My Back yard

for all the people who feed birds in their backyards and have a yard list

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Northern (Yellow-Shafted) Flickers

Started by Derek Grant. Last reply by Denis A. Doucet Apr 18, 2014. 21 Replies

For the past several years Flickers have been nesting in a poplar tree, in the back field and at the forest's edge. There are plenty of ant's nests around for a food source. Both the male and the…Continue

Red Red Robin ....

Started by Laura Hare. Last reply by Mario Boudreau May 20, 2013. 1 Reply

Well it is offically spring now.Robin showed up in the garden yesterday ... :)I think he did not like the litter ... giving me the "look" ... lol. …Continue

Are we getting ready for the humming birds?

Started by Mario Boudreau. Last reply by Mario Boudreau May 20, 2013. 19 Replies

Hey everyoneWe can use this discussion if you guys want to add your pics or video links of your first arrivals.I am tracking the migration of our little hummer friends.  They are almost here.  I see…Continue

In my Back Yard ...

Started by Laura Hare. Last reply by Mario Boudreau Apr 23, 2013. 1 Reply

Still having few visitors in my back garden.I am still getting redpolls 15 or so every day and once a week or so I get about 50.A couple chickadees and mourning doves.Three downy woodpeckers.I have…Continue

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Comment by Janet L. MacMillan on April 18, 2013 at 9:09am

That is a real nice photo of the White throated Sparrow.  I checked out my usual spot and sure enough the Colts Foot was in bloom.  My 2 Northern Mockingbirds are still running the backyard. I have named them King William and Queen Mary.   In my front feeders I still  have 50+ Common Red Polls coming to the niger sock.

  Lots of people here in Moncton seeing groups of them flying around the city. Lots of Common Grackles and male Red Winged Blackbirds coming in and out of the  yard. I also saw my first male American Goldfinch in nice bright yellow.  I think this guy must have been down south. I also have Mourning Doves, Black capped Chickadees and a Chipping Sparrow.  I have been working in my office so not getting too many pictures. Thanks for sharing your nice photo.

Comment by Paul & Kitty Martin on April 17, 2013 at 11:27pm

This is the first White Throated Sparrow we have had at our feeder this year, and he timed it perfect to stay camouflaged by blending into the other first in our yard this year, ....the Colt's Foot.

Comment by Dixie Armstrong on March 24, 2013 at 12:08am

Busy day today at the feeders for the redpolls.  Some are looking pretty plump.  Downy woodpecker's getting a visit to the suet as well as the nuthatchers.  Black Capped Chickadees also plentiful.  Few starlings and a couple of pigeons dropped by.  No new visitors here.

Comment by Laura Hare on April 5, 2012 at 8:16am

Yes I did think they are a bit later returning,I did have a pair of Purple Finches though.The red-bellied I saw was a few blocks away from me but I still hope to see one at my suet feeder.A couple of goldfinches came this morning.My neighbor has not put out his feeder yet the grackles and starlings love it because it has platforms they can sit on.I try to cater to the song birds here but once that feeder goes up it is hard to keep the little guys here.

Comment by Joanne Savage on April 4, 2012 at 10:12pm

Hi Laura, it's early for Chipping Sparrows yet.  They seem to prefer mid April to return. Nonetheless there have been several overwintering within the province. I have had 3 all winter, thought one left mid-March but it returned. My male Red-bellied Woodpecker is "ranging" throughout the neighorhood and relying less on the suet but I still see him on occasion and hear him every few days. The last of the Rusty Blackbirds departed on March 24th. I've been reluctantly hostessing too many Grackles and Red-wing Blackbirds lately and have noted more Brown-headed Cowbirds this year than in recent past. 

Comment by Laura Hare on April 4, 2012 at 9:57pm

I did a once over of the garden.I left any old seed heads because the birds will look for them.I cleaned and re-filled the feeders and bird baths.The song sparrows are back but have not seen any chipping sparrows yet.I did get a glimpse of a red-bellied woodpecker while out on a walk the other night ... my first !

Comment by Joanne Savage on March 29, 2012 at 8:39pm

Today I did the post Winter job: cleaning the hanging seed feeders which have been empty for a few days to discourage the hordes of Grackle, Starling, Red-wing B'bird and Cowbirds. In spite of those having been empty[ now filled], I've managed to keep the more welcome usuals happy with small amts of seed sprinkled under a Forsythia and suet in an upside-down feeder. A quick count of species appearing at intervals today tallied 19.The Rusty B'birds moved on; last day seen was March 24th. A suet cage is hanging with dog hair to provide nesting material. Chickadees particularly enjoy that offering.

As to the Forsythia mentioned previously: it is showing yellow flower buds just short of bursting open. This will be the earliest I've ever noted it to bloom.

Comment by Laura Hare on March 23, 2012 at 12:48pm

Had a visit from chickadees,mourning doves,grackles,one goldfinch and an eagle flew over us when coming back from morning walk.Nice to hear birds singing in the morning though.

Comment by Joanne Savage on March 23, 2012 at 7:14am

It's also interesting to note species not at feeders. While I've had great numbers and variety of birds this past Winter, there were no Redpolls and I had only 1 Pine Siskin, Joanne Savage

Comment by Laura Hare on March 22, 2012 at 7:53pm

Well not much has been going on here for a while.Not many birds to report but did get three song sparrows today,a mr & mrs downy,some grackles (about seven) and about twenty starlings.Three chicadees and two bluejays.We had lost two large maples last fall and I wonder if the garden is too open for the birds now .... we will see what happens through this season I guess.


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