Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Birds of Early Spring

2 American Kestrels
Red Winged Blackbird
I have thoroughly enjoyed my first Spring as a birding enthusiast!  We have had record warm temperatures in Southern Ontario this spring, and as a result have seen migrating birds from the South as much as 5 weeks earlier than usual.  For example, on March 27th, the Sycamore tree on my front yard was bustling with American Goldfinches.  See photo below:

American Goldfinch - March 27, 2012
I was also pleased to find a pair of American Kestrels that live right next to my office in Stoney Creek!  I have seen them everyday since March 26th.  They are very shy, but I was able get a decent shot of the pair through my telescope.  See the picture at the top of this post.  I also snapped the photo below of the Kestrel actually perched on the side of my office building:

American Kestrel
I also finally bought myself a bird feeder for the backyard.  It was about $20 at Canadian Tire.  I bought a large steel plant hanger to hang it on ($16.99), and a bag of All Season bird seed ($11.99).  The feeder I bought was the Yule-Hyde Crafty Canadian
I have had this feeder up since Sunday, March 25th, and since then I have seen Common Grackles, House Finches, Song Sparrows, Dark Eyed Juncos, Robins and Cardinals all visit the new "seed-hotel" in town.  I guess the word spreads quickly;)

Common Grackle
Dar Eyed Junco

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