As I was inspecting the website for the Québec Club des ornithologues de l’Outaouais, I read about a bird feeder at Lac Beauchamp which is always loaded with seed in winter.
Eager to see some more northern bird species which do not frequent my Toronto feeder, I headed to Lac Beauchamp and thought about the ten northern species that I would love to see.
Gray Jay Nicknamed “Whiskeyjacks”, these friendly birds seldom come south of Algonquin Park.
My grandmother adored these colourful birds and had a stuffed one in her home.
Some years ago, I received these photos of grosbeaks from Quebec City.
I occasionally see Pine Siskins in Toronto but have never had one at my feeder.
These large birds are almost as large as Robins.
These reddish sparrow-sized birds with crossed mandibles are found in coniferous forest. They will come to birdfeeders in the north. I once saw one during a Breeding Bird Survey near Smooth Rock Falls.
These birds occasionally show up in the Toronto area in winter.
Bohemian Waxwings are larger than Cedar Waxwings and have no yellow on the belly. They are occasionally seen in Toronto on the coldest days of winter. When we found one during a TDSB walk, an wag exclaimed “You can identify them because they drink so much coffee”.
I have seen and heard these brown-capped and shy chickadees during northern surveys.
These three-toed (most birds have four) woodpeckers inhabit the cold forests of the north.
Northern Hawk Owl
This is a medium-sized, hawk-like, daytime-flying owl found in northern boreal forests.
After an hour observing who was coming to the Lac Beauchamp feeder, it was time to wake up from my reveries.
Here is what I found:
Hope shines forever pure and bright,
It never fades away;
It is a ray of heavenly light
Unyielding to decay. – Prudence Curtis