Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus). The red-winged blackbird is a true harbinger of spring in Canada. Common throughout North America, the red-winged blackbird claims most of southern Canada as nesting territory, and also nests well into Canada’s Yukon and Northwest Territories, settling in marshes and creek beds throughout these vast regions. Walking alongside the lake and creekbed […]Continue Reading... 1 Comment.
Two days after changing the feed in my bird feeder from low grade generic brand to premium songbird feed, a pair of songbirds – Goldfinches – showed up at the feeder. I have not spotted them in my neighbourhood prior to today, but they are undoubtedly at home in the urban district. The delightful outcome […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Gulls enliven so many scenes of memory, their distinctive squawking calls and wails summoning images of favourite haunts and gorgeous shorelines, whether along freshwater lakes or at the edges where sand and rocks meet the salty foam waves of the sea. Because I have frequently visited one shore or the other of Lake Winnipeg, my […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Cedar Waxwings flock in large numbers in the fall, much like starlings do. Their movement as a flock drew my attention to well over a dozen juvenile Cedar Waxwings feasting on the berries of a mountain ash tree. The young birds were eating their fill of the tree’s red fruit in the town of Gimli, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Swans are “everywhere” in Denmark, and it was so beautiful to see these nesting swans in Kolding, Denmark. The elegant swan is among the most photographed and perhaps most loved birds in the world. I have certainly enjoyed seeing swans in the protected waterways of North American public parks, but to see them in their natural […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Sweden’s Skansen Open-Air Museum, founded in 1891 by Artur Hazelius, is home to an abundance of native animals and birds of Sweden. The Skansen Museum is located within the city of Stockholm on the island of Djurgarden. I visited this gorgeous park with my husband in early spring, 2014, when the daffodil, scilla, and crocus […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Canada Goose. Branta canadensis. Most people I know pause and look up to the sky when they hear the distinctive honking of Canada Geese that are flying in V-formation overhead. In the north, when the Canada Geese arrive in spring, they bring a sense of hope and renewal. When they leave their summer grounds, it […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Spruce Grouse (Dendragapus canadensis). Grouse family (Tetraonidae). The handsome Spruce Grouse makes its home in northern coniferous and boreal forests across Canada. In the United States, these birds can be found in Alaska, parts of Oregon and Wyoming, and to the east into New England. However, despite their wide range, catching a glimpse of them […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Each spring, my neighbour and I lean over our shared fence and discuss the whereabouts of the robins. When my husband and I first bought our home, robins used to nest on a ledge under the covered deck, but they vanished some years back. Their departure coincided with the construction of a large crows’ nest […]Continue Reading... No Comments.