Wetlands with lots of shrubs or fallen trees make great bug habitat, and where there are bugs you will also find Warblers. This Yellow was busy searching out snacks in the spring flood.
In the country you never know what is going to come strolling thru your yard … this youngster seems to have become separated from it’s flock and has come by the feeder three days in a row now. Maybe we have a new fowl on the farm.
The largest of the sparrows, this one was a nice reddish brown with a lovely song.
Wow these birds are the kings of song, with 3000 distinct songs, they win. This one was just moving through and stopped in the yard during a rain storm, I was lucky to see it.
I am sure some birds detect the focus beam on my camera, he didn’t even look my way until the focus was prompted… then he looked straight at the camera.
Cowbirds are brood parasites. They deposit their eggs in nests belonging to birds of other species. Some of the birds they parasitize remove the eggs from their nests or cover them with new nesting material so they are not incubated.
They do like to be around large animals such as cows so they can eat bugs caused by the herd disturbing the ground.
Known for it’s song, the song sparrow is hard to imitate even for the Mocking Birds … found just about everywhere except in front of my camera… finally have a photo of one!
These are one of my favourite birds, easily trained to come for food, they are a delight to hand feed. They don’t migrate and stay in their territory year round. They manage to do this by storing enough food in bark and crevices to be able to feed all winter. The young have an early start, hatching mid winter, hardy as can be, true Canadians. Canadian Geographic conducted a survey and found out that this bird was voted most suitable to be our national bird and it was nominated.
Such a common bird, I can’t get over how the light reflects such beautiful colours. These early birds were digging through the leaves looking for bugs or worms, they seemed to have some success even though the ground is fairly frozen still.
Little Finche’s that arrive in busy flocks and vanish just as quickly!
Another bird drawn in for an easy meal below the feeders, waiting patiently in the icy branches.