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The Fantastic World of Bird Nicknames

Reading an article on woodpeckers, the author referred to a Pileated woodpecker as a “Logcock”. That was a term I had never heard and it got me thinking. How many birds do I know that have nicknames?

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Bird Watching: Ospreys, a large bird of prey

No matter where it is I travel, one bird I can usually count on seeing is the Osprey. Ospreys are one of the most widespread birds in the world and can be found on all continents except Anarctica. They are not difficult to identify as they are one of the largest birds of prey in North America with a wingspan of about five feet.

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Bird Watching: Bird Houses in the Winter

Come fall and winter when most of our song birds have gone south, we tend to forget the bird houses we have in our yards. But have another look!

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The elusive Red-headed Woodpecker

The Red- headed woodpecker is a striking bird with a bright red head, contrasting blue/ black back and primary wing feathers and white breast and secondary wing feathers. It exhibits similar behavioural characteristics of all woodpeckers such as flight and tree climbing pattern. It is that solid bright red head that makes it easy to distinguish it from other members of the woodpecker family.

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Bird Watching for all ages: Canada Geese

Canada Geese have fared very well across Canada and many parts of the World in spite of significant residential and commercial growth. They have adapted to human intervention unlike any other bird, to the extent that for many of us, they have become quite a nuisance.

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Making a new home for Barn Swallows

Ask any farmer, and they’ll tell you there are not nearly so many Barn Swallows as there used to be. The science backs them up – over the past 20 years, there has been a steep drop in swallow populations across eastern North America. In Ontario, Barn Swallows are now listed as a threatened species.

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Swallow Houses…If you build it, they will come!

It is a rite of spring for me to build swallow houses– each March getting the urge to build a few from left over’s from wood working projects and from scraps from local contractors who know I would never refuse a scrap of usable wood or asphalt shingles.

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Bird Watching: Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Meadowlarks have declined in numbers recently and are now sadly on the endangered species list in Ontario. Much of the grasslands required for their habitat have disappeared due to development and changing agricultural practices. Fortunately there are still Eastern Meadowlarks in our region and this is the best time of year to spot them.

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Update: Bluebird Ranch Grassland Enhancement

The last newsletter contained an article about the grassland habitat enhancement project we are undertaking in Bluebird Ranch. This property is on the Carden Plain and is home to rare and endangered species such as bobolink, eastern meadowlark and barn swallow.

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Tropical bird: The Chestnut-mandibled Toucan

For most of us, the opportunity to watch tropical birds doesn’t happen that frequently, if at all, so when the opportunity arises, it is something to relish.

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