Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Winter Birds Part 2

Once we traveled away from the feeder stations we began to see other typical species around the bog. The numbers of individuals was not very high but we did see most of the northern specialties we targeted.
One of my favorite birds if the Gray Jay also known as Canada Jay, Whiskey Jack and Camp Robber. They were one of the more common birds we encountered as we drove up and down the bog. At the Admiral Rd. feeder they were really attracted to the peanut butter spread on tree branches.
Red-breasted Nuthatches were nearby, stealing globs of peanut butter when the jays flew away. We had better luck finding these guys than we did seeing their white breasted cousins.
A couple of Northern Shrikes were found hanging out at the tops of trees along the road. I think we only saw 2 or 3 and I've noticed fewer down in my area than is usual. I don't know if that means anything but it is a change this year.
Finally, one of the birds we found is one we don't see every trip. There were 2 Brown Creepers inspecting the trees near one of the feeder stations. Another species that doesn't seem to mind a bunch of tourists staring at it while it eats.

Tomorrow, a little tangent from our search for birds.

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