Backyard Birds – January 18-24

Just a quick backyard feeder update for the week – not much change in the number or kinds of birds visiting the feeders. We’re still getting both a male and female Downy Woodpecker regularly and the Ruby-crowned Kinglet makes appearances daily to visit the suet feeder. The single White-crowned Sparrow has been joined by at least one other adult and …

Backyard Birds – January 11-17

The challenging to photograph Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) demonstrating how to place the shadow of a twig between camera and bird. Had Bushtits (Psaltriparus minimus) visit our suet feeder twice this week – we’ve had them moving through in a flock once a week in the earlier part of the fall and winter but hadn’t seen them for at least a …

Backyard Birds – January 4-10

The action at the feeders this week has been interesting. I’ve noticed a significant increase in the number of Pine Siskins visiting the feeders (at one point we had over 80 Siskins at the feeder, on the ground beneath the feeder, and in the trees around our patio). American Goldfinch continue to show up in good numbers with around 15 …

Backyard Birds – December 28 – January 3

Some new additions to the regulars at the feeders this week. Late last week we had a few Pine Siskins and a couple of American Goldfinches at the feeders. I added a tube feeder with black oil sunflower seeds and some niger seeds and that brought in the finches. We’ve had over 40 Pine Siskins and close to a dozen …

Backyard Birds – December 14 – 20

Chestnut-backed Chickadee (Poecile rufescens), a regular visitor to our suet feeders. A bit of a roller coaster of a week as the Mourning Dove failed to make an appearance on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and we figured that one of the neighbours’ cats had finally killed it. Fortunately, I spotted the dove yesterday morning so it is still alive. Unfortunately …

Backyard Birds – December 7 – 13

Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) – a regular at the feeders. It’s been a weird week with some periods that were very birdy and stretches that were relatively quiet. The weather has become a little milder towards the latter part of the week and that may be making a bit of a difference with bird activity. The good news is that …

Backyard Birds – November 30-December 6

One of the regulars, a male Downy Woodpecker, visits the suet feeder. It’s been a quiet week at the feeders this week with the total number of birds visiting way down. Might be related to the clear, cold weather of the past week with temperatures close to or below 0° C in the early part of the day. My official …

Backyard Birds – November 23-29

We’ve added another feeder to the mix this week with bird seed and sunflower seed to replace our back alley row of sunflowers that have finally headed to the city’s yard waste composting facility. The feeder is proving popular with both the sparrows and one of our neighbour’s 8(!?!)+ cats. As a result, it looks like we may have to …

Backyard Birds – November 16-22

As part of Project FeederWatch, I’m keeping an eye on our feeders two days out of the week to help scientists track winter bird activity, abundance and diversity. It’s a great way to spend an hour or two drinking coffee and peering out into the rain. I’ve also decided to start a yard list of all the birds that visit …