5th Most Common Bird at Winter Birdfeeders: Bluffs, November 27, 2020

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

#5 on last winter’s Ontario list is the American Goldfinch:

American Goldfinch (female)
American Goldfinch (female)

The American Goldfinch  is also #2 on the Quebec list and #2 on the Atlantic Canada list.

Males are brightly coloured in warm months:

American Goldfinch (male)

Other birds:

Mallard (male)
Mallard (female)
American Black Duck with Mallards
Common Merganser (female)
Rock Pigeon
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gulls
Ring-billed Gull (juvenile)
Ring-billed Gull
American Tree Sparrow
Blue Jay
Northern Cardinal (male)
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Canada Goose with neck and foot bands
Fox Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Fox Sparrow

Species list: Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, bufflehead, common merganser, ring-billed gull, rock pigeon, hairy woodpecker, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco, fox sparrow, American tree sparrow.  (18 species)

Bluff scenes:

Beaver handiwork

Some botany:

Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Willow Pine Cone Gall
Autumn-olive (Elaeagnus umbellata)
Missouri Willow (Salix eriocephala)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Privet (Ligustrum obtusifolium)

Today’s group:


First Fall by Maggie Smith

I’m your guide here. In the evening-dark
morning streets, I point and name.
Look, the sycamores, their mottled,
paint-by-number bark. Look, the leaves
rusting and crisping at the edges.
I walk through Schiller Park with you
on my chest. Stars smolder well
into daylight. Look, the pond, the ducks,
the dogs paddling after their prized sticks.
Fall is when the only things you know
because I’ve named them
begin to end. Soon I’ll have another
season to offer you: frost soft
on the window and a porthole
sighed there, ice sleeving the bare
gray branches. The first time you see
something die, you won’t know it might
come back. I’m desperate for you
to love the world because I brought you here.

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “5th Most Common Bird at Winter Birdfeeders: Bluffs, November 27, 2020

  1. Pina

    I always enjoy looking at the bluffs.

    What a wonderful poem. Reminds me of taking a walk with the grand kids and looking for the signs of the particular seasons.


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