Backyard birds, April 27 2014

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by Brent Eades

It has been a while since my last post. This is in part because there haven’t been a lot of new birds in my yard, and in part because with the arrival of spring migrants I’ve been spending more time out in the field.

In particular I’ve been out raptor-watching with fellow members of the Ottawa Field Naturalists Club, principally along Thomas Dolan Parkway and Greenland Road by Constance Creek. We’ve seen a lot of hawks, eagles and vultures, including Golden Eagles on two occasions. It’s been fun.

My yard, as is usual at this time of year, has been dominated by Red-Winged Blackbirds, Brown-Headed Cowbirds and Grackles. Cardinals appear most days, as do various sparrows and finches. The Blue Jays seem to have moved on. Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers show up now and then. A few photos:

American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Grackle
Grackle
Northern Cardinal male
Northern Cardinal male
Hairy Woodpecker male
Hairy Woodpecker male
Purple Finch female
Purple Finch female