Sapsucker school

A hot and sunny weekend has meant that bird activity has been low and the dragonflies are hard to find resting for photos. Yesterday at the pits, two immature Merlin were playing games with the shorebirds, forcing Lesser Yellowlegs to plunge bodily into the water and harrasing a Belted Kingfisher until it left the site. The three Gresat Egrets are still around and an immature Black-crowned Night-Heron was only my second ever for the site. At home everything but a couple of Black-throated Green Warblers has gone, it will need another cool front to drop a few more birds into our area, perhaps late next week.

This summer we have had the pleasure of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers frequently doing what they do best on our Birch trees. As the season progressed the regular adult was joined by up to two juveniles. The adult seemed to lead the juvs around the area for a while, showing them its stop offs and teaching them how to make their own. We’ve not seen an adult for a week or so now but an immature is present for most of each day, stopping sapsucking only to chase off trespassing Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers. The sap sucked trees are also attracting insects which is perhaps one of the reason the warblers have hung around, also attracted are Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, so much so that I moved one of the hummer feeders to the front porch and got an instant take up.

Below a shot of the immature sapsucker.

This week has also seen an uptunr in wildfowl. Both at the pits and alongthe Chemin de l’Anse good number of Blue-winged and Green-winged teal have arrived while at the pits the first Ring-necked Duck of the autumn showed up Saturday.

Below a digiscoped shot of Blue-winged Teal from the l’Anse, still not quite got the hang of digiscoping.

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