Spring birding and Stickers!

Spring has officially arrived after a long winter, but the weather is not very spring-like yet. in this part of Canada, nature is in charge, not the calendar! I haven’t been out birding lately because of school, practicing for our music festival, and a busy calving season, which has kept me busy.

A couple of days ago, I walked to our mail box about half a mile from our house where I was hoping a particular parcel would be waiting, and did some birding on the way. I saw a bunch of chickadees singing their Spring song, “hey sweetie”, one Downy Woodpecker, a number of Black-billed Magpies and House Sparrows, and a lone Canada Goose flying overhead. the new season is slowly but surely creeping in!

Some of the chickadee were shyer than others, but this one was very co-operative in letting me get close,

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The slough across the road from my house is still frozen solid, but in a couple of weeks it will be filled with thousands of geese,

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I found this nest, but I don’t know what species built it,

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Success at the mailbox! I was very excited to find my American Birding Association Bird of the Year stickers in the mail, and as usual and I immediately put them on my binoculars. This year, the Bird of the Year is the Rufous Hummingbird,

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8 thoughts on “Spring birding and Stickers!

  1. It’s not spring in Ottawa yet, either, though it’s finally now above 0C and I saw my first Red-winged Blackbird, Turkey Vulture and grackle today!

    Funny, I don’t think of chickadees as shy birds, since they fly up to me looking for handouts almost everywhere I go in Ottawa!

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