Saturday, March 25, 2017

Migration tonight!



I know there won't be many people reacting to this idea/post on ~8 hours notice (I kinda missed this approaching) - but I was surprised to see the wind/rain pattern unfolding tonight. As per usual, I'm using Point Pelee as an example...

Despite strong NE winds and colder temps, the rain is moving north of SW Ontario:



Harrow Airport says it's 3.5 degrees...



and here's the surface winds:


(yes, NE winds) - but the south winds aren't terribly far away!

This is (in my opinion) a great setup for big NUMBERS of birds to drop in at migrant traps (like Pelee!)... You'd never know from the ground, but warmer southerly air is flowing over Pelee from places further south. Check out the 850mb winds: 




This is a very similar setup to the BIG day from May 11, 2016 - with huge numbers of neotropic migrants from Pelee / Pelee Island...

https://peregrineprints.blogspot.ca/2016/05/crazy-birding-may-11th-2016-pelee-island.html

IF it turns out, tomorrow will be "March/April" themed - so flickers, winter wrens, kinglets, juncos etc - but it could be a pretty interesting show out there. I won't be there, but maybe you will be? Looking forward to the ebird checklists!




Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bald Eagle X European Starling hybrid




Or maybe it's a partial albino Starling.. Who's to say? My lovely ladyfriend spotted this beast in our backyard during the recent snowfalls... Snowfall = more birds at your feeder, and spring snowfall = oodles of migrant blackbirds at your feeder!



Managed a few quick grabs from inside the house. Not much else to say about it - although I was pretty surprised to see just HOW the white was coming through... I am not knowledgable about the exact causes of plumage abnormalities in birds (I believe there was a great article several years ago on how the mechanisms are different in birds vs. mammals)  but it seems a little more unusual that the feathers are part normal part white (greater coverts) - or part normal part paler-than-normal (primaries) - or straight up white (head etc). 



Friday, March 10, 2017

New website! Same great blog... Somewhat...






A new incarnation of my website (www.PeregrinePrints.com) has arrived! The previous design had been adjusted several times since its inception in 2003, including a complete overhaul after a virus attack - but always followed the same general design/layout.

One big adjustment is the loss of my old site-specific redirect url (www.blog.peregrineprints.com) - which I don't think I'm going to revive... If you're reading this, hopefully you're already aware of the change... www.peregrineprints.blogspot.com is the link of the future!

I've enacted a blogging feature on the new site - which I've decided to call "journal" instead of "blog" to avoid any confusion with this site... I hope to blog about photography-specific endeavours on that page going forward -so while updates may be irregular, I hope the quality of the content will be high. First up will be a series regarding some of the hotspots I was able to visit while in San Diego starting sometime next week. (www.peregrineprints.com/journal/)

So boom! Here it is! Let me know what you think!