More for the Tofield Snow Goose Chase

Last November, the head co-ordinator for the Tofield Snow Goose Chase contacted Bird Studies Canada to ask if BSC could send some pamphlets and posters for the Young Naturalists’ table which I’ll be manning. Elaine at BSC said yes, and said she would planning to send the materials to me in March.

Well, earlier this week I picked up a very heavy box from the post office and it was full of great brochures for Project FeederWatch (for western Canada), the latest issue of BirdWatch, a Project FeederWatch poster, and a brochures about Bird Studies Canada.

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This poster is the one I received at the start of the FeederWatch season. I have my copy tacked up on my bedroom wall,

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A big thank you to Elaine and BSC for sending along all the materials to share with young naturalists at the Snow Goose Chase next month!

Spring Poll Results

Thank you very much to everyone who voted on my Spring Poll.

The results are in (below), and the Favorite Spring Bird is the Tree Swallow!

Tree Swallow: 18 votes

Horned Lark: 9 votes

Canada Goose: 3 votes

Other votes: 4 vote for the American Robin, 3 votes for the Mountain Bluebird, 3 votes for the Meadowlark, 3 votes for the Red-winged Blackbird, 2 votes for the Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 1 vote for the Western Meadowlark, 1 vote for the Blackburnian Warbler, 1 vote for the Eurasian Wigeon, 1 vote for the Wood Duck, 1 vote for Long-billed Curlew, 1 vote for the Northern Flicker, 1 vote for the Swainson’s Hawk, 1 vote for the Mississippi Kite, 1 vote for the House Finch, 1 vote for the Merlin, 1 vote for the Red Knot, 1 vote for the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1 vote for the Hummingbird, 1 vote for the Goldfinch, and 1 vote for the gull. There were even two votes for extinct species: the Great Auk and the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

I hope you have a chance this winter to see your favorite spring bird at least once!

Thanks very much to all who voted and played along with my spring game!

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Bird Houses to Help People Houses

This year I’m the hiking project leader in our 4H Outdoor Club, and on Saturday all of the club members came out to our farm to build bird houses for our community service project. We’re donating the boxes to the local Habitat for Humanity to use as part of their spring fundraiser.

We built the boxes in our shop as it was -12 Celsius outside. We made 45 houses, enough for Habitat for Humanity and also for nine members to take bird houses home to put up. I spoke on the care, placement, and maintenance of birdhouses and what birds might be expected to occupy them (Tree Swallows, Mountain Bluebirds, House Wrens).

With a little bit of luck, there will be some new houses, big and small, around here.

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Birding News #10

:: Rare Bird Alert in Canada: A Common Chaffinch (Code 4) has been found in Corner Brook, Newfoundland

:: Are birds able to avoid becoming roadkill?

:: Is finding an owl in the basement a sign of Spring?

:: Many species are now making a comeback after thousands of rats invaded a southern California island 10 years ago

:: Birdseye Smartphone Apps is having a photo contest

:: Buzzfeed on the problem of maintaining privacy for birds in a digital age: “Putting out an owl alert to a listserve of local birders would be like tipping off the paparazzi that Lindsay Lohan is leaving a nightclub with no underwear.”

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

:: From Alex at Nemesis Bird: Photo Study: Gray Jay at Algonquin Provincial Park

:: From David at A Calgary Birder: Weekend at Bluetail’s

:: From Rob, beat writer, at Birding Is Fun: An Unexpected Saw-Whet 

:: From Mia at On the Wing PhotographyLoggerhead Shrikes they are MIA

:: From Ken at Rosyfinch Ramblings: A Knot in Tigertail 

A Spring Poll 2013

To celebrate the Equinox and first day of Spring today, I have a poll!

Vote for your favorite Spring bird by the evening of Wednesday, March 27th, and I will post the results on Thursday, March 28th. Thank you!

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Birding News #9

:: Rare Bird Alert in Canada: A Gray Heron (Code 5) has been found at Little Heart’s Ease, Newfoundland

:: Scientists are discussing whether Passenger Pigeons can be brought back from extinction through genetic technology

:: Noise pollution is affecting how birds communicate

:: Bird droppings are crystals

:: The warming climate is affecting the Arctic seasons

:: You can see some of John James Audubon’s original paintings at the New York Historical Society until May 19, 2013

:: Some birds that lived 130 million years ago flew with four wings

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

:: From Jennie at The Eyrie (the ABA’s young birder blog): Announcing the 2013 Young Birders of the Year!

:: From Sharon at Birdchick: The latest Birdchick Podcast

:: From 10,000 Birds: I and the Bird: What is a Heron?

:: From Mia at On the Wing Photography: Weird Canada Geese behavior and a Red-tailed Hawk building a nest

:: From Gyorgy at SzimiStyle BirdingWalking among Red-breasted Geese

:: From Kathie at Kathie’s BirdsBullock’s Oriole and Lizard Weather