Yellow Bird Solved and Bear Cubs

I solved the mystery yellow bird from yesterday – just by taking another walk and getting pictures of him again.

On yesterday’s pictures, I kept looking at the top of his breast and thinking that there was a little tinge of red – but that didn’t seem to fit any of the little warblers.  On today’s pictures, this is obviously little red streaks, which points to the Yellow Warbler.  🙂

Years ago, when my parents had a cottage at Grand Marais, Yellow Warblers were very common in the yard and surrounding area and if I had seen the streaks, I would have recognized him.  The bright sun must have hidden the red streaks, but they are visible on today’s ones.  He showed me his back this time too.

Yellow Warbler June 22
Yellow Warbler June 22
Yellow Warbler June 22
Yellow Warbler June 22
Yellow Warbler June 22
Yellow Warbler June 22
Yellow Warbler June 22
Yellow Warbler June 22

He caught himself a little snack in this picture, but unfortunately, the branch above him is more in focus than the warbler and the snack.

I made a quick trip to the Assiniboine Park Zoo today and was surprised to see a little Black Bear Cub.  I was afraid they would now have another cub to dump out in the wilderness, but this one has too many medical problems for them to release.

I had been under the impression that it was the zoo making the decisions about the bear cubs – but it is the Manitoba Government – Manitoba Conservation to be exact.  The zoo officials and especially the zoo employees are as upset and frustrated about the bear cub situation as the rest of us are –  even more so, since they had a chance to get to know the babies.  What makes it worse is that the employees are being harassed by people who mistakenly think they had something to do with this.  It is a very sad situation all around.

There is an online petition trying to get the government to go back and trap the cubs and take them to a sanctuary – but realistically, that will not happen.  There were thousands of digital signatures on the first petition and it had no affect.  We will never know how long those two cubs will survive.

So far on Africam today, we have seen African Harrier Hawk, Elephant, Nyala, Grey Heron, Kudu, Salome and her cubs, Black Eagle and chick, Helmeted Guinea Fowl and Lions.  Click here to see all of today’s pictures.