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A few new species

September 6, 2012

I’ve been travelling a lot in August – trip to the Saguenay, trip to Vancouver, and trip to Waskaganish – and not spending much time around the apartment or on the balcony.   In the last few days, two species were added though, putting me at 76 coming into September – Red-breasted Nuthatch and Purple Finch.  Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) is one of my favourite birds.  I hope that they hang around this winter.  We took the sunflower seed feeder down in June and since have only maintained a nyjar feeder and the water.

New camera works well!

For the last month, the activity of Goldfinches and Chickadees on the Nyjar and the water is non-stop. These birds are so entertaining.  We noticed young goldies, as we call them, hanging on the feeder beside their parents, begging to be fed with high squeaks and wing flutters.  They are totally endearing!   As soon as we move the door to the balcony, the goldies leave, but the Chickadees are nearly fearless.  We can be standing a metre from the feeder and water, and the Chickadee will still come.   We have had some visits from Ruby-throated Hummingbirds also.   Hopefully my colleagues will update me soon, and at the end of September, I can present the whole picture, as I edge closer to 80 species.

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