Finches of the Boreal Forest

No, unfortunately I haven’t been travelling to the boreal forest. This is a guest post from Janet Plante, who lives in the boreal and will be writing monthly blog posts for Bird Canada. Some of the birds she regularly gets on her property throughout the year will make southern bird watchers drool.

We live in a rural area in northwestern Alberta. To the north within a mile or two is a river valley and to the south as far as a bird can fly is boreal forest with very little if any civilization. In fact, if you flew far enough to the west you would end up in the Rocky Mountains.

All year we are entertained by chickadees, woodpeckers, blue jays and nuthatches and for the last year or so we have been blessed with a very large finch family. From the eating frenzy in the winter of the Pine Siskens and Common Redpolls to the occasional and very welcome visits of the Pine Grosbeak we marvel at these colorful birds.

This past summer a flock of Evening Grosbeaks took up residence and we were able to watch the family grow throughout the summer. Observing papa feed a young one almost as big as himself was a real treat.

While the presence of a a Blue Jay would send all of the birds scattering, the Evening Grosbeaks didn’t seem to mind sharing the food and location with their finch cousins, the Purple Finches and the Pine Siskins.

And sometimes we get even more colourful visitors!

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7 Responses to Finches of the Boreal Forest

  1. Pat says:

    Come on up in the summer. Temps are usually around 85-90F then, and birds abound!

  2. Ha! You were totally right, these birds do make me drool. These were beautiful images, and half of the birds pictured here are not on my Life List. I don’t know if I could handle the cold, but I’d make a serious go of it to share in the fluid birding beauty y’all experience up North. Thanks for taking the time to post.

  3. Beautiful pictures! Watching the birds is a favorite pastime of mine.

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  5. What gorgeous, colorful birds! Thanks for sharing these with your faithful readers. 🙂

  6. Carol says:

    Lovely photos…!!!

  7. Beautiful songbirds, love the grosbeaks!