3rd Most Common Bird at Winter Birdfeeders at rainy Marie Curtis Park: Nov. 30, 2020

This morning was my 77th and final walk of the autumn, and the first which was done entirely in fairly heavy rain.

Despite the wet conditions, a good-sized group came out:

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

#3 on last winter’s Ontario list is the Blue Jay:

Blue Jay
Blue Jay

The Blue Jay is common on winter lists in all regions of Canada except for British Columbia where it is replaced by the Stellers’s Jay.

Steller’s Jay (photo: birdguides.com)

The Blue Jay is #4 on the Atlantic Canada list, #5 on the Quebec list and #3 on the Prairies list.

Other birds:

Red-tailed hawk

Species list:  mallard, red-breasted merganser, hooded merganser, red-tailed hawk, ring-billed gull, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, cedar waxwing, American robin, house sparrow, northern cardinal. (13 species)

Some botany:

Teasle (Dipsacus fullonum)
Teasle (Dipsacus fullonum)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Hedge Parsley (Torilis japonica)
Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)
Beggar-ticks (Bidens frondosa)
Silver Maple (Acer saccharinum)
Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)
mostly Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
White Pine (Pinus strobus)
Sweetbrier (Rosa rubiginosa)


There is a time for everything. Look,

just this morning a vulture

nodded his red, grizzled head at me,

and I looked at him, admiring

the sickle of his beak.

Then the wind kicked up, and,

after arranging that good suit of feathers

he up and took off. – Ross Gay

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “3rd Most Common Bird at Winter Birdfeeders at rainy Marie Curtis Park: Nov. 30, 2020

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Wow, people showed up in that rain! My dog refused to go any further than around the corner (he won’t do his business anywhere but outside)!


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