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Apr. 13, 2016

Still cool here at the nursery, but migrants are slowly returning.  American Kestrel pair has started nesting under the eaves again.  Eastern Bluebirds have checked out the nest box.  We have seen recently Tree SwallowEastern Phoebe, Turkey Vulture and Eastern Meadowlark.  A Mallard is nesting in the perennial beds (again!).  Across the road we have heard American Woodcocks.  The fields to the west of the nursery are flooded and attracting waterfowl such as Canada Goose, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal and American Wigeon.

Jan 20, 2016

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk was chasing Mourning Doves this morning.  At the feeders are Dark-eyed JuncosAmerican Tree SparrowsBlue Jays and American Crow.

January 14, 2016  

With the continuing snow, regular visitors to the feeders include Mourning Doves, Black-capped ChickadeesDark-eyed, JuncosAmerican Tree SparrowsBlue Jays.  I'm still seeing American Crows  and Canada Geese.  Some raptor (Cooper's Hawk?) left this 'wing print' out by the wood pile.

December 29, 2015  The first real snowfall this winter brought birds into the feeding area.  Along with Dark-eyed Juncos we had a White-throated Sparrow  and an American Kestrel.

October 5, 2015

Tufted Titmouse

Over the last week we've had a steady stream of migrants.  Flocks of Blue Jays and Red-winged Blackbirds fly over.  This past weekend there have been good numbers of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and White-crowned Sparrows.  Other visitors have included Golden-crowned Kinglets, Lincoln Sparrow, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped (myrtle) Warbler  and Philadelphia Vireo.  A surprise visitor today was a Tufted Titmouse!

September 10 2015


A change in the weather brought a lot of migrants this morning including Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Green, Blackpoll, Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Also in the gardens were Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Blue-headed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, House Wren, White-throated Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow and Common Yellowthroat.  Resident birds include a lot of young American Goldfinches and Chipping SparrowsBlue Jays are starting to move through and we had a fly over of a Common Raven.

August 22, 2015  

Lots of young birds around these days.  Today we had Chipping Sparrows, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Baltimore Orioles.  In the back field are large flocks of Canada Geese.  A Merlin flew over this morning chased by an Eastern Kingbird.

June 25, 2015

The American Kestrel young emerged from their nest this week.  There were 4 this year and they are now practising flying from the roof to the tree.  THe parents still deliver meals.

A new sighting for the nursery were 2 Chimney Swifts that flew over this week.  Tree Swallows have all left the nest boxes.

June 8 2015

A Pileated Woodpecker checks out the wooden beams of the raised vegetable bed

May 29, 2015We were very excited to have a flock of Whimbrel fly over this morning.  About 20 large shore birds in a clear 'V' were heading quickly north.

May 2015

Plenty of spring migrants have visited the nursery for brief visits:  Scarlet Tanager, Black-throated Green Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Fox Sparrow, Greater Yellowlegs.  In the bird houses are nesting Tree Swallows.  In the back fields we hear Upland Sandpiper, Vesper Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Bobolink, Horned Lark

April 2015

American Kestrels have returned once again and are nesting under the eaves of the house.

January 30, 2015        

Cold winds and snow the past few days.  Regular visitors to the feeder include a large flock of Mourning Doves, and a group of about a dozen Dark-eyed Juncos.  Other residents include Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch,  and Downy Woodpecker.  A Cooper's Hawk is a a semi-regular visitor (attracted to the Doves).


November 18, 2014 The first snows have arrived and birds are attracted to the feeders.  Regular visitors are Blue Jays, Chickadees, Juncos, Mourning Doves, and American Goldfinches. Other recent sightings have included White-crowned Sparrow, a flock of Snow Buntings, Hairy and Downy Woodpecker, Red-winged Blackbird.

October 16, 2014

 Small invasion today of Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warblers.  Still a lot of Juncos and assorted Sparrows.

October 11, 2014

 Eastern Bluebirds  

A lot of migrants were moving through the nursery today:  Eastern Bluebirds, Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creeper, Juncos, Merlin, American Kestrel, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Robins, Nashville Warbler and Blue Jays.

September 23, 2014

 Lincoln Sparrow  

Migrants are starting to trickle through the nursery.  Last week we had a Wilson's Warbler in the naturalized area.  Today there has been a steady stream of Blue Jays as well as a Nashville Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow as well as flocks of Canada Geese in the back field.  Yound American Goldfinches and Eastern Phoebes are around most of the day.

uly 28, 2014

The young American Kestrels continue to hang around the nursery practising their hunting skills (and making a lot of noise).

July 19, 2014 Eastern Bluebird

Young Eastern Bluebirds have been around the nursery all week.

 July 6, 2014Young families are around the nursery this days including vocal Meadowlarks, Grackles and Eastern Bluebirds


Eastern Meadowlark

June 30, 2014

  American Kestrel

The American Kestrels nesting under our roof fledged today - three chicks.  The parents are very busy bringing in food, mostly voles and sparrows.

June 15, 2014The EASTERN BLUEBIRDS fledged today from the front Swallow box.  The young TREE SWALLOWS are also out and lying around.

 May 9, 2014First sightings of spring migrants:

May 7, 2014

Northern Mockingbird 

A NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD came through the Nursery today, singing for about 15 minutes and posing for a picture before flying away.  This is the first one we've seen at the nursery.  We also had BOBOLINKS flying over for the first time this spring. 

April 5, 2014Brown-headed Cowbirds
BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS were back today along the laneway.  Other sightings this month:
April 7 - AMERICAN KESTREL pair back and checking out nesting hole, April 10 - COMMON RAVEN flying by, April 11 - EASTERN PHOEBE, April 19 - TREE SWALLOW, April 21- CHIPPING SPARROW, April 22 - GREAT BLUJE HERON, April 23- OSPREY

March 31, 2014

Eastern Bluebird   Eastern Bluebird

A pair of EASTERN BLUEBIRDS have been checking out the Swallow boxes

March 13, 2014


 A NORTHERN SHRIKE has been hanging around the nursery for about a week.


Oct. 1, 2013

We've had a busy fall but the birds are still around.  Right now we have many young American Goldfinches.  Recent migrating visitors have included Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Winter Wren, Black-throated Green Warbler, and Blue Jays.

July 4, 2013

The Kestrel family has successfully fledged with 3 noisy offspring.  The parents have been busy feeding them while they learn how to fly

June 15, 2013
Red-headed Woodpecker

The Red-headed Woodpecker was back this morning and posed for a few shots.
The Kestrel parents are busy bringing food to the nest all day.  Upland Sandpipers  were calling yesterday.

May 29, 2013

Three Osprey spent some time on the tower of the grain bins next door to the nursery.  Blackpoll Warblers are migrating through and can be heard singing.  Mourning Doves have finished their 2nd nest and the young are everywhere.

May 21, 2013
A Red-headed Woodpecker spent some time in the big ash tree behind the nursery this morning (sorry no, photograph - he was shy).

May 9, 2013

A very secretive Mallard nested under the Cedar in the rock garden without anyone noticing.  She took the 10 ducklings over to the pond this morning.

April 25, 2013

A Pileated Woodpecker who comes by sometimes checked out the new woodpile for ants.

April 10, 2013

A pair of American Kestrels has returned and is checking out the nesting area under the eaves.  A male Northern Harrier has been by a few times.  Yesterday an early Tree Swallow flew over.  Eastern Meadowlarks are in the fields.  Hundreds of Mallards with a few Black Ducks have been in the corn fields behind the nursery. 

March 21, 2013

An early nesting Mourning Dove has set up shop in our sales kiosk.

March 19, 2013

Northern Shrike

Returning migrants have been around the last week (American Robin, Red-winged Blackbird and Common Grackle).  Today a Northern Shrike stayed for a few minutes.

Feb. 19, 2013

Snow Bunting  Snow Bunting

In the middle of some snow flurries a large flock (60+) of Snow Buntings was feeding in the fields around the nursery this morning.January 2, 2013

There has not been a lot of bird activity recently and I have been away from the nursery during the days so sightings have been reduced.  A large flock of Common Redpolls has been feeding in the back meadow garden.