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Diners at Shirley's Bay

A few recent customers at the Shirley's Bay feeders on Hilda Road.

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White-Crowned Sparrows are migrating through right now. I think they are one of North America's most handsome sparrows. We only see them in Ottawa in spring and fall--they breed well north of us.

"Seriously, this is it? This is the famous Shirley's Bay bird smorgasbord?"

" mean this was for the birds?"

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White-Breasted Nuthatch

The White-Throated Sparrow is an abundant spring and fall migrant in Ottawa, and an abundant breeder just a little north of us. Listen for their distinctive, plaintive "deeaar sweeet Canada Canada Canada" in summer in "cottage country"--or at Mer Bleue, one of Ottawa's few breeding grounds for the species.

Pileated Woodpecker and fall colorsIndian summer


October 12th, 2012 at 9:05 pm
Pretty birds... I hope to catch a glimpse of them this fall!

I like your cap on #2.

#1: "I'm sexy and I know it!"

October 18th, 2012 at 10:07 pm
Yes, the food's been a little sparse at Shirley's Bay these days. Great photos - love those White-crowned Sparrows!

October 18th, 2012 at 10:45 pm
In truth the birds weren't having too much trouble finding food, but I thought it made a cute caption with the rather unimpressed-seeming expression on the sparrow's face :-)

I'm giving consideration to installing/stocking a feeder or two at Shirley's Bay this winter. The main thing holding me back is that I'm worried anything I put up could get stolen.

BTW, Jack Pine is a great place for seeing Fox Sparrows right now. Saw four of them in one day on Tuesday!