Since moving to the farm, we've become somewhat of a bird watching family. We have a well established yard, with lots of big, mature trees. We've got lilacs and spruce trees, maple trees and willows. Plum and Apple trees, as well many others which I don't even know what they are. When we moved in, the previous owners left us a big bag of bird food, along with a number of bird feeders. They strongly encouraged us to keep feeding the birds. As you walk around our yard, you will see many different kinds of bird houses and bird feeders.
It's been fun to watch all the different kinds of birds come around, and I'm looking forward to having a year under our belts. We've had migratory birds that stay around for a few weeks, as well as the regular birds that are here year round. We have a family of owls that have made our farm a home as well, and will often hear them communicating with each other during the day and into the evening. Those owls, it's always a treat to see, and this year, there were actually 3 babies that hung around as well.
When we have people over, since the bird feeders are hanging outside our front windows, we often talk about the birds, and since unpacking, I've found my "Birds of Alberta" book which has come in very handy!
Here's a nuthatch. They are a funny little bird, with their long beaks.
These evening grosbeaks would swarm our yard. There'd be 15-20 of them that would fly into the ornamental plum tree which is close to the bird feeders. Then they'd squabble and fight over the food on the ground or in the feeders. Their yellow color always catches my eye.
This female Downy Woodpecker is around lots these days, along with the male, who has a bit of red on it's head. I suspect we'll see them all winter long.
The beloved Great Grey Owl. This is one of the babies, and when we went for rides in the summer, it'd follow us, flying from fence post to fence post, tree to tree. One night we took a walk through the woods, and our cat followed us. The three baby owls (which are still huge!) sat perched up in the trees, watching the cat. And the cat, in turned, sat and watched them. I think that they were both thinking, "I can take him!" No one made the first move though. We were surprised to see that our kittens didn't get eaten by the owl...
The chickadee. We see dozens of these at a time, and they are a staple in our yard. They flitter around, all day, eating whatever they can find. Our cats seem to enjoy a nice chickadee sandwich every once in a while.
So there you have it. A few of our bird sightings around the farm. I'm excited to learn to identify more of them as time goes on...