Birds in Winter

Unlike last year, it has been snowing almost every day since the middle of October and there will definitely be a white Christmas this year, barring any sudden heat wave. Last year’s Christmas was brown, which was disappointing and not very Christmassy .

I haven’t been birding as much as I’d like (in part because it’s safer not to go out in November during hunting season), but I’m enjoying the birds at my feeders. A few weeks ago a male Downy Woodpecker started coming to the feeders, a flock of about 10 Black-capped Chickadees visit regularly everyday, and one House Sparrow comes too. I’m still waiting for the redpolls, but they usually come in January.

Our local Christmas Bird Count is on Saturday and I hope to see some good species just as my team did last year. If you haven’t signed up for a Christmas Bird Count in your area yet, you should! It’s lots of fun, and you are contributing to science.

Downy Woodpecker in my grandparents’ yard,

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Red-breasted Nuthatch at my grandparents’,

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A Common Redpoll at my grandparents’ yard,

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This last picture is probably one of the worst photos I’ve ever taken. I don’t have very good luck when it comes to seeing and photographing owls, so I thought I would post it anyway.

A Short-eared Owl,

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4 thoughts on “Birds in Winter

  1. Wonderful photographs – even the owl shot Charlotte – how amazing to see that wonderful snow, we have so little here in Central Ontario… the redpolls have been at my feeders for the first time ever in bunches. So they’ll be heading your way! Love the little red-breasted nuthatch – that’s a great shot!

  2. Hi Charlotte! It’s nice to see all that snow; we hardly have any here in Ottawa. Yes, this time of the year it’s safer to go birding in conservation areas within the city or “car-birding” in agricultural areas rather than birding out in the woods where the hunters are. :(

    I’m jealous of your Short-eared Owl; the only ones I’ve seen have been at Amherst Island several years ago.

    Hope you see lots of good birds on the CBC!

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