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December 12, 2017

Mixed Flock Of Grosbeaks Round Out A Winter Scene In Ontario

This mixed flock of Pine and Evening Grosbeaks quickly brought a splash of rose and yellow to the Ontario FeederWatch cam this morning! Both of these finch species are irruptive migrants, meaning they occasionally show up in large numbers well south of their typical winter range, usually in response to poor food supplies in northern boreal regions. 

December 11, 2017

Mourning Doves Fill The Cornell Feeders

Mourning Doves are gregarious foragers, but they don't always pack the feeder platform as you see in the this clip. These small, plump doves forage for natural food sources almost entirely on the ground, and you'll often see them cleaning up scattered seed below bird feeders. 

December 11, 2017

Gray Jays Stops By Snowy Ontario Feeders

It's a winter wonderland on the Ontario FeederWatch cam, and this Gray Jay is taking advantage! Gray Jays thrive in cold, snowy conditions like these. In fact, they nest in the late winter period, incubating their eggs in temperatures that may drop below minus 20°F. Oddly, they do not attempt a second brood in the May–June breeding period used by other birds in boreal habitats, even though those warmer conditions would appear to be more favorable.