Taking five minutes of my day to share five things.
|size comparison with the mourning dove|
Common redpolls visited my backyard this past weekend. I read up on redpolls, and found some interesting facts here. These tiny birds breed in the Arctic tundra and can withstand temperatures of -65F. In order to survive, they will burrow into the snow at night which acts as insulation against the cold. They have throat pouches to store seeds quickly, and they can then eat the seeds when they are in a protected area. They are long-distance travellers. One bird was banded in Michigan, US, and found later in Siberia! Incredible little birds. I have huge respect for them now.
|A little redpoll jumping for joy! Spring is almost here!|
Cap'n Nuthatch. I thought nuthatches always looked like neat little soldiers when I was young. I once drew a picture for my mom of a nuthatch to look like a soldier. After that she called him Cap'n Nuthatch too.
This is where I've been hanging out for the past couple of months. The cold winter drove me outdoors more and more because I was tired of being forced inside. I braved the cold, icy winds and snow, and was much happier for it. I dislike being indoors.
This was once a farm, but has been taken over by the conservation authorities. What a beautiful, picturesque area for a farm right on the shores of Lake Ontario with the marsh running up one side. I'm jealous of the family that lived here many years ago and enjoyed all the wildlife for their own. The silo is surrounded by a very old apple orchard ... I'll have to visit again when it's blossom time to see if the trees still bloom.
I think my blog has turned into a bird-watcher's blog lately. I'm just going with the flow right now, and birds are the only thing grabbing my interest at the moment. I've been very fortunate with the birds at the marsh, and will continue to visit it as Spring arrives ... well, when it arrives. My thermometer is reading -20C again this morning, and an extreme cold warning is back with windchill making it feel like -30C! Now they're telling us next week it will start to "really" warm up.
Thanks for stopping by!
|Cooper's Hawk outside my patio door ... he's eating the birds I feed!|
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