Juncos by the Bluffs Birdfeeding Rock: November 21, 2021

With 90 minutes between two walks today at the Scarborough Bluffs, I drove my car to the birdfeeding rock, tossed lots of seed onto it, opened my car window and prepared to photograph whatever wildlife came near.

Red Squirrel

Dark-eyed Juncos are familiar to most birdfeeder owners during the colder months. In warmer months they can be seen in cottage areas and in Northern Ontario. Juncos can be found all over the North American continent. There are six regional populations: Oregon, Pink-sided, White-winged, Slate-coloured, Dark-eyed and Yellow-eyed. All share the distinctly simple colour pattern with unmarked grayish to blackish head, small pink bill and flashing white outer tail feathers. Our birds are Dark-eyed Juncos.

Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Junco

Other birds:

Blue Jay
Northern Cardinal (male)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Black-capped Chickadee
Northern Cardinal (female)
Blue Jay
Northern Cardinal (male)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Blue Jay
Blue Jay
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Blue Jay
Blue Jay
Blue Jay

MAILBOX

Hi Miles,

This is a good video explanation of how the Crossbill forages for food and is able to eat 3,000(!) seeds a day. 😊

https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Facademy.allaboutbirds.org%2Fwhite-winged-crossbill-foraging-adaptation%2F&data=04%7C01%7C%7C5a62567547af4d7c36de08d9a83757b9%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637725777925693490%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=mRPYATAVP47WytmdivHUTct66JTNlbBmbaIvcaGHPys%3D&reserved=0

Hi Miles, Here below is a wonderful short film about the Whimbrel.  Its full of hope for this species.

Hi Miles, I thought this might be of interest to you.

House sparrow population in Europe drops by 247m

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/nov/16/house-sparrow-population-in-europe-drops-by-247m?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Hi Miles, I’m sure a thousand people sent you this, 

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stellers-sea-eagle-dazzles-birders-on-lone-odyssey-180979035/

Hey Miles, more fauna to spot,

https://www.blogto.com/city/2021/11/wild-boars-roaming-near-toronto-officials-concerned/

Miles Hearn

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