Bird Tweet of the Week0
Alexander MacDonald, Manager of Protected Areas at Nature Canada has been featured on CBC Radio’s In Town & Out program every Saturday since June.
Check out these “Bird Tweet of the Week” segments which have already aired and stay tuned for this week’s episode.
• Snow Bunting: aired Saturday Nov 23, 2013
Known collectively as a ‘drift’, snow buntings have the northernmost winter range of any passerine, or perching bird, other than the Common Raven, and they have feathered tarsi, or ankle areas, which help them retain crucial body heat in the cold.
• Brant: aired Saturday Nov 16, 2013
Although the Brant could be considered the doppelgänger of the Canada Goose, Brant fly in a straight line formation.
• Dunlin: aired Saturday Nov 9, 2013
Known collectively as a ‘fling’ of Dunlins, this medium-size sandpiper is a circumpolar breeder that is recognized by birders throughout the northern hemisphere.
• Pileated Woodpecker: aired Saturday Nov 2, 2013
The Pileated Woodpecker is a year-round resident of our region that, despite its size, nests in large cavities it excavates itself in trees – often standing dead trees.
• Peregrine Falcon: aired Saturday Oct 26, 2013
Since being very nearly wiped-out in the 1950s and 60s due to the widespread use of the pesticide DDT, this crow-sized bird has made a dramatic comeback across North America.
• Rusty Blackbird: aired Saturday Oct 19, 2013
As its name suggests, the Rusty Blackbird can be considered rusty in two respects: first because of its metallic song and second because of the rust-coloured plumage of the female and non-breeding males.
• Northern Saw-Whet Owl: aired Saturday Oct 12, 2013
The common name Saw-whet Owl comes from the bird’s whine-like call that sounds like the sharpening, or whetting, of a handsaw blade.
• Yellow-Rumped Warbler: aired Saturday Oct 5, 2013
he species is known for its habit of migrating in large groups that will descend on fruit-bearing bushes in the fall creating a cacophony of chipping sounds and fleeting flashes of yellow.
• Ring-billed Gull: aired Saturday Sept 28, 2013
This is just one of four gulls found locally throughout the year, and this medium sized gull actually migrates.
• Solitary Sandpiper: aired Saturday Sept 21, 2013
This shore bird prefers to migrate along and nests in trees. Two behaviours which set it apart from other shorebirds.
• Common Nighthawk: aired Saturday Sept 14, 2013
The Common Nighthawk is crepuscular, meaning it is active around dusk and dawn. It is a master of camouflage that roosts invisibly by day either on the ground, on a perch or in a tree.
• Purple Martin: aired Saturday Sept 7, 2013
Purple Martins are found locally during migration and breeding between mid-April and early July, and gather in large flocks and move through the region throughout August, vanishing by Labour Day.
• American Goldfinch: aired Saturday Aug 31, 2013
At the feeder, Goldfinches are noisy and boisterous, and always appear to be squabbling with each other.
• Great Egret: aired Saturday Aug 24, 2013
the call of this stark white bird brings to mind a dinosaur. You won’t likely hear it unless the birds are in courtship, on the nest or startled
• Cedar Waxwing: aired Saturday Aug 17, 2013
Local observations of this species occur year-round but peak from early June before dropping-off in mid-September. Look for waxwings feasting on Sumac berries during the winter months.
• Red-Eyed Vireo: aired Saturday Aug 10, 2013
The song of the Red-Eyed Vireo has an intonation which makes it sound like a series of questions and answers.
• Hermit Thrush: aired Saturday Aug 3, 2013
Hermit Thrushes breed in our region in all forest types, where their nests are located low in vegetation or on the ground. They can often be spotted or heard near clearings or along trails in wooded areas, but don’t expect them to visit your feeder. They feed on insects on the forest floor and in vegetation using their feet to rummage through leaf litter.
• House Finch: aired Saturday July 27, 2013
House Finches now thrive in our yards, parks and urban centres. They nest in all types of trees, and even in building vents and hanging planters. You’ll see or hear them calling year-round from tall trees and hydro-lines.
• Common Grackle: aired Saturday July 20, 2013
A “plague” of grackles might be mistaken for crows, but look closely, these birds are actually iridescent with a purple/blue-green sheen to their heads and bronzy iridescent bodies.
• Bobolink: aired Saturday July 13, 2013
When was the last time you heard the Star Wars robot R2-D2 in a field? What you actually heard was probably a singing male Bobolink.
• Chimney Swift: aired Saturday July 6, 2013
You will rarely see a Chimney Swift except in flight since they can’t perch like other birds. Instead they use long claws to cling to vertical surfaces, including the insides of chimneys and air ducts where they nest and roost, which is where they get their name.
• White-throated Sparrow: aired Saturday June 29, 2013
Celebrate Canada Day with the White-throated Sparrow. Its song is a clear, slightly wavering whistle that sounds like “Oh sweeeet Canada Canada Canada”.
The Lac Deschénes – Ottawa River Important Bird Area Program is lead by Nature Canada as the Canadian co-partner for Bird Life International along with our local partners the Ottawa Field Naturalists Club and club des ornithologues de l’outaouais.
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