Sunday 14 January 2018

Seeds and Sparrows

This afternoon I went back to Fanshawe Conservation Area with my aunt. We didn't go back on any of the trails, so no interesting mammal sightings today, but we still saw some awesome stuff!

We started out feeding the Black-capped Chickadees and Red-breasted Nuthatches. Yesterday we forgot to bring some seeds, but today we remembered! About 20 chickadees came in right away!

We wandered around a bit before heading back to the parking lot to get picked up by my grandfather. While waiting, I noticed a flurry of activity near a trailhead. I went over to check it out, and was pleased to see numerous tree sparrows, juncos and cardinals.

While photographing some of the Dark-eyed Juncos, I noticed a larger, sparrow-like bird. It was a Fox Sparrow, which is an uncommon winter visitor in Middlesex!

I also found a couple White-throated Sparrows, which are my first for the year.

It was a great finish to an otherwise quiet outing. Time for school again!


  1. Two more great days of birding... thanks, Quinten!
    "Dive-bombing" squirrels and coyotes... what's next on our birding adventures? Black bears? Moose? Only time will tell...😉

  2. Nice! I've hand fed birds before, but a Red-breasted Nuthatch!!... I'd be floored. I haven't even seen one until last January :)

    1. It will only be a matter of time before a curious Red-breasted Nuthatche checks you out!