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Swallows and (not Amazons) Ravens

Another new species for the year … the Cliff Swallows (#62) returned today to the old nest site under the platform of the weather radar dome at the entrance to the arboretum. I had checked yesterday and there was no sign of them but about 14 or so were whirling around there at shortly after mid-day today and checking things out. Once they are fully settled in I will go back and get some quality photographs but for now what follows will do the job of providing a record.

Normally, when hearing Ravens calling from the EcoMuseum one just shrugs and assume sit’s the guys n the cage down there but today we had two real wild Ravens chasing a Red-tailed Hawk over the northern end of the zoo. very noisy with lots of excitement and a couple of Red-winged Blackbirds joining in as the Hawk gave up and headed off east.

Some mammalian activity too – a couple of young Racoons up a tree and several Chipmunks.

Cliff Swallow nests ready for renovatin - birds installed

Cliff Swallow nests ready for renovatin – birds installed

Cliff Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Cliff Swallow coming in to land

Cliff Swallow coming in to land

 

After the chase the Ravens paused near us for a rest

Common Ravens

Common Ravens

 

There were a lot of Red-winged Blackbirds, mostly male but at least two females, getting territorial around the pond inside the EcoMuseum … these were wild birds, I hasten to add

Look at my epaulettes !

Look at my epaulettes !

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I inserted a line above as the pictures that follow were taken of animals in the zoo … not wild, not tickable and not ticked but they show some of the finer details that really wild critters don’t let you get close enough to record. The EcoMuseum is a nice place – a small zoo that specialises in having only wild animals that naturally occur in Quebec. All their specimens are rescue or rehabilitated, injured animals that would otherwise be dead and which cannot survive in the wild. They have an excellent educational programme and a visit is recommended.

Chipmunk (wild, but within zoo grounds)

Chipmunk (wild, but within zoo grounds)

Merganser

Merganser

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Duck

Northern Shoveller (note, the field guides show the head as being green but in certain lights it is purple with a greenish tinge - like this)

Northern Shoveller (note, the field guides show the head as being green but in certain lights it is purple with a greenish tinge – like this)

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron

Raccoon 1

Raccoon 1

Raccoon 2

Raccoon 2

 

 

 

By | 2014-05-08T15:06:07+00:00 May 8th, 2014|BIGBY, birding, birds, mammals, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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