Spring migrants tough it out
April 26th, 2012
Our recent cold snap has been hard on the birds and butterflies that poured
into Ottawa early, drawn by the deceptive summery weather. The many Yellow-Rumped
at Mud Lake yesterday morning were mostly foraging on ground,
scraping the bottom of the barrel in their search for insects and other
invertebrates. Still, the males had enough energy to sing almost constantly.
too filled the air with their songs, and flashed their (normally
concealed) ruby crowns at each other. Neither species breeds at Mud Lake, but
birds often sing and display in spring migration--warming up, as it were.
Cold weather is ideal for photographing Ruby-Crowned Kinglets. They don't move
around as fast!