestnut-collared Longspur

and Mountain Bluebird

Towards the end of May some of the later spring returning breeders started to show up, including this dashing Connecticut Warbler

And of course out target species, the Golden-winged Warbler. This image is a composite to show the bird in their habitat...

Special thanx to Annika, Katherine, Lanaye and Samantha who worked so hard and did so well in training!

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