Saturday, February 27, 2021

female Snow Bunting for Saturday Critters

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his winter I have spent many hours looking for Snow Buntings and this week I found two or three feeding along a roadside. When they saw me approach in my car they flew up onto the power lines alongside the road!
I am posting this morning to Eileen's Saturday Critters which can be found at viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.com

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Tree Sparrow for Saturday Critters!

 




Finally, a favorite little winter sparrow, A Tree Sparrow, arrived in Bird Alley this afternoon. there were several of them and now that they have found us, I am hoping that they will be daily visitors in Bird Alley! Tree sparrows have very distinctive markings which are easily seen the the pictures included here! The central breast spot , and the lower portion of the Tree Sparrows bi -coloured bill is yellow!

I am posting this morning to eileen's Saturday Critters weekly meme which can be found at:

viewringmaturewitheileen.blogspot.com.

Have a safe , healthy weekend everyone!

Saturday, January 23, 2021

A Chickadee for Saturday Critters



 We have many Chickadees visiting Bird Alley daily! and I seldom focus upon them for a photo, but today is their day! I am linking this morning to Eileen's Saturday Critters which can be found at viewingnaturewitheileen.com






Thursday, January 21, 2021

Bird Alley Winter Activity

 Watching the birds is a wonderful daily fascination for us. As the seasons change, so often does the bird species that visit and feed here. It is only during the winter months when we get to view Cardinals daily.


Chickadees are all season visitors. the Bluejays

seem to disappear during the summer months but they are here in full force daily during these cold winter days. Also we most often have Nuthatches daily, both the White-breasted and the Red-bellied





and the Red bellied. Woodpeckers seem to be quite scarce this winter, but we used to often have the Hairy Woodpecker

and its little look alike cousin, the Downy




almost daily during winters. We have not seen any Juncos this winter, which is surprising as often with a fresh sprinkling of snow we could predict the arrival of little Juncos.

This winter we have experienced visits from Common Redpolls

which seemed to be missing from Bird Alley during the past two winters. And I have a tendency to forget to mention American Goldfinch



which are not here daily but frequently. We have not seen any little`` finch cousins, the Pine Siskins yet this winter. And also missing is my favourite little northern sparrow, the Tree Sparrows. Last winter I saw a Tree Sparrow only once in Bird Alley and that was at the end of the winter or early spring. Starlings

are seen occasionally but not often. Crows

of course are daily visitors feeding on food scraps thrown in the driveway for them to feed on.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Female Cardinals

 We seldom see a female Cardinal in Bird Alley, however this last week a female cardinal visited on three days in a row. What a wonderful, beautiful sighting she was!





 


Saturday, January 16, 2021

A Cardinal and Bluejay for Saturday Critters


 These two birds are not feeder buddies and seldom perch this close together.  In Bird Alley they both are attracted to our Cardinal food which is full of blackoiled sunflower seeds.  The Cardinal is a loner and does not share the same feeding feeder with the many invading Bluejays however, on this one day my husband had placed food scraps in our driveway for the crows, and both the Cardinal and Bluejay were very interested as they watched together from our Tamarack tree. I am posting this morning to Eileen's Saturday Critters which can be found at  viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.com.

Have a wonderful safe and healthy weekend everyone!

Saturday, January 02, 2021

Common Redpolls for Saturday Critters

 Earlier this week we had Common Redpolls at our feeders.  this was a lovely surprise as we haven't seen Redpolls in Bird Alley that we can recall within the last two years! The first Redpolls were male with their lovely red breasts and red caps!






Then on another day we had females visiting. I am posting today to Eileen's Saturday Critters which can be found at
viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.com