Bruce's BackyardIn this section of the website you can follow along with Bruce as he attracts, feeds and observes birds in his backyard.
Birds by the SeasonWinter
A Red-shouldered Hawk watching over feeders at the corner of Old Carp Road and Huntmar Road on January 2, 2009.
One of the side effects of feeder birds is that you eventually attract "birds of prey" such as hawks, owls or shrikes. With more activity comes a greater possibility of a visitor such as these. This is only a part of nature!
Common Feeder BirdsCheck out photos and descriptions of common feeder birds for the Ottawa area. This section will grow over time, so check back often!
Backyard Bird Feeding
Choosing a FeederChoosing a feeder can sometimes be a challenge due to the vast variety that are available on the market. One very successful type is the cylinder feeder. In this feeder there are small tear drop shaped feeding ports which enable only small birds, such as finches to feed.
with some types of birds
and are easy to build at home.
Having a variety of feeders will increase your success.
If you feed birds you will no doubt attract squirrels. In Eastern Ontario, this will include the Gray, Black, and Red Squirrel and, during the warmer months, the Eastern Chipmunk. Also, depending where you live you might even have Northern Flying Squirrels but don't realize it because they are nocturnal. Many of the cylinder feeders are squirrel proof. Most squirrels will find plenty of seeds that have been dropped on the ground.
Not only will you attract squirrels, if you keep your eyes out, you may also attract many other things you didn't expect.
Backyard Bird Feeding ResourcesHere are some great resources:
About Birds & Bird Feeding, Project Feeder Watch
Bird Feeding, Hinterland Who's Who
Backyard Bird Feeding, Ojibway Nature Centre
Bruce's Backyard Bird List
Here's Ben at age 8 with a juvenile Cedar Waxwing he rescued in the backyard. "Seedy" as it was called was brought to the Wild Bird Care Centre and later released. August 9, 2005.
On September 22, 2005, this Carolina Wren was trapped in our garage and I was able to capture and release it. Despite the incident is stayed till December 7, 2005.
Chimney Swift nesting in our chimney.
Chimney Swift babies from the nest in our chimney.
|3||Canada Goose||Feb 26
|7||American Black Duck|
|15||Great Blue Heron|
|21||Sharp-shinned Hawk||Jan 9
|37||Ring-billed Gull||Mar 7
|41||Great Black-backed Gull|
|44||Rock Pigeon||Jan 1
|45||Mourning Dove||Jan 1
|47||Great Horned Owl|
|48||Great Gray Owl|
|55||Downy Woodpecker||Jan 1
|56||Hairy Woodpecker||Jan 1
|69||Blue jay||Jan 1
|70||American Crow||Jan 1
|71||Common Raven||Jan 2
|75||Northern Rough-winged Swallow|
|79||Black-capped Chickadee||Jan 1
|82||White-breasted Nuthatch||Jan 1
|96||American Robin||Mar 14
|99||European Starling||Jan 2
|110||Cape May Warbler|
|111||Black-throated Blue Warbler|
|112||Yellow-rumped "Myrtle" Warbler|
|113||Black-throated Green Warbler|
|119||Black & White Warbler|
|128||American Tree Sparrow||Jan 4
|133||Song Sparrow||Jan 9
|140||Snow Bunting||Jan 8
|141||Northern Cardinal||Jan 2
|145||Red-winged Blackbird||Mar 7
|148||Common Grackle||Mar 7
|149||Brown-headed Cowbird||Mar 20
|151||Pine Grosbeak||Jan 18
|153||House Finch||Jan 14
|154||White-winged Crossbill||Jan 17
|155||Common Redpoll||Jan 2
|156||Hoary Redpoll||Mar 20
|157||Pine Siskin||Jan 2
|158||American Goldfinch||Jan 1
|160||House Sparrow||Jan 14
|161||Peregrine Falcon||December 6, 2008 Hunting Rock Pigeons across the road a the Feed Mill.|