Oct 012016
 

We’re enjoying large numbers of White-throated Sparrows in our yard right now. Probably two dozen at least. They are eating the millet I scatter around the base of the feeder and nearby shrubs. The odd White-throat occasionally breaks into a weaker version of its spring “Oh sweet Canada…Canada…Canada” song. Any day now, the White-crowned Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos should arrive. We usually get at least one Fox Sparrow every year, too, and sometimes an Eastern Towhee.

Drew Monkman

Juncos and White-throated Sparrows

Juncos and White-throated Sparrows

White-throated Sparrow - Karl Egressy

White-throated Sparrow – Karl Egressy

 White-crowned Sparrow - Susan Chow

White-crowned Sparrow – Susan Chow

White-throated Sparrow - Wikimedia

White-throated Sparrow – Wikimedia

Apr 152016
 

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (1)
– Reported Apr 14, 2016 07:31 by Donald Sutherland
– Peterborough–Trent Rotary Rail Trail, Peterborough, Ontario
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– Comments: “singing, fields E of S entrance to Promise Rock Trail”

I heard my first Fox Sparrow of the spring on April 13 on Cottonwood Drive in Peterborough. At our feeder, we now see Chipping Sparrows, Song Sparrows and American Tree Sparrows almost daily. White-throated Sparrows should arrive this weekend on the south winds, and White-crowned should be here by month’s end.    Drew Monkman

American Tree Sparrow - Karl Egressy

American Tree Sparrow – Karl Egressy

Vesper Sparrow - note rufous on shoulders (not always visible) - Wikimedia

Vesper Sparrow – note rufous on shoulders (not always visible) – Wikimedia

Chipping Sparrow - Karl Egressy

Chipping Sparrow – Karl Egressy

White-crowned Sparrow - Wikimedia

White-crowned Sparrow – Wikimedia

Song Sparrow - Karl Egressy

Song Sparrow – Karl Egressy

Fox Sparrow - Jeff Keller

Fox Sparrow – Jeff Keller

White-throated Sparrow - Karl Egressy

White-throated Sparrow – Karl Egressy

Oct 092015
 
White-throated Sparrow - Wikimedia

White-throated Sparrow – Wikimedia

Had my first Dark-eyed Junco feeding under the feeder today, October 7th.

Bill Snowden, Ennismore

Note: Our first juncos arrived October 9th, along with a few more White-crowned Sparrows. Yesterday, the shrubby fields and woodlot edges in the Cavan area west of Peterborough were full of flocks of Yellow-rumped Warblers, White-throated Sparrows and some Song Sparrows. White-throats were singing their fall “whisper song.”  Like spring song but softer and more halting.  D.M.

Dark-eyed Junco by Marcel Boulay

Dark-eyed Junco by Marcel Boulay

Yellow-rumped Warbler - Nov. 28, 2014 Franmor Dr. Ptbo - Sue Prentice

Yellow-rumped Warbler – Nov. 28, 2014 Franmor Dr. Ptbo – Sue Prentice

Jun 102015
 

For years we’ve enjoyed numerous chickadees, winter and summer along with goldfinches and others. This year, both are literally non-existent. Nor did I see the usual spring showing of White-throated and White-crowned sparrows. We still get cardinals, jays, a few woodpeckers, including the Pileated, and the occasional nuthatch, along with grackles, doves and pigeons.  Any logical explanation?

Phil McKeating, Creekwood Drive, Peterborough (Creekwood backs onto Harper Woods)

Note: A number of people have commented this spring on the same phenomenon, especially with regard to chickadees. At first I thought it was just because they are nesting now and tend to visit feeders much less during that time. That being said, I don’t recall hearing this observation in past springs – at least with regard to chickadees. I noticed the same lack of sparrows, too, this spring. I only had only two White-crowned Sparrows and not a single White-throated. The latter is usually abundant in my yard during spring migration. The only thing I can think of is that weather conditions were such that the birds simply flew straight over our area without lingering here like they usually do. Not sure that could be the whole story though.  I’d be interested in hearing from anyone who has noticed the same thing, especially with regard to chickadees and white-crowns/white-throats. D.M.

Black-capped Chickadee (Karl Egressy)

Black-capped Chickadee (Karl Egressy)

White-crowned Sparrow - Wikimedia

White-crowned Sparrow – Wikimedia

White-throated Sparrow - Wikimedia

White-throated Sparrow – Wikimedia