This Week: Planning on backyard birding

birding

Pictured: Red-shouldered hawk. North America has lost close to 3 billion birds since the 1970s, almost a third of the entire bird population. The main reasons for this decline are habitat loss and degradation, as well as collision with man-made structures, such as buildings and power lines. These factors have had a particularly devastating effect … Read more

Injured Cedar Waxwings

Cedar waxwing

This morning we heard that dreaded sound of birds crashing into a window in our house, but this time it was not one, but two birds, cedar waxwings that struck a window, and then fell to our deck below. My wife Ada let out a scream as birds rained down on her. I quickly lept … Read more

A nature-focused garden

An Amazing Bird Journey

You can design a nature-focused garden that helps create patches of habitat that are beneficial to birds – year-round residents, winter visitors, local breeding birds, and also those that are passing through during spring and fall migrations. When you garden with birds in mind, your property can become part of a larger conservation initiative to … Read more

Mute swan hatched in Hamilton

Baby mute swan

Today we witnessed the birth of a baby mute swan, down at Bayfront Park in Hamilton. That’s one for the bucket list. The name ‘mute’ derives from it being less vocal than other swan species. Measuring 125 to 170 cm (49 to 67 in) in length, this large swan is wholly white in plumage with … Read more