Most of the activity that attracts my attention during these winter months takes place at the bird feeders; either those in my own yard or feeders that are in the yards of friends who have shared their sightings through social media or birding sights. However, those sightings reported by others can some times be hit or miss. Most recently, we have had reports in Stratford of a Field Sparrow, a Northern Cardinal and a Pine Warbler. Many people have seen these birds but I have had no luck.
On the other hand, at home the feeder has been fairly active with some of the winter finches as well as most of our common winter residents. We have had regular visits by Pine Siskins, Common Redpolls and American Goldfinch as well as Black-capped Chickadees, Blue Jays, Dark-eyed Juncos, American Crows and even Common Ravens (not normally a feeder bird).
Pine Siskins & American Goldfinch
For those interested in feeder birds, we have arranged and are participating in two events. The first we are participating in is the Winter Woodlot Tour, which was postponed to Saturday, Feb. 14 at Brookvale Nordic Centre. The second is a Charlottetown and Area Feeder Tour that will take place Feb. 15.
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Text and Photos by REArvidson
Ron Arvidson is an Artist and Teacher as well as an avid Birder. Ron is also an Administrator for Birding on PEI.