Saturday, April 17, 2010

April 16, 2010 Lots of feeder activity!

The backyard and feeders were alive with activity today. Lots of Dark-eyed Junco moving through the area along with White-throated Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow and a few American Tree sparrow. The highlight of the morning was a flock of 14 Evening Grosbeak activity feeding on the maple keys of one of our Manitoba Maples. After a while a few visited the sunflower feeder and we have excellent views! The Evening Grosbeak was a regular winter visitor in large numbers back in the late 60's, 70's, and into the 80's. It wasn't unusual to have 50-100 birds at your feeder during the winter months. It is now an erratic visitor and in small numbers.

American Goldfinch are now moulting into their summer plumage.

The White-throated Sparrow is a spring favorite for many feeder watchers.

Once a common sight in eastern Ontario during the winter months, the Evening Grosbeak is now erratic and a treat to have at your feeder!

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