Garden watching

As I was updating my stats for the month I was surprised to find that we had recorded 67 species of bird in or from the garden so far in 2012. The figure is even more remarkable when you consider how many warbler species, formerly annual, have not yet appeared. A year score of 75 might even be realistic. This past week Blue Jays have been present in bigger numbers than usual, up to 30 at a time. On the other hand Northern Cardinals have all but disappeared and even Black-capped Chickadee numbers are lower than usual. I spent a few hours one afternoon watching the hummingbirds, up to five are or have been calling in, its just like Tandayapa! It would be fascinating to know just how many hummers do pass through. Recently I was at St-Lazare sand pits and, over the space of two hours, I could see a regular movement of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to south which would suggest that the birds at the feeders change almost daily at this tme of year.

I took a few photos, see below, also a shot of another hummer feeder user, an Aphrodite Fritillary. It flew in, walked around the feeder until correctly position and then pushed its proboscis into the feeding tube.

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One thought on “Garden watching

  1. No shortage of Cardinals and Chickadees here but Hummers have suddenly shot up – just had three of them working the flowers as we sat on the deck. Seen more Hummers this year than ever before I think.

    Richard

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