Most Common Bird at Winter Birdfeeders: Col Danforth Park December 2020

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

#1 on last winter’s Ontario list is the Black-capped Chickadee:

Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee in Sea-buckthorn: Humber Bay

The Black-capped Chickadee is common on winter lists in all regions of Canada.

it is #1 on the Atlantic Canada list, #1 on the Quebec list, #1 on the Prairies list and #6 on the British Columbia list.

During this dark, lightly raining morning at Col Danforth Park, one Chickadee was the only bird I encountered.

Park views:

Some botany:

Manitoba Maple (Acer Negundo)
Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
Alternate-leaved Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
White Pine (Pinus strobus)
White Pine (Pinus strobus)
Winged Euonymus (Euonymus alata)
Winged Euonymus (Euonymus alata)
Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
Barberry (Berberis vulgaris)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)


The woods are lovely, dark and deep,   
But I have promises to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep. – Robert Frost

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Most Common Bird at Winter Birdfeeders: Col Danforth Park December 2020

  1. Mary Rose Cowan

    As I read your post today it dawned on me how as a solitary observer trekking through the hills and valleys of the earth that you are never really alone. Everywhere you look there are friends greeting you at every turn. A bird, a leaf, a song, a call, an insect, a bubbling stream, flower, budding tree, the sky. Such magnificent companions, and such generous awareness and sharing amongst all. Thank you for sharing your
    irrepressible joy with us. Merry Christmas
    Miles Hearn!


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