Winter birds in Ontario

Birds in my garden in the last few days.

It has been around -15ºC so being a small bird means you lose heat rather fast unless you have really good insulation.

This Downy Woodpecker has what is needed although it resembles a sphere of feathers with a beak sticking out of one end and a stiff tail from the other.  In summer it is much a much sleeker bird.

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

This nuthatch follows its example.

 

Rose-breasted nuthatch 1
Rose-breasted nuthatch 1
Rose-breasted nuthatch 2
Rose-breasted nuthatch 2

We have two species of nuthatch around, the Rose-breasted and the White-breasted.  You probably don’t need the captions to know which is which.

White-breasted nuthatch
White-breasted nuthatch

Nuthatches tend to run down trees and to feed what to us seems to be upside down.

White-breasted nuthatch 2
White-breasted nuthatch 2

The chickadees seem more sensible.

Chickadee
Chickadee

The female cardinal likewise fluffs out her feathers and gives me some side-eye because I am in a nice warm house, shooting through the window.

Female Cardinal 1
Female Cardinal 1

This was a day later when the temperature had soared to -8ºC.

Female Cardinal 2
Female Cardinal 2

The sunset maple twigs also provides a bit of colour.  I got a “bird and garden” magazine for Christmas.  It suggested some plants I could use which would flower outdoors in January for a bit of colour. (Well, it said “color”, which explains the optimism).

Female Cardinal 3
Female Cardinal 3

But for real colour, the male cardinal is the real thing.  You may get tired of my pictures of him but we don’t tire of his visits.  The junco wants his share of the attention.

Male Cardinal 2
Male Cardinal 2
Male Cardinal
Male Cardinal

Author: Eric Lawton

Eric is a natural philosopher living in rural Ontario

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