Dec 042016

On November 20, we had 8 Pine Grosbeaks at our feeder. They only stayed for an hour or so, however, and we haven’t seen them since. During this past summer, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, along with their young, came to the feeder regularly. Two families nested in the woodlot behind our house.

Also, about 20 years ago, I witnessed an amazing interaction between a Gray Squirrel and a Hairy Woodpecker. The squirrel had scared the woodpecker off the ground feeder – a piece of plywood – on which I’d scattered sunflower seeds. Seconds later, however, the woodpecker returned, and actually landed on the squirrel’s back!  It then proceeded to hammer away on the poor animal’s head. I guess it got in a few good blows before the squirrel took off, because there was blood on the feeder!

Neil Boughen, Warsaw

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks - Drew Monkman

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks – Drew Monkman

Pine Grosbeak - Wikimedia

Pine Grosbeak – Wikimedia

Hairy Woodpecker - Karl Egressy

Hairy Woodpecker – Karl Egressy


Jul 022015

I have been having quite a bit of “unusual for my yard” activity lately. For some unknown reason woodpeckers have taken notice of my peanut feeder so I have kept it up. I rarely see any. This year I have numerous Downy Woodpeckers including a male feeding peanuts to a female. More unusual is seeing Hairy Woodpeckers on a daily basis. I have seen both male and female and for the last 2 days the female is feeding a very loud youngster. The female is not looking so great. She is missing a lot of feathers around her neck.
I have also had a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak for several days and yesterday 2 males showed up. That is not unusual during migration but the end of June is surprising.
Finally, I often get Baltimore Orioles in spring but unfortunately they are just passing through. This year they have stayed and come to the hummingbird feeder throughout the day. Two females were fighting over the feeder yesterday and there is also a male.
Makes for good birding even on the cold and wet days.
Sue Paradisis, Tudor Crescent, Peterborough

Female Baltimore Oriole on hummingbird feeder with BBQ skewers - care of Jim Watt

Female Baltimore Oriole on hummingbird feeder with BBQ skewers – care of Jim Watt

Downy Woodpecker (Karl Egressy)

Downy Woodpecker (Karl Egressy)