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Ontario FeederWatch

Location: Ontario, Canada

Camera Host: Tammie & Ben Haché

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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

First Redpolls Of The Ontario FeederWatch Cam Season

This group of Common Redpolls marks the first visit of the season by these arctic finches to the Ontario FeederWatch cam. 

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. 

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

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. 

December 11, 2017

First Redpolls Of The Ontario FeederWatch Cam Season

This group of Common Redpolls marks the first visit of the season by these arctic finches to the Ontario FeederWatch cam. 

November 07

The Ontario FeederWatch Cam is Back!

A new season of the Ontario FeederWatch cam is now live from the bird-friendly backyard of cam hosts Tammie and Ben Haché in Manitouwadge, Ontario! Now's your chance to welcome in the winter months with your favorite boreal bird species. Tune in to see colorful grosbeaks and curious jays peruse the daily offerings on the large feeder platform, while scores of redpolls and quick-picking chickadees target the cam's wide variety of hanging feeders (supplied by cam sponsor Perky-Pet®). Be sure to get a front row seat and check out your favorite species! More...

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

Perky Pet Bird Feeders
The 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