Birding

SURPRISE!!!

Posted by Jane N on

Surprise!!! My friend Beth told me I just had to come over to her house for a visit so she could show me the trick she had taught the House Sparrows that frequent her yard. I was like "What?!?? Are you talking about??" She tells me she has taught the Sparrows to do a special disguise trick with feathers. Ok I'm intrigued I've got to see what this is all about! I arrive at her house and she brings out a bag full of clean white only downy feathers. She heads out to the back yard and piles a couple...

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Flying Cigar!

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Flying Cigar!

Flying Cigar! I met up with Beth this past Wednesday to do some birding. She has been seeing Chimney Swifts flying over the old mill buildings across from where she works and some have been seen at her church circling the bell tower. I was anxious to see some for myself. Because of the loss of habitat the Swifts were becoming rare, they need tall stone or brick chimneys to nest in. And as old mill buildings are torn down for new developments the Chimney Swift population has declined. First we drove to the church to see what we could...

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Heed the warning given!

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Heed the warning given!

      Here is a story from my birding friend. She did the right thing by backing away and heeding the warning the Bald Eagle gave her.  Bald Eagle's Nest On a trip to Prince Edwards Island, Canada in June 2018, I was fortunate enough to have several sightings of a pair of Bald Eagles. My cabin is on the Northumberland Strait shore so there is good fishing for Eagles near by. The first day I was there, I saw 2 resting in trees along the shore. The next day, I saw one being harassed by Grackles on the...

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Knock knock whose there?

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Knock knock whose there?

  Here is a story from a friend of mine about her birding adventures, she got a lucky sighting!    Hard to find woodpecker turns out to be not that hard!I have a cabin on Prince Edwards Island so I am fortunate to be able to visit the lovely island every year. I love to birdwatch there. In June 2018, I got to spend a lot of time out bird watching. I have the habit of stopping in the Provincial Tourist Information Centers to ask if they know of any good birding areas. The smaller Information Centers are manned by...

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Persistent Bachelor

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Persistent Bachelor

  Persistent Bachelor For the past few weeks we have had a male House Wren in our yard. We don't usually have House Wrens around so at first it was nice to hear his constant singing for a mate. I have some bird houses that my daughter made for me hanging in the cedar tree just outside the back door and from the kitchen window I watched as the Wren would fly onto the bird house and sing and sing. Then he began to land on the bird house with a piece of grass or a small stick in his...

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