7th Most Common Bird at Winter Birdfeeders: Marie Curtis Park, October 31, 2020

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

#7 on last winter’s Ontario list is the Northern Cardinal:

Northern Cardinal (male)
Northern Cardinal (female)

The Northern Cardinal is also #7 on the Quebec list.

Northern cardinal (male)
Northern Cardinal (female)

This morning’s walk began in a temperature of -3 degrees.

Park views:

After yesterday’s “affectionate ravens”, I came across these “kissing” Sugar Maples:

Sugar Maple lovers kissing into perpetuity

Some botany:

Ash flower gall mite damage
Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)
Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
Witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
Red Maple (Acer rubra)
Rattlesnake Root (Prenanthes alba)
Blackberry (Prunus)
Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata)
Zigzag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)
Sugar Maple leaves
Hedge-parsley (Torilis japonica)
Calico Aster (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum)
frosty goldenrod
frosty Purple-flowering Raspberry leaf
Greenbrier (Smilax rotundifolia)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

Other birds from this morning:

Mallard (female)
Mallard (female)
Canada Geese
American Tree Sparrow
European Starling
Mourning Dove

Species list:  Canada goose, mallard, red-tailed hawk, Cooper’s hawk, ring-billed gull, mourning dove, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, blue jay, common raven, American crow, black-capped chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, white-breasted nuthatch, golden-crowned kinglet, American robin, European starling, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, American tree sparrow, song sparrow. (23 species)


Fresh October brings the pheasant;
Then to gather nuts is pleasant.      – Sara Coleridge (1802–52)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “7th Most Common Bird at Winter Birdfeeders: Marie Curtis Park, October 31, 2020

  1. Brian Whitefield

    Superb shots Miles of one of my fave parks and bringing in Witch Hazel for Halloween deserves extra points!


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