Winter Birdfeeder Northeastern Ontario: Gert Trudel

I got this letter from Gowganda which is over 600 km from Toronto. I visit there occasionally in the month of June while doing Breeding Bird Surveys. I recently asked if they are still feeding the birds.

Hi Miles.

Yes I am…Paul says he is going to go broke! Have used about 450-500 $ of Sunflower…not counting nyger or hulled seeds..or peanuts since Dec 3rd!

I have lots of Pine Grosbeaks. The numbers change depending on weather.

Pine Grosbeak (photo: Audubon Field Guide)

 Black -capped Chickadees are plentiful this year…counted 13 in lilac tree at one time but that was only at side of house at one feeding station.

HUGE numbers of Red-breasted Nuthatchesall over town . Almost Every time and I mean almost every time you look outside one is at the suet and feeder and others at other feeders. (I counted 6 at one time at Gord’s feeder and on the ground was a White-breasted Nut hatch. He didn‘t even know he had one. I was so excited. I was at his place for about 20 minutes and the chickadees and nuthatches did not stop coming and going. It was particularly hectic time as it was the last feed of the day for the birds..)

Also at the nyger and  ground stations are Common Redpolls. ( numbers also fluctuate depending on weather) have had up to 60. Average is 30.


Gray Jays-5

Downy woodpeckersand Hairy woodpeckers.

Two Ravens

Occasional Starling

That’s it since Dec 1st( Nov. was more active with species)

Again, I really enjoy your reports and am looking forward to Spring migration and summer flower reports.

I don’t always comment on your site… but I am there!

Cheers Gert Trudel

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