Birds are starting to arrive

Spent a couple of hours in the Arboretum for the exercise and also because it’s “my day” to take pictures for the Year in the Arboretum project today.  Glad we went … we were supposed to have rain this morning but instead we had cooler weather with sunshine.  Ottawa – not far away – had a major storm last night and a front clearly passed through and seems to have brought some good birds with it.

Ruby-crowned Kinglets, White-throated Sparrows, Chipping Sparrows, Song Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Rose-breasted Grosbeak (or was it a Purple Finch?  Acute angle, high up in a tree, parts of the anatomy rarely seen on display), AmCrows, Chickadees, Downy Woodpecker, WBNuthatch, Turkey Vulture, Northern cardinals, northern Flickers (very noisy), Blue Jay, DEJuncos, AmRobins … and so on and so forth.  Some interesting butterflies as well and plenty of early forest flowers.

Things are starting to get interesting again – here are some pictures, nothing of show quality but they record some of the birds seen anyway.

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

American Crow

American Crow

American Robin

American Robin

Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Hairstreak butterfly - species not determined

"Spring Azure" butterfly - species not determined but not a Hairstreak as I at first thought. Seems there are over 100 species with the common name of Spring Azure so the ID is really no further advanced. Anyone who would care to add to the identification would be very welcome to do so.

Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Rose-breasted Grosbeak - female

Rose-breasted Grosbeak - female

Red Trillium

Red Trillium

Camberwell Beauty butterfly - erroneously known in Canada as a Mourning Cloak butterfly

Camberwell Beauty butterfly - known in Canada as a Mourning Cloak butterfly but the European name has chronological precedence

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2 thoughts on “Birds are starting to arrive

  1. Hi Richard,
    Potato (po-tayt-o), potao (po-tat-o), it’s all about where we were brought up. Is it fair to say one is right and the other is wrong? 😉
    Nymphalis antiopa, Camberwell Beauty, Mourning Cloak… what’s in a name?
    I enjoy reading/seeing your pictorial records.

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