9th Most Common Bird at Winter Birdfeeders: High Park, October 23, 2020

For 34 years Birds Canada has organized a “FeederWatch” community which has recorded the birds at feeders from November through April throughout Canada.

#9 on last winter’s Ontario list is the Hairy Woodpecker:

Hairy Woodpecker (male)

The Hairy Woodpecker is #8 on the Atlantic Canada list, #6 on the Prairies list and #6 on the Quebec list.

Hairy Woodpecker (male)
Hairy Woodpecker (male)

Other birds:

Wood Duck (male)
Wood Ducks
Wood Duck (male)
Wood Ducks (male)
Wood Ducks (male)
Mute Swan
House Sparrows
Canada Goose
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet

Species list: mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, wood duck, red-tailed hawk, ring-billed gull, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, ruby-crowned kinglet, golden-crowned kinglet, European starling, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, white-throated sparrow, song sparrow. (22 species)

Park views on this morning which started with much fog:


Today’s group:

Some botany:

Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
Winged Euonymus (Euonymus alata)
Winged Euonymus (Euonymus alata)
Round-Headed Bush Clover (Lespedeza capitata)
Barberry (Berberis)
Maple-leaved Viburnum (Viburnum acerifolia)
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Arrow-leaved Aster (Symphyotrichum urophyllum)


The orange-tinted sassafras
With quaintest foliage strews the grass;
Witch-hazel shakes her gold curls out,
Mid the red maple’s flying rout.          – Lucy Larcom (1854–62)  

Miles Hearn

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