Wild Turkey

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.

Brownheaded Cowbirds

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.

Gray Jay or Whiskey Jack

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.     

Grackles

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.