I mentioned in my last Friday Flowers post that Grandma's birthday was on May 10th. I was looking through her birding scrapbook and found this scorecard that was filled out at her birthday picnic at the farm on May 12, 1944 when she was 48 years old. The bird on the front of the tally card was adorned with real feathers.
The object of the game was to see who could identify the most birds. Grandma's card had 21 birds listed, including six different warblers;- a very good tally for the Toronto area in early May. See how she crammed her writing, obviously confident that she would be filling more than the 16 spaces alloted on the card. I wonder if it is possible to find the number and variety of birds in the same area on this weekend, 63 years later? The big city is eating up the farmland to the north with bedroom communities for commuters.
Jack Miner's Bird Sanctuary, which is still operational. These pictures were taken in 1947 during a five day birding trip. It looks like they had good weather and a great deal of fun! Today, Point Pelee is a five hour drive from Grandma's hometown of Aurora, using the super fast Highway 401. It would have taken all day to get there in the 1940's, driving through the small towns and countryside of south-western Ontario. These were adventurous ladies in their day!