I have this idea that whenever I go birding there’s always a Bird of the Day. Even a miserable, cold, dank day will produce something special, and it doesn’t have to be rare to be special. Sometimes two or three birds are the highlights, but there’s always at least one, one that stands out because it made me think Wow!
In this blog I spotlight my Bird of the Day. If I have a photograph that relates, I’ll add it.
My birding is done mostly in Southern Ontario, Canada. I live very close to the shoreline of Lake Ontario just where the lake tapers to its extreme west end. The closest big city is Hamilton.
It’s an area rich in bird life in all seasons. The rather extreme continental climate means there’s migration action much of the year: We get birds moving north to breed in spring and returning south in fall, We see Arctic birds heading for open water and /or a more assured food supply over the winter months. The presence of the lake and varied landward topography means we have a lot of variety of habitat. No mountains, no salt water, but plenty of forest, marsh, grassland, farmland, bogs, swamps, rivers, ponds, rock faces and urban expanses.
On other pages (Tragic Turkey, Thieving Magpie etc.) I’ll share some of what I’ve learned, some thoughts and observations on individual birds, species and birding generally. You might enjoy it, you may agree, disagree, or just navigate away to something more worthwhile.
And me? I’m Peter Thoem, retired after a business career and a spell as a local politician. Nature has fascinated me for as long as I can remember; since I was 4, I like to say. As child and teen in the U.K, binoculars were out of the question so I just peered at things and looked for birds’ nests. I moved to Canada in my early 20s and now armed with binoculars and a new suite of living things, I have studied them ever since. I am challenged by birds for the most part, I view them as a nice balance of intellectual challenge and aesthetic appreciation. I don’t keep a life list or any other kind of list, but I keep field notes whenever I’m out; I just wish I could draw well too. This is me.