Had a great weekend in our yard, saw 2 male orioles ,2 male rose breasted grosbeaks , 1 brown thrasher ,1 great crested flycatcher and 1 male ruby-throated hummingbird. We were glad that these neo-tropical birds have come home for the summer. I put all this activity down to two words: Native Plants [although I do add seed and nectar] adding natives over the 3 years we have been at this location has made a huge difference . It was inexpensive and many of the shrubs have great flowers and fruit to offer the birds. As well it has increased the insect population and has brought in a great number of native bees which was something i was hoping for as much as the birds.

Location: The Glen, Pigeon Lake
Observer: Blair Hamilton

Categories: Sightings

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.