Friday, December 28, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
It was quite a surprise to look out our windows this morning and see this female Red-winged Blackbird at our feeders! We had seen a couple of Blackbirds in November but they were male and we had seen very few, if any, females at our feeders this fall. I wonder where its been ? We've had very cold, unseasonably low tempera -tures most of December; readings many mornings were at -26 degrees C!. However last night was a night of wind and rain and the temperature reading this morning was at +8 Celsius in our area. I guess it flew in, or blew in, from somewhere and I'm sure our warmer tempera -tures were a welcome relief for it. It hasn't stayed around. Perhaps its taking advantage of a super, wonderful day for flying and is now moving further south. With sunny skies and above zero temperatures we will be experiencing a semi-green Christmas this year as green grass is now showing on a major portion of lawn.
I would like to wish all Season's Greetings and Happy Holidays!
Posted by me ann my camera at 2:28 PM
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Common Redpolls have been slow coming to our feeder area this year. Then the other day I realized probably a very good reason for that was I hadn't been providing any Nyjer seed to attract them. So off to the the feed store to buy some and while there I saw a mesh sock feeder and decided to try one of those. After hanging it; a few days later a couple of Redpolls showed up and yesterday I had four feeding from it. I noticed though that when Blue Jays flew near that part of our feeder area the Redpolls flew off and perched in branches until the Blue Jay flurry was gone. We have a lot of bigger bird activity this winter with lots of Pine Grosbeaks, Evening Grosbeaks, Blue Jays, two or three Hairy Wood- peckers and the occasional Starling dropping by also. I try to rearrange my feeders so that the bigger birds are concentrated in one part and the little birds in another but that is quite difficult to achieve as I only have so much space and we attracts a lot of birds some days.
Posted by me ann my camera at 7:06 AM
Friday, December 21, 2007
Posted by me ann my camera at 6:22 AM
Thursday, December 20, 2007
If I had to give an award to the species with the most surprising attendance at our feeders this late fall/ pre-winter season it would be to Pine Grosbeaks, more specifically to the male Pine Grosbeak. They are here every day in numbers of 10 or so, more or less. We have had Pine Grosbeaks other seasons but never this many males. In fact some years I hardly got a glimpse of one, and some years none, but they are lingering on this year. It used to be that as soon as all the berries from our High Bush Cranberry Trees were gone, so were the grosbeaks. This is wonderful to be able to look out my window and lesiurely take pictures of these handsome, gentle appearing birds every day.
Posted by me ann my camera at 6:37 AM
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
I found some Snow Buntings (aka: Snowbirds) yesterday feeding along the roadside. The problem being though is that they seemed to keep the same distance from me and my car. I moved a little closer, they moved a little further away. However, I'm going back to same location this morning for with a big winter storm looming on the horizon perhaps they are gathering their roadside seeds while they may. [shades of Robert Herrick] . With lesser traffic on a Sunday maybe I will be able to sit stationary for a while and they might come a little closer to me. That is if I can find them again!
Also maybe I can get a view of the male Pheasant that others have reported having seen within the village.
Posted by me ann my camera at 9:08 AM
Saturday, December 15, 2007
If it has a brownish- rusty crown, a bicoloured bill with yellow on the lower part, and it has a dark spot on the middle of its unstreaked breast; then you are looking at an American Tree Sparrow. These little sparrows of the north migrate from their sub-arctic breeding grounds in Northern Canada and Alaska to winter in our regions as well as areas further south. These little sparrows are daily visitors to our feeder area.
Posted by me ann my camera at 7:34 AM
Friday, December 14, 2007
This male Northern Cardinal is a frequent visitor; perhaps even visiting every day but as its visits are often quite brief, some days I am sure I miss sighting him. He seems to be more secure now in his surroundings and appears confident when he visibly alights upon a tree branch in full view of our windows upon his arrival. Previously when it first starting coming to our feeders it would hang around the base of the Cranberry Trees in the back portion of our feeder area.
Posted by me ann my camera at 7:19 AM
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
At first glance you might think that this European Starling is in the act of flying towards the suet feeder; but a click on the photo to enlarge it will reveal that its feet are actually clinging to branches as it flutters it wings to maintain balance while feeding on the bird suet in the wire cage. We have not had many Starlings at our feeder area this year but when placing the suet feeder in our trees this week it didn't take long for these two to arrive.
Seen in the composite photo above, created through the use of photo editing, the Starling's winter plumage of white-dotted feather tips on its black, glossy feathers is outstanding.
Posted by me ann my camera at 7:46 AM
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Posted by me ann my camera at 8:08 AM
Sunday, December 09, 2007
This handsome little finch, a male Common Redpoll, made its appearance at our feeders on Thursday of this week. Common Redpolls summer in the sub-Arctic regions of Canada but winter further south; in our region and on down to the northern U.S. The male is easily indentified as it has a rosy pink colouring across its chest while the female has little, or no red, except on its crown. Some years Redpolls are plentiful, however we had no Redpoll sightings at our feeders last year, and this is only my second Repoll sighting of this season. Hopefully I will have many more opportunites to photograph Common Redpoll as the winter progresses.
Posted by me ann my camera at 9:17 AM
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
One of the least pleasant chores of maintaining feeders during the winter is having to get out early mornings after a storm to clear away the
snow and replenish the feeders; for there are always waiting birds. It didn't take long this morning for a large flock of Evening Grosbeaks to descend upon our feeder area as soon as I had cleared away one of their favourite feeding stations.
Posted by me ann my camera at 10:27 AM