|Nestboxes out on the mudflats|
|Purple Martins pausing for a rest between feedings. The two birds with the pale faces are juveniles.|
|Other birds also make use of the piers (I think that's the right term?). This is a Bald Eagle, like I needed to tell you that!|
|The "flats" part of Maplewood Flats looks like this. I didn't see any shorebirds, as early July is the narrow window between northbound stragglers and southbound early-birds. There were 6 Great Blue Herons, almost all in the arc of this photo.|
Purple Martins weren't the only life bird for the morning. Although I'm fairly certain I've seen this particular flycatcher before, I've never had the chance to confirm the ID, which is by song. Anyway, here's the bird:
|An Empidonax Flycatcher, but which one?|
And here's the ID...
Handheld videoscoping doesn't give great results but it's the soundtrack that counts - "rrritz-bew" is unmistakably a Willow Flycatcher, common enough but still eluding me in Alberta.
I'm off on a sea kayaking trip tomorrow but will keep the blog updated with some more sightings, although if you want a sneak preview have a look under "Checklists".