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Last Week in Birds

Total Species for the Week - 27             Locations - Oro, Barrie and the Minesing Wetlands

Another week down, another week closer to spring ;-)  We did have a couple of good sightings this week which all came while doing the mail route in Oro.  Once again we were able to see Evening Grosbeaks and once again they eluded our lenses! Arrgggg, so frustrating!! LOL  Other notable sightings were a close up viewing of a male Pileated WP and Kelly finally was able to see and photograph Bohemian Waxwings for the first time!   We're still waiting on our first Snowy Owl - maybe they're holding off for Kelly's birthday, let's go with that and hopefully next we'll have one to report. Have a great week everyone!

Of course you can view the entire list of birds seen by clicking on the image above ;-)


What's In A Name - Whiskey Jack

The name Whiskey Jack is actually a nickname given to what is actually called the Gray Jay.  Gray Jays are a member of the Crow family and can found in boreal forests over much of North America.

When boreal areas began to see an increase in human activity, Gray Jays quickly learned that humans were an excellent source of food.  These birds accustomed themselves to humans quite readily and soon enough began to invade camps and steal provisions.  This would happen with such frequency that eventually they were given the nickname of Whiskey Jack.

The name Whiskey Jack is an anglicized version of the Algonquian name Wisakedjak.  Wisakedjak is a mischevious prankster god in Algonquian mythology.  If you are interested in reading the full mythology behind Wisakedjak, please click on the following link -

We were able to experience first hand the extroverted and friendly nature that inspired their nickname last winter while at Algonquin Park. There was a group of university students there who were feeding them peanuts right out of the palms of their hands.  There aren't too many species that will do that in wild - always a nice treat!! :)


Nature 10+1 - 1.33 "Lady Junco on Spruce"

Shot at our place in Barrie ~ Canon 50D Handheld, EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS @400mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO 500, EV +1

Another day, another winter storm ;-)  We managed to get through the mail route today and only got stuck once!  Thanks to all the kind people that helped us get out of the ditch, it's amazing how selfless people can be! We arrived home early and I thought the feeders would be a hoppin' but alas, it was pretty quiet.  I managed to get a few images of one of our local Junco's when I was outside cleaning the patio, she must have known I still needed to get nature shot!!


Nature 10+1 - 1.32 "Northern Shrike"

Shot in Oro ~ Canon 50D Handheld, EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS @400mm, f/7.1, 1/800, ISO 320, EV + 1 1/3

We finally saw a Shrike low enough in a tree to get some decent images while doing the mail out in Oro today. We've been seeing a lot of these guys lately and it's always a treat to get a close encounter.  I'm also looking for input on the framing of the image, does the crop work for you?


Nature 10+1 - 1.31 "Lady Cardinal"

Shot at our place in Barrie ~ Canon 50D Handheld, EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS @400mm, f/6.3, 1/60, ISO 800


Last Week in Birds - Jan 24th to Jan 30th, 2011

BC Chickadee shot at Tiffin Conservation Area

Total Species for the Week - 35       Locations - Oro, Barrie and the Minesing Wetlands

It's now the end of January and we still have yet to see a Snowy Owl - surprising since we surely have enough snow ;-)  We did manage to see a bird that has also been eluding this winter when we visited the feeders at Tiffin CA - the super camo'd Brown Creeper!  We also got some great looks at 2 Hairy Woodpeckers, both were nestled in amongst the branches which prevented any good photo's from being taken.

At home we got a nice surprise on Saturday in a small group of Common Redpolls which also had a few Pine Siskins mixed in.  We adore these little winter finches!  We've also noticed that Tree Sparrows have been missing from our feeders for over two weeks now and both Red and White-breasted Nuthatche sightings are few and far in between. Goldfinches continue to storm the feeders on a daily basis and a female Cardinal has also been visiting at dawn and dusk.

That's it for this week and you can view the entire list of birds seen by clicking on the picture or here, happy birding!


Pearl Jam 20 - "Yield"

Our favourite band Pearl Jam is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year!!  In celebration we've decided to post through the course of the year 20 different images in their honour, and each image posted will be named after one of their song titles or albums.  Happy Anniversary PJ!! :)



Nature 10+1 - 1.25  "H2O"

Shot at Milligan's Pond in Barrie ~ Canon 50D Handheld, EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS @100mm, f/14, 1/8, ISO 320


Nature 10+1 - 1.24 "In the Sticks"

Pan Blur shot in Oro ~ Canon 50D Handheld, EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS @100mm, f/32, 1/5, ISO 100, EV + 1/3


Nature 10+1 - 1.23 "Red-tail Sitting Pretty"

Shot in Barrie ~ Canon 50D, EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS, f/7.1, 1/1000, ISO 160, EV - 2/3

Project Feeder Watch: Am Goldfinch (17), Dark-eyed Junco (2), BC Chickadee (2), Cardinal (2), House Finch (2), Downy Woodpecker (1)


Nature 10+1 - 1.22 "Two for the Price of One"

Am Golfinches shot at our place in Barrie ~ Canon 50D, EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS @210mm, f/5, 1/250, ISO 640, EV +1

Project Feeder Watch Results: Am Goldfinch (18), Dark-eyed Junco (5), Downy Woodpecker (2), White-breasted Nuthatch (1), House Finch (1


Nature 10+1 - 1.20 "Sunrise in Oro"

Canon 50D Handheld, EF-S 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS @25mm, f/7.1, 1/1250, ISO 400, EV - 2/3

What a beautiful morning in Simcoe County!  As opposed to the overcast skies that have been greeting us in the mornings lately it was nice to finally see a brilliant sunrise for a change. :)  I began the day trying to photograph the full moon then moved on to the stellar sunrise.  Unfortunately we were on the road when the best part of the sunrise was developing.  We saw a beam of lovely red light shooting straight up into the air, something we have never seen before.  Although I missed capturing the beam of light I was still able to get many great images just before I had to start work.  I can't think of a better way to begin the day.

We would like to dedicate today's nature shot to Kelly's Mom, Terry!!  Happy birthday Mom!!!  Love you!! :) xoxoxoxo


Nature 10+1 - 1.19 "Frozen in Time"

Shot in Oro ~ Canon 50D Handheld, EF 100mm 2.8 Macro, f/3.5, 1/200, ISO 320 EV + 1/3


Nature 10+1 - 1.17 "A Pine and It's Shadow"

Shot in Oro ~ Canon 50D Handheld, Lensbaby Composer - Double Optic, f/8, 1/200, ISO 100, EV - 1/3