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