It is the time of year when birding on the Island slows down. It seems that most of the birds that we are all looking for have left the province – warblers, song birds and shorebirds. But there are other birds that are here these days garnering our attention. We have had reports of Snowy Owls, Snow Buntings and Bohemian Waxwings. Finches that normally would be found much further north are in the province now. As well, we are getting reports of birds that are not typically found in the province. Recently we have heard of Red-bellied Woodpeckers, a couple of Northern Cardinals, a Field Sparrow and a Pine Warbler. Who knows what we might add to our Winter Bird list.
Keeping most of us active are those birds that are coming to our feeders. We are seeing some of the regulars, like Blue Jays, American Crows, Dark-eyed Juncos and Black-capped Chickadees. Finches are adding to the interest and providing some colour. Those include American Goldfinch, Common Redpolls and the feisty little Pine Siskins.
Of course, it is always worthwhile to check our areas of open water for waterfowl. These days it is likely we will see Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser and Greater Scaup but with luck, who knows, you might find Barrow’s Goldeneye, Harlequin Ducks or Purple Sandpiper.
To keep people interested, we are trying to keep our Winter Bird List up to date. As well we are creating events such Winter Feeder tour of Charlottetown and Area and participating in the Winter Woodlot Tour 2015.