Spring, where are you?

Here in New Brunswick, I can’t properly describe how much snow we have. Prince Edward Island has it worse however, and many of the pictures & videos my father in-law keeps sending us don’t even seem like they could be real.

Although it has been great to have such a nice variety of winter finches around, I would certainly welcome even just one sign of Spring!

If you find yourself stuck inside, take some time to check out the following links. The first two are for photo contests and the last is a great hawk quiz. I entered both contests and spent some time figuring out the birds of prey in each of the five videos. The photo contests are going to be for photos taken each month and need to be in New Brunswick. There will be a grand prize for the photo of the year and so far, it has been a great way for birders to beat the winter blues!





Here is what I have been seeing around over these past few weeks;



Horned Lark – if you’re driving out in the country, be sure to check the sides of the roads for small flocks of this species. There was a flock of 11 just outside of town (Woodstock) a few weeks ago.





Pine Grosbeaks – I could easily find this species every day in January & February if I really wanted to. There are small flocks in different parts of town (Woodstock) and often six or seven stay in my neighbor’s tree. I finally had a bright adult male after many weeks of females and juveniles.



Bohemian Waxwings – another species that I could see everyday but in much larger numbers. One day this month there were well over one hundred flying over my house.



Pine Siskin – the past few winters I can pick only one or two with the flocks of American Goldfinches or Common Redpolls. This winter I have often had just as many or more Pine Siskins compared to the other two abundant winter finches.



White-throated Sparrow – after every snowstorm I dig out some snow from under my hedge and throw out some millet and nyger seed. For about two straight weeks this month, I had this visitor in my yard.


Not too many species to report for rarities this month. I have found 51 species in Carleton County so far this year. If it would stop snowing and if I had some extra spare time, I probably could find another four or five species but not too many more than that really. Next week I hope to get down to the Bay of Fundy and check another ten or more species of my year list. Some I might never see in this part of the province, but others will come up this way eventually. Hopefully I can find a nice variety and if I do, that will be what my post will be about for next month.


Until next time,

Nathan Staples




About Nathan Staples

I am a public school teacher who has always lived in New Brunswick. My wife and I have three boys who love to watch birds nearly as much as I do. We currently live in the province's oldest town, Woodstock.
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2 Responses to Spring, where are you?

  1. Thanks for your comment Jocelyne! I live in New Brunswick’s oldest town, Woodstock.

  2. jocelyne marchand says:

    nice photos. I would be usefull when you refer to ”here in town” if you told us the name of the town you are referring to . . .