Shortly after arriving here, we went walking by the frogpond, and found an older lady who feeds the birds. With a handful of cracked corn, she had attracted a busy flock of House Sparrows. I decided it would be fun to keep track of the birds I see here over my stay. So far I've seen14 species.
So here is the first list of birds.
American Robin - scattered across the lawn digging up worms.
Flicker - on the lawn with the Robins, digging up grubs.
Redwing Blackbird - I first saw several females joining the House Sparrows to feed. Later the males got bold enough to join in.
Blackbirds - a large flock swirled through the sky outside my window a few days ago.
Chipping Sparrow- one solitary bird in the flock of House Sparrows .
Turkey Vulture, one, soaring through the sky with its huge shallow 'V' shaped wings.
This group of birxds will all leave us for the winter, migrating to warmer climes, though I increasingly hear of Robins or Vulture s staying in southern Ontario over the winter. Lots of other birds that migrated here in the spring have raised their broods and quietly headed off again. It's so obvious when they first srrive, with their sprirng mating or territorial calls , but now they just quietly vanish for another year.