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Ontario FeederWatch

Location: Ontario, Canada

Camera Host: Tammie & Ben Haché

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January 13, 2017

Pine Grosbeaks Command the Ontario Feeders

Flocks of Pine Grosbeaks can be found at winter feeders offering sunflower seeds, but these thick-billed boreal finches also target insects and the buds, seeds, and fruits of various trees and shrubs – especially evergreens – to round out their diet throughout the year. 

January 10, 2017

Redpolls Dance Around Pine Grosbeaks

Common Redpolls are often seen using their small pointed, seed-eating bills to pluck nyjer and thistle from northern feeders, but they also scavenge on the scraps of bigger birds. The redpolls on the Ontario FeederWatch platform are careful to avoid the larger, seed-cracking Pine Grosbeaks while dining on the fragments of sunflower that they've left behind. 

January 06, 2017

Ruffed Grouse Passes Through Ontario

A snow-capped Ruffed Grouse dashed onto the stage of the Ontario FeederWatch Cam this morning. After perusing the selection on the platform, the grouse shuffles its way to the coniferous backdrop. In the northern areas of their range, Ruffed Grouse depend on snow as a wintertime roost, burying themselves at night in soft drifts that provide insulating cover. 

January 13, 2017

Pine Grosbeaks Command the Ontario Feeders

Flocks of Pine Grosbeaks can be found at winter feeders offering sunflower seeds, but these thick-billed boreal finches also target insects and the buds, seeds, and fruits of various trees and shrubs – especially evergreens – to round out their diet throughout the year. 

January 10, 2017

Redpolls Dance Around Pine Grosbeaks

Common Redpolls are often seen using their small pointed, seed-eating bills to pluck nyjer and thistle from northern feeders, but they also scavenge on the scraps of bigger birds. The redpolls on the Ontario FeederWatch platform are careful to avoid the larger, seed-cracking Pine Grosbeaks while dining on the fragments of sunflower that they've left behind. 

January 06, 2017

Ruffed Grouse Passes Through Ontario

A snow-capped Ruffed Grouse dashed onto the stage of the Ontario FeederWatch Cam this morning. After perusing the selection on the platform, the grouse shuffles its way to the coniferous backdrop. In the northern areas of their range, Ruffed Grouse depend on snow as a wintertime roost, burying themselves at night in soft drifts that provide insulating cover. 

April 24

Cam Offline For the Season

Our Ontario FeederWatchCam, sponsored by Perky-Pet, goes offline for Spring/Summer today. Check out this reel of highlights from this past season, and tell us about your favorite bird on the cam! Looking forward to another great season come Fall. Special thanks to cam hosts Tammie and Ben Haché for inviting us into their backyard! Also grateful to the volunteers who posted tirelessly about the cam to twitter, and the community that made sure we didn't miss a thing!  

March 30

Favorite Perky-Pet Feeder Contest Winner

The randomly-picked winner of our "What's Your Favorite Perky-Pet Feeder?" contest is Larry M. from Fort Collins, CO! Larry voted for the Copper Finish Triple Tube Feeder which was also the most popular feeder among all the entries. Congratulations on winning a Perky-Pet feeder, Larry! 

Commonly Seen Species

Common Redpoll

Common Redpolls are brown and white birds with heavily streaked sides. Look for a small red forehead patch, black feathering around a yellow bill, and two white wingbars. Males have a pale red vest on the chest and upper flanks. More

Hoary Redpoll

A small pale bird of the high Arctic, the Hoary Redpoll is a rare winter visitor to southern Canada and the northern United States. Compared to a Common Redpoll, Hoarys are paler with faint, almost nonexistent streaking on the sides, a smaller-looking bill, and an overall stockier appearance. More

Pine Grosbeak

Male Pine Grosbeaks have a pinkish-red head, breast, back and rump. Their wings are dark blackish brown with white wingbars and tertial edges. Females are yellowish olive on their head and rump with gray underparts and back. More

Evening Grosbeak

Adult male Evening Grosbeaks are yellow and black birds with a prominent white patch in the wings. They have dark heads with a bright-yellow stripe over the eye. Females and immatures are mostly gray, with white-and-black wings and a greenish-yellow tinge to the neck and flanks. More

Hairy Woodpecker

A medium-sized black and white woodpecker with a fairly square head, a long, straight, chisel-like bill, and stiff, long tail feathers to lean against on tree trunks. The bill is nearly the same length as the head, and males have a flash of red on the back of the head. More

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpeckers are small black and white versions of the classic woodpecker body plan. They have a straight, chisel-like bill, blocky head, wide shoulders, and straight-backed posture as they lean away from tree limbs and onto their tail feathers. The bill tends to look smaller for the bird’s size than in other woodpeckers. More

Black-capped Chickadee

A bird almost universally considered “cute” thanks to its oversized round head, tiny body, and curiosity about everything, including humans. The chickadee’s black cap and bib; white cheeks; gray back, wings, and tail; and whitish underside with buffy sides are distinctive. More

Gray Jay

Gray Jays are dark gray above and light gray below, with black on the back of the head forming a partial hood. Juveniles are grayish black overall, and usually show a pale gape at the base of the bill. They are stocky, fairly large songbirds with short, stout bills, round heads, and long tails. More

Ruffed Grouse

The dappled, grayish or reddish Ruffed Grouse is hard to see, but its “drumming on air” display is a fixture of many spring forests. It can come as a surprise to learn this distant sound, like an engine trying to start, comes from a bird at all. This plump grouse has a cocky crest and a tail marked by a broad, dark band near the tip. Displaying males expose a rich black ruff of neck feathers, giving them their name. More

About the Site

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The 2015 Ontario FeederWatch Cam is sponsored by Perky-Pet®.
The FeederWatch cam is located in a residential neighborhood in Manitouwadge, Ontario. This northern site is an excellent location to see winter finches like redpolls and grosbeaks as well as two species of Jays and even Ruffed Grouse! The feeders sit in the middle of a large backyard with a large birch tree that the birds love, as well as a mixed stand of conifers and several fruit and berry producing shrubs. There’s a small swamp just beyond the backyard as well as larger stands of woods and a small lake.

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The feeder system is the product of the camera hosts’ ingenuity, making use of plastic piping to support the feeders high enough above ground to foil the occasional squirrel, and a rotating set of feeders that provide black oil sunflower seeds, nyjer seed, whole and shelled peanuts, and peanut butter suet in a homemade hanging log to the dozens of species that visit.

About the Hosts

Tammie and Ben Hache have been members of Project FeederWatch since 2002, meticulously counting their backyard birds to help better understand what birds are doing throughout the winter. The years of FeederWatching have brought amazing views to the Haches; some of the highlights included counts with over 200 Evening Grosbeaks seen at once, high counts of 20+ Hoary Redpolls, an extremely out-of-range White-winged Dove, and the constant buzzing of hummingbirds in the summer. A winter of bird feeding requires a lot of food, too—last year over 750 lb of sunflower seeds were consumed by the hungry birds!

About Project FeederWatch

Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. FeederWatchers periodically count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April and send their counts to Project FeederWatch. FeederWatch data help scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Anyone with an interest in birds can participate in Project FeederWatch! There are people of all skill levels and backgrounds conducting FeederWatch counts, including children, families, individuals, classrooms, retired persons, youth groups, nature centers, and bird clubs.Learn More and Sign up Online