Hello again! I hope you’re enjoying spring migration. It seems to be a little slower than normal up here but this month, we’re finally seeing a few migrants moving through.
In late April, I was thrilled to see a flock of Rusty Blackbirds in my yard. They stayed for just a couple of days and then moved on. Some years I see them, some years I don’t. These lovely blackbirds are seriously declining but a cause has not yet been found. Hopefully, I’ll see them again during Fall migration.
Another beautiful blackbird visited a few times this spring – a stunning male Yellow-Headed Blackbird was in my yard at least 3 times. This mostly western blackbird is being seen in this region almost every year now.
An assortment of Sparrows have been around including White Crowned (below), White Throated, American Tree and Chipping Sparrows.
A single Mourning Dove visited the yard for about a week. I normally only see 2 or 3 Doves in a season.
Northern Flickers have been exceptionally busy … and noisy! … lately. Hammering on everything in sight to be as loud as possible and calling, calling, calling! At one point, there were 4 Flickers in my area …. there was no mistaking that!
Goldfinches are always late arrivals and this fellow didn’t show up until last week. He was here again today but so far, I’ve only seen the one.
Juncos and Purple Finches will nest here. I’m always hopeful to see the young of both.
On a trip out to our camp last week, we came across quite a few of these handsome fellows: Spruce Grouse. I don’t often see them but we saw 5 that day.
A couple of days ago, I received a phone call from a friend telling me that there was a Swan on our local lake. I ran around a bit trying to track it down but could only ever see a white dot on the other side of the lake. I stopped at another friend’s house where there is a lovely dock and we watched it for a while. After about 20 minutes, we suddenly realized that the Swan, a Trumpeter, was slowly swimming right toward us. Surprising since there were 3 good size, rowdy dogs playing in the water! The curious Swan swam up to within 30 feet of shore and honked at the dogs. We had beautiful viewings of it from the dock.
On a recent trip out of town, my husband and I had some nice sightings of wildlife.
One evening last week, we had our season’s first thunderstorm and this beautiful rainbow (was actually a double) was the result.
I have my annual Great Canadian Birdathon coming up this weekend. I’ve raised $820 this year, my best ever. Thank you sooo much to those who have donated. If you would like to donate to my birdathon, it’s not too late! Follow this link to make a pledge and again ….. thank you!
On May 28th & 29th, we’ll be in Dorion, ON., for their annual Dorion’s Canyon Country Birding Festival . It’s the highlight of my spring! Professional birders & guides lead us through a day and a half of hiking around Dorion & Nipigon, Ont. birding hotspots. In that time, we normally tally over 120 species. Great fun!
Well, that’s it for this month. Thanks so much for reading and …….. Happy Sightings!