THE MIGRANT PARADE

Even though I have been busy making prints and cards I have had a wonderful time watching and attempting to photograph the passerines out my windows. If I am at my computer I race into the other room as soon as I see an interesting prospect. Some mornings I can barely see any colours it is so dark when they start moving around but most days at least some are kind enough to wait until about 7:30 am. I haven’t seen any American Redstarts or Chestnut-sided Warblers for a few days. Black & White Warblers have been scarce for a last few days and I haven’t seen an Ovenbird for at least a week. There are still some Tennessee Warblers around.

Blue-headed Vireos and Red-eyed Vireos have been sporadic.

There are still lots of sparrows around, mostly Chipping and Song. Yesterday, I saw my first juncos of the fall. Time to get a platform feeder out and stocked.

I saw a Scarlet Tanager here and heard my only peewee of the whole season. I have noticed that quite a few warblers land on my deck railing to see what the feeder birds find so enticing. I should try a mealworm feeder next year. Also, time to replace the two feeders the bear destroyed in the spring.

I have seen a few of both Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets in the last few days. If this one had only raised it’s crest! At least one Brown Creeper has been here regularly and my last attempt to photograph one was a flop because he was too close, of all things!

Lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers around, the odd Black-throated Green Warbler, Nashvilles and Pines. Only one Palm Warbler seen.

This bit of video of an American Bittern in breeding plumage was done in the spring.

There is some colour now in the Muskoka area but far from at its best yet. Right around my place all trees are still solidly green. Not even the acorns are brown yet. I’m sure another week will show a big change. With the Fall Studio Tour next weekend, Thanksgiving and Cranberry Festival weekends, Muskoka will be busy here for a few more weeks.

This is a great time to get out and do some photography and I entend doing just that!

All images and video are the property of Eleanor Kee Wellman and may not be used for any purpose without the written permission of the photogapher
The passerine images were all taken with my Canon 7D and my 500 f4 IS lens, handheld. The video was taken with the same combination plus a 1.4 converter and edited with Pinnacle Studio 14 Ultimate Collection.

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