8th Most Common Bird at Winter Birdfeeders: Thomson Park, October 26, 2020

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

#8 on last winter’s Ontario list is the White-breasted Nuthatch:

White-breasted Nuthatch

The White-breasted Nuthatch is #5 on the Prairies list and #9 on the Quebec list.

White-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch

Other birds on this day:

Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Northern Cardinal (female)
Mallard (female)

Species list: mallard, Cooper’s hawk, ring-billed gull, belted kingfisher, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, American crow, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, ruby-crowned kinglet, house sparrow, northern cardinal, dark-eyed junco, American goldfinch, American tree sparrow. (18 species)

Some botany:

Bradford Pear tree
Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Spindletree (Euonymus europaea)
Spindletree (Euonymus europaea)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Cat-tail (Rhus)
Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)
Butternut (Juglans cinerea)
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Hackberry Leaf Gall
Oak Leaf Gall
Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea)
Great Burdock (Arctium lappa)

Area views:

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Sexton’s house
19th-century farm house
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Cemetery
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Today’s group:


O suns and skies and flowers of June,
Count all your boasts together,
Love loveth best of all the year
October’s bright blue weather.         – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830–85) 

Miles Hearn

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