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  • Carol
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    Activity 2 I explored Merlin likely birds Chickadee and Blue Jay is year round and do remember seeing in winter and in my backyard. Downy Woodpecker is year round although will need watch for it in winter. I only remember seeing in spring and summer. It was in my backyard a lot in May but now is infrequent. Grey Catbird and Brown Thrasher are May to October. The Thrasher I see in my yard, the Catbird in a local park. I will need to watch for them and see how late in the season I see them. The wood Duck is April to October.  We see them every year in a local park but I am trying to watch for them more as they nest there and hope to see their young.
  • Carol
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    Activity 1- Birds matter to me in that I enjoying watching them and photographing them. This course has taught me a lot. I was amazed at the number of birds lost but happy to hear of the gains in some species. Activity 2- I will look into planting native species. I do have a lot of plants in my garden and avoid pesticides. I try to use safer methods to help with insects in the garden, like soap mixture that is not harmful. I get an organic product from friends that do organic gardening. I put out bird seed regularly Activity 3 - I am seeing more Wood Ducks in our area which was one of the ducks that population grew.  I feel I see less warblers all this year did see more than some years. Activity 4 - I participated in May 9 bird day and tried to submit many checklists. I will look into the Project Feeder watch for the winter. I was amazed how all these lists from all over the world help in bird research.
  • Carol
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    Activity 2 I have been watching birds at my Feeders in the last month. The White Throated sparrow and White crowned are mainly ground feeders and are under the feeder getting what falls down.( unfortunately they have now left) The Juncos were ground feeders mainly. I had Clay Colored sparrows at my feeders.  The Flickers in the yard are not at my feeder but on the lawn looking for food. The House and Purple finchs are at the feeder and they seem to really like the one with sunflower seeds. They also have been at the Oriole Feeder. The American Goldfinch are at the feeders. The House Sparrows are mostly at the feeders but also on the ground. The Rose Breasted Grosbeak was mainly at feeder.The Chipping Sparrow is mainly at Feeder.  The Mourning Dove was mainly feeding on ground under feeder at things dropped down. I had Cedar Waxwings one day but they only in my apple tree eating blossoms. The Baltimore Oriole was mainly at the Oriole feeder, unfortunately he is not around much
  • Carol
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    Activity 1 I found a park in my area that I often go to. On EBird, even though this is not a Hotspot, other people have listed similarly and I look at what they are seeing and know what to expect. I use Merlin app of likely birds to help me narrow down a bird I have seen. I have also talked to people in the park that I recognize from EBird lists.   Activity 2 I was at Oak Hammock in Manitoba, There were a lot of Shorebirds. I saw one and took a picture of one I was not sure of what was. By the likely shorebirds and my picture I identified a Dunlin a new bird for me 0B4A58690B4A5876  
  • Carol
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    Activity 1 - I have been using EBird list and doing checklists when I go out birding. I try and photograph the birds. This can help me identify the bird later as I find it hard to note all the things I need to to identify a bird I am not sure of the identity. One recently was a Tennessee Warbler that without my photos I would not have identified. I check regularly EBird lists from people in my area to get an idea what birds are out there. I upload my photos to my list. I am using Merlin app to help ID.  If I think I know the bird , but not 100% sure, I enter in EBird and click on link to Merlin app to go to bird picture and details to confirm my sighting
  • Carol
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    Beautiful photos!!
  • Carol
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    Thanks for posting photos. Fun to see birds we can only see if we travel.
  • Carol
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    I think as someone else did that is female Baltimore Oriole. I have been fooled by those, helpful if the male is around. Also need to know the size of bird.
  • Carol
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    Activity 1 - 2 birds outside my kitchen window - Mourning Dove and Flicker. Mourning Dove often on fence or in tree and different shape. Flicker on ground hopping and pecking at the ground eating or up in a tree. Activity 2 - Ducks - white and Black - Lesser Scaup - white patch on body, top body greyish  and bill bluish color. Ring Necked Duck - white part on body and bill have white stripes. Bufflehead - white spot body and head, smaller duck.  Saw all three today. Using the spotting scope really helped. What I had thought was a Scaup was a Ring Necked Duck when I used scope, ducks too far away to see all details with binoculars. Also when rainy one day I could not see blue bill. Activity 3 - Northern Harrier flying low to ground to swoop down and catch food. Flicker hopping along and pecking into grass looking for ants. Bufflehead swimming and then diving down in the water for food Activity 4 Saw an American Kestral today eating something on a branch. Was not sure it was a  falcon or a hawk I was seeing. Entered grey, orange and white, in a tree, had location at, and size between a robin and crow. Kestral was first one in list. Got our scope on bird and took a picture and that was the bird.
  • Carol
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    nice pictures, I think the  middle one is a  Eastern Towhee, beautiful bird
  • Carol
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    Great picture. I rarely see Owls except Snowy ones on telephone poles
  • Carol
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    Activity 1- I enjoyed exploring the wall of birds. A number of favorites are ones we see at  Lake of the Woods, and I so hope we can travel there this summer. Those are Great Blue Heron, Pelicans, Bald Eagles and Loons. I love the loons song at nite. Activity 2 - I am envious of all the birds in some peoples yards. So far I have seen Songbirds - lots of Juncos at our feeder. I am waiting for the American Goldfinch to arrive. Bluejays have been around all winter.  I have seen lots of Raptors on drives  through the Pembina Valley as their numbers are increasing now, lots of Red Tailed Hawks ( picture attached). Another Raptor I saw that was so beautiful was the American Kestral.   We have also seen swimming birds- a number of Mallard pairs on our drives. Activity 3 - one of my favourite birds we saw on a walk this evening in a creek at a local park. They come back every year. Luckily I took my binoculars with me. It was a male and female Wood Duck. Attached is a picture from another year.0B4A46400B4A4651wood duck edit
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