Category Archives: Bird Canada

Christmas Bird Count 2015: A Gabriola Photo Shoot

For my first post of 2016 I offer you a photo display of some of the birds seen on the 2015 Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Gabriola Island. The photos are by five Gabriola photographers – Shannon Gresham, Garry Davey, … Continue reading

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Notes From a NW Ont. Backyard – Jan. 2016

A belated Happy New Year to everyone!  Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. Parts of January have been brutally cold but so far, it hasn’t lasted more than a couple of days … highly unusual as normally, most … Continue reading

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Finches, Owls and Ptarmigans – birding Alberta in Winter

Winter 2015/16 has proven to a bumper ‘winter finch’ season, at least here in the Calgary area, where the redpolls, grosbeaks, siskins, crossbills, etc showing up in good numbers. I just love the colours of all these finches, so made … Continue reading

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T.O. BACKYARD – Raptor Mania

December 2015 started off rather interesting in our Toronto backyard.  We were still getting visits from Red-winged Blackbirds! I can only recall one other December in the near decade where we had such birds still visiting. We always call the … Continue reading

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What is it About Birds?

Birding is purported to be the fastest-growing “hobby” in North America. Apparently, one in five Canadians consider themselves birders (http://globalnews.ca/news/1978047/birding-hobby-soars-in-popularity-across-north-america/) and the 2009 US census states: “24 million Americans play basketball, 23 million baseball, and 9 million play American football — at … Continue reading

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Birding Calgary and area in late Fall

Visiting family and friends in Australia for the first time in 3 years is my excuse for not delivering my monthly post in November, but I’ll do my best to make up for that this month! So to catch up… … Continue reading

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T.O. BACKYARD – CRITTER XMAS TREE

Rob and I feed the birds year round, but even they get a few extra treats on Christmas Day. Since 2009 we’ve set up what we call the “Critter Christmas Tree” in our backyard. We don’t have a tree in … Continue reading

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The Battle to Outwit the Jays

My bird-feeding habits are seasonal. In the spring and summer I let most of the birds fend for themselves. Natural food abounds and I like them to eat the larva and bugs on the trees and bushes. It’s cheaper and … Continue reading

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Notes From a NW Ont. Backyard – November 2015

Another month has passed already and winter is right around the corner.  We had a really sloppy (for lack of a better term!) storm last week that brought some heavy rain in the morning before turning to wet, heavy, slushy … Continue reading

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Backyard and Slightly Beyond with the Muellers in October

With September ending off with our first Junco appearance to the backyard; I didn’t think we’d be getting Red-winged Blackbird appearances through the first 2 weeks of October.  Sure they were sporadic, like 1 among a flock of 100 or … Continue reading

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