The Changing Composition of Migration

Originally posted on The Pathless Wood:
Carolina Wren Most people are surprised when I tell them that “fall” migration generally lasts from July through December in Ottawa. First come the shorebirds, although the ones we see passing through in July are not leaving their Arctic breeding grounds because of a change in season, but because they were unable to find mates or because their nests… Continue reading The Changing Composition of Migration

The Hawks of Stony Swamp

Originally posted on The Pathless Wood:
Northern Goshawk Stony Swamp in Ottawa’s west end is home to a variety of different flora and fauna. The trails are popular among families for hand-feeding the chickadees and among birders for finding Black-backed Woodpeckers and finches such as Pine Siskins in the winter. There are many different ecosystems within the conservation area – such as rocky alvars, ponds,… Continue reading The Hawks of Stony Swamp

Rathlin birding monthly roundup: March 2019

Originally posted on Rathlin Stickybeak:
March 2019 saw a small increase in diversity as the first few long-awaited summer migrants started to appear towards the month’s end. After 2018’s desperately slow start to spring, at least things seemed to be much more on schedule this year. A total of 92 species were recorded during the month included one little beauty never before seen on Rathlin.… Continue reading Rathlin birding monthly roundup: March 2019

Unleashed: Rathlin Bird Report 2018

Originally posted on Rathlin Stickybeak:
Here it is! The latest Rathlin Bird Report has everything you want to know about the birds of Rathlin Island, including a detailed account for every species recorded during 2018 and plenty of photos from our second year on the island. A total of 155 bird species were recorded on Rathlin in 2018, a slightly higher figure than the previous… Continue reading Unleashed: Rathlin Bird Report 2018

Birding – An Activity As We Age

Originally posted on SIB:
Seabrookers are active residents when you consider the average age. Being active and engaged is important physically and mentally. Many residents (full and part time) are involved with golf, tennis, cycling, swimming, fitness classes at the Lake House, running, walking with or without a dog, pickle ball, or a combination of the above. However, there may come a point, either for… Continue reading Birding – An Activity As We Age

Audubon’s Great Backyard Bird Count – SIB’s activities

Originally posted on SIB:
Each year, Audubon hosts The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).  The GBBC is a fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the… Continue reading Audubon’s Great Backyard Bird Count – SIB’s activities