Sunday, May 16, 2010


I started keeping a list of birds that have been hanging around here in the lands of 29 Black Street. This old brick house is surrounded by a huge lot, a double lot and I've been told the largest yard in the village limits. And within this large lot we have several common avian habitats - small marsh and/or bog area, a petite forest and wild flower meadow like areas. The birds seem to love our terracotta gardens and I'm always trying to entice new species with a variety of seeds, nuts, suet, halved oranges nailed to trees and clusters of fat red grapes (a favourite of my Lady Baltimore's). I've been keeping track of sightings in the inside cover of my much loved and well used essential bible of bird watching - Peterson's Guide to Eastern Birds.

sparrow (haven't nailed down specific species)
downy woodpecker
common grackle
blue jay
purple finch (house finch)
gold finch
mourning dove
sharp shinned hawk (very occasional visitor - Phew !)
American red start
rose breasted grosbeak
red winged black bird
red crested kinglet
Baltimore oriole (the famous Lady Baltimore)
hairy woodpecker
cedar waxwing
bohemian waxwing
magnolia warbler
tufted titmouse
evening grosbeak
yellow throated warbler
brown headed cowbird
and of course the occasional seagull

along the harbour we see bald eagles, occasional osprey, kingfishers, cormorants and an huge assortment of ducks, gulls and long legged, pointy beaked shore boards that skittle along the waters edge in summer - like sandpipers and killdeers. Oh goodness and we can't forget the tres majestic great blue herons who haven't arrived just yet but I expect to see them anytime soon.


  1. I see you The Outlander is on your list of books. Are you enjoying it?

  2. Hi Jackie, YES ! very much so. It's a great story line and is beautifully written and one of those books that you jump right into and cruise along happily - my fav kind of read.

  3. ps. The Outlander by Gil Adamson not to be confused with Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (which I've heard is a great book also but one that I've not read).

  4. Great book. Awesome, we have never seen have of those beautiful birds
    Benny & Lily

  5. Lucky you! We have a surprising number of different birds, considering that we're so close to the city centre, but nothing quite as exciting as your list. Although I did watch a pair of kingfishers feeding young in their mudbank nesting hole the other evening, just at the bottom of my hill......

  6. oh my you DO have a wonderful bird sanctuary there!! i love that you're keeping track of the species.

  7. Whoa. I am seriously impressed. Here, i would say there about 5, if that. LOL!!


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