Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Early April bird notes ♩ ♬ ♪

After an early thaw we're seeing a good mix of returning birds.

  • Today I saw a Pine Siskin collecting nesting materiel from a neighbour's yard. There are still numerous flocks of Common Redpolls in the area although only a few are visiting our feeders.
  • A dozen species of waterfowl including a male Redhead, a species we don't see every year in these parts.
  • Today I heard my FOY Savannah Sparrows.
  • A male Dark-eyed "Oregon" Junco continues in our yard - it's been here about a week.
  • Not sure what to make of this Junco - any thoughts?

  • A Meadowlark has been present beside Peninsula Harbour since March 27. When I first located the bird, it was mute and very skittish. Today, in a less-than-full-throated song that my point-and-shoot camera barely picked up through the chorus of nearer, more common birds, it declared its identity - Western Meadowlark! It's no MEGA-rarity but it's somewhat extralimital here in the boreal forest and it's the first Thunder Bay District record for eBird. 


  1. Heck, it even looks like a Western Meadowlark!

  2. Great post - it's really great to hear some news from the north.

    Thanks for linking to my blog, I have done likewise.