Goldfinch or Pine Siskin? How to Tell Who's at Your Feeders

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Goldfinch or Pine Siskin? How to Tell Who's at Your Feeders

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
One morning a few weeks ago, I walked downstairs and looked out my front window to my feeding station (as I do every morning), expecting to see the usual characters: chickadees, nuthatches, a couple hairy woodpeckers, goldfinches. I glanced at each feeder to see who was there, and noticed a small g…

Curious and Cute: All About Chickadees

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Curious and Cute: All About Chickadees

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Chickadees are a backyard bird favourite for many. They are quite adorable with their round head and tiny body. Widley recognized by their black cap and bib. Due to their highly curious nature, they have a habit of investigating new feeders and even people. Because of this, they are often one of th…

Top Foods for Fall Bird Feeding

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Top Foods for Fall Bird Feeding

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
I know what you're thinking.. they're birds. Do I really need to change the food I'm feeding them just because the seasons change? The short answer is, no. You don't need to change the food you're feeding just because the seasons change. But there are major advantages for you, a…

Reframing Weeds: The Benefits of Vilified Plants

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Reframing Weeds: The Benefits of Vilified Plants

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Many of us are familiar with the term "weed". We typically use this as a blanket term to include any species that is unwanted in the area that it is growing. There are even definitions that describe weeds as valueless plants that grow wild. Or plants that grow on cultivated ground, to the…

Return of the Snow Birds: Attracting Dark-eyed Juncos to Your Yard

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Return of the Snow Birds: Attracting Dark-eyed Juncos to Your Yard

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Fall is officially here, and it's wasted no time settling in to the region. This time of year we see a slew of our favourite birds leave us to head to warmer climates, including orioles, warblers, and hummingbirds, but with their departure we also see the return of species who come to stay thr…

Migrating Through: Why Birds Hit Windows and How We Can Help

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Migrating Through: Why Birds Hit Windows and How We Can Help

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
It's that time of year again, birds are on the move. Migration is an exciting time for bird lovers as we get to see many birds move through the region on the way to their wintering grounds. However, this migration poses a number of threats to birds. As more and more areas became urbanized, col…

Lacking Colour: The Difference Between Albino and Leucistic Birds

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Lacking Colour: The Difference Between Albino and Leucistic Birds

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
If you have been observing birds, chances are that sooner than later you will spot a bird that has white feathers or spots where you are used to seeing colour on that species. Birds can be leucistic, which causes them to lack some pigment, but not all pigment. It is far rarer to see a completely a…

Out With the Old, In With the New: Molting in Birds

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Out With the Old, In With the New: Molting in Birds

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
You may have noticed lately some birds that are looking rather... bald. So, why is this happening? Not to worry, this is all part of a natural process known as molting. Molting is the shedding of old feathers to make way for new feathers. This process renews their plumage! Some birds also transiti…

5 Fun Facts About Woodpeckers

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

5 Fun Facts About Woodpeckers

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Woodpeckers are a common visitor to backyard bird feeders, and are easy to attract thanks to their varied palette and trusting nature toward humans. Their antics capture the hearts of nearly everyone they cross paths with, often landing themselves as a "spark bird" (the bird who created a…