The Herons of Ontario

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Herons of Ontario

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Herons are such an interesting species of birds. With massive bodies, impressive wing spans and long wading legs, they aren't necessarily what we expect when we think "bird". They are striking in many ways and we are lucky enough to have the opportunity to observe multiple heron speci…

5 Steps to Managing Wasps at Feeders

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

5 Steps to Managing Wasps at Feeders

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
In most cases, wasps and other sugar-loving insects do not bother birds at feeders - some birds even make them a snack! But sometimes they become such an issue that the birds stop visiting, and it seems you are only putting food out for the insects to enjoy. As annoying as we think they are, wasps …

Fall Gardening: Establishing Native Perennials

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Fall Gardening: Establishing Native Perennials

Wednesday, September 1, 2021
We are 20 days away from the first day of fall. It is hard to believe, summer has flown by, as always.  A lot of us put our green thumbs back on each spring to create gardens, hopefully with local wildlife and biodiversity in mind. Something often overlooked is the benefit of planting in the fall, …

Homebodies: 4 Birds Who Stick Around All Year (and How to Attract Them to Your Yard)

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Homebodies: 4 Birds Who Stick Around All Year (and How to Attract Them to Your Yard)

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
This time of year we are often focusing on the migratory birds who are leaving us for the winter months, and the ones who are returning in their absence. With all the excitement of migration, it's easy to forget about the birds who stick with us 365 days a year. They bring us so much joy, we ow…

Late Summer Orioles: Migration, Feeding, and Tips for Attracting Them in the Spring

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Late Summer Orioles: Migration, Feeding, and Tips for Attracting Them in the Spring

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
How is it the second week of August already? Didn't nesting season just start a few weeks ago?! Summer is flying by, and as we come to the end of the season, many of our feeder favourites will be taking off as well. By the end of the month, most of our beloved orioles will have flown the coop, …

Species Spotlight: Blue Jays

Species Spotlight: Blue Jays

Blue Jays are common and easily recognizable birds. When you think Blue Jays you may think "team"- Go Jays Go! Groups of Blue Jays are actually called a band, cast or party. Fittingly so- they certainly bring the noise wherever they go. Blue Jays are frequently spotted in backyards and na…

All About Goldfinches: A Backyard Favourite

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

All About Goldfinches: A Backyard Favourite

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
American goldfinches, more commonly referred to simply as goldfinches, are a backyard staple for many. Here in southern Ontario, we have goldfinches all year round and get to fully enjoy the changes the seasons bring alongside our feathered friends. Unlike many other songbirds, goldfinches are stri…

Nocturnal Enchanters: All About Luna Moths

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Nocturnal Enchanters: All About Luna Moths

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
The word 'moth' doesn't always conjure the same feelings or thoughts as the word 'butterfly'. Moths are typically thought of as dull creatures, living in the darkness and flying into porch lights repeatedly, whereas butterflies are thought of as beautiful, elegant, and delicate …

How Do Birds Find Feeders?

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

How Do Birds Find Feeders?

Wednesday, July 21, 2021
How do birds find feeders? This is a question I hear a lot. Many people believe it is by scent or smell, but most birds do not have an overly developed sense of smell. Myth buster: they will not abandon their young if you touch them, because it is unlikely that they will sense or smell that you did…