My 10 Best/Favorite Photos of 2012

2012 was filled with very memorable, fun, and exciting moments, and my trip to Long Point this August will be my most cherished memory!

At the end of last year, I wrote a post on “My 10 Favorite Birds of 2011“. I wanted this year’s year-end post to be different from that, so here are my 10 best and favorite photos of 2012.

One of the most exciting birds I saw at my feeders this year was a Northern Shrike in March,

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Holding a Burrowing Owl at the Tofield Snow Goose Chase in April,

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One of the Gray Catbirds I counted during the local May species bird count,

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At the Bird Studies Canada Headquarters in August during the Young Ornithologists’ Workshop,

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A banded Canada Warbler at Long Point in August,

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My friend Katie holding an Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle at Long Point during the YOW,

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A young Turkey Vulture after being banded in late August,

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A Northern Harrier in September,

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A Long-tailed Weasel at my grandparents’ yard in November,

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A Pine Grosbeak at my grandparents’ yard in December,

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My Baillie Birdathon Results

My Baillie Birdathon was a few days ago, and I was hoping to go from midnight to midnight, but I was so tired from Saturday’s 6:30 am start to our local Spring bird count, and then two long days at the 4H beef club show and sale, that I accidentally overslept. So my Birdathon was from 6 am Wednesday to 6 am Thursday.

My goal was to see 80 species and I came so very, very close, with 79 species. My first species was a Barn Swallow and the last was a Marbled Godwit. Most of the species were seen around our farm, house, and my grandparents’ yard, and I saw four species at the local Provincial Park.

All the species I saw:

Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Eared Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, American Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Ruddy Duck, Northern Harrier, Swainson’s Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ruffed Grouse, Sora, American Coot, Killdeer, American Avocet, Willet, Marbled Godwit, Wilson’s Snipe, Wilson’s Phalarope, Franklin’s Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Black Tern, Rock Pigeon, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Least Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Black-billed Magpie, American Crow, Common Raven, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Mountain Bluebird, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, European Starling, Yellow Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer’s Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, and House Sparrow.

I was very happy that my scope arrived from Pelee Wings in time for my Birdathon. The scope was a huge help because I could see so far into and across the river, sloughs, and lakes.

My Swarovski scope is an ATM 80 with a 20-60 zoom eyepiece, and a Manfrotto 190 tripod with 128RC head,

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(I am wearing one of my favorite t-shirts, from NYC Audubon by Social Pakt)

Some of the birds I saw during my Birdathon, including a Willet,

A male Ruddy Duck displaying,

Swainson’s Hawk,

A very beautiful male mountain Bluebird at the Provincial Park,

Gray Catbird,

Great Blue Heron,

American Wigeon,

A Pied-billed Grebe,

Thank you everyone for helping me exceed my goal for my Baillie Birdathon, I had so much fun and can’t wait for next year!