All posts tagged “backyard birding

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Visitor

This morning, while drinking my morning coffee, I glimpsed an unusual bird in our big old apple tree out back. What I initially saw was a back view of a black bird with some white bits. It was around the same size or perhaps just… Read More

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Fall Clean-out

One of the things to get done around here before winter is to clean out the bird houses. We have numerous birdhouses here on Twenty Seventh Street. Most of them are populated by a healthy colony of house sparrows. There is also one smaller bird… Read More

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Birds out Back

We have house sparrows, starlings and chickadees nesting in the birdhouses out back (and up front too). We haven’t seen the next but a pair of cardinals has been hanging out in the same part of one of the spruces for some time. We can… Read More

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More Baby Sparrows

….because there’s no such thing as too many baby bird photos, right? Tuffy P took these this morning. These baby house sparrows are just about ready for flight school.

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Baby Sparrows

There are many birds in our community here in the southwest corner of Toronto. We have house sparrows nesting here, and grackles and starlings. I think there is a cardinal nest in one of the spruces, as I see the pair going in and out,… Read More

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The Neighbourhood Bullies

One of the delights as winter wanes is the return of so many different birds. Several days ago the red-winged blackbird males arrived, and on their heels were the neighbourhood bullies, the grackles. They come to the feeders in groups and they monopolize them, not… Read More

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Mourning Dove

birds out back….. This mourning dove was hanging out in the apple tree this morning. The doves don’t eat at the feeders but they do eat from the ground underneath.

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Community Housing Upgrades

We’ve had a colony of house sparrows living in various housing units in our back and front yards for years. The most popular condo has been a 10-unit complex sitting on a flagpole high above our deck right near the feeding stations. It’s provided housing… Read More