Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fall is in The Air

After having family visit us from out of town for the past week, I was itching to get out with Kim to do a little birding.

We made our usual first stop at Elgin Park where I observed my first ‘life bird’ of the day, a Yellow Warbler. A tough one to photograph but I managed to snap a few.IMG_8659IMG_8664

I then spotted a Common Yellow Throat playing peek-a-boo through the leaves..IMG_8626

A shaggy looking Rufous Hummingbird perched for a bit on a shaded branch.. IMG_8680

Kim and I then made our way through a very overgrown path to one of a few ponds to observe some Lesser Yellow Legs, up close and personal. We were amazed to see them come so close to the shore we were standing on. IMG_8782 IMG_8772IMG_8759

After a good little while of time at Elgin, Kim and I headed off to Reifel Bird Sanctuary to see what was in store for us on this day. Reifel did not disappoint. I was fortunate enough to observe life bird number two and three of the day.

As I got out of the car, one of my favorite little white mallard came waddling up to greet me. IMG_8799

And of course, many of the usual suspects were there to say hello as well…. IMG_8925

…and some too tired to care.IMG_8904

We were happy to see many Long-billed Dowitchers, and Lesser YellowlegsIMG_8883 IMG_8869 IMG_8854

Moving along to the next pond, as we spied through our binoculars to the opposite side, we spotted something different. Life bird number two for me, a Pectoral Sandpiper.IMG_8963 IMG_8962

Kim and I were also very happy to see the return of a familiar favorite, the American CootIMG_8976

Then again we spotted something different. Life birds for both of us, making number three for myself, a pair of Cackling Geese, a rare find for these areas.IMG_8972 IMG_9019 IMG_9033

I must say that I quite like the Cackling Goose, it’s much smaller and cuter then the Canada Gooses and a whole lot less aggressive.

Our bird full day was coming to an end as we slowly made our way to the car. We were thrilled with what we had seen and capture in our view finders and most definitly did not leave disappointed. With the return of some of our favorites, we knew that fall was certainly in the air!


Bye-bye…see you again soon!!!!


  1. wonderful photo series - some great photos


  2. Sweet way to start off a Sunday morning seeing and reading your lovely series.

  3. Wonderful series of photos. Congrats on the two lifers. Love that Cackling Goose.

  4. A great day indeed for you and Kim. Thanks for all the great shots. Love the cackling goose...have never seen one up close and personal.

  5. Wonderful series of photographs! A great day of birding for you and Kim. Great Long-billed Dowitchers and Lesser Yellowlegs shots. I've never seen a Cackling Goose before ... cute! Congratulations on your 3 lifers!

  6. Wonderful post, Robbie!! I really enjoyed looking at your photos and congrats on the lifers!!

  7. Thank you all so much. I would just like to note that I have been corrected on one of my birds, the Yellow Warbler is in fact a female MacGillivray Warbler