Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Coming and Going

Juncos and Tree Sparrows are coming from their far northern nesting ranges to spend the winter with us in southern Ontario. The Juncos sit on the picnic table below the feeder and peck around for fallen seeds. I always put a handful on the ground especially for them.

I hear the the Tree Sparrows before I see them as they flit and cheep in the thickets and shrubs along the river. Winter has come for the birds...


...and I am going for a while. See you in a week or so.

18 comments:

  1. i didn't realize that any birds aside for some mixed-up geese consider this to be a winter destination. It's all relative, I guess.

    Have a good going.

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  2. Hi Ruth....yes winter has indeed come for the birds....lovely photographs......

    wherever you are going.... safe journey and have fun.......

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  3. I once heard scattering seads on the ground attracts rats. Anyway, I'm praying for your leg to heal so you can go to your daughter's wedding.

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  4. Yes happy traveling ... I home you can manage okay with that knee!

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  5. Winter has come. Enjoy your journey.

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  6. Happy travels ... hopefully to a warmer climate! There's a side of me that misses the snow, though.

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  7. Those Tree Sparrows are handsome birds with those fancy caps.-Have a safe trip!

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  8. Nice colours on the tree sparrow.

    Many blessings and congrats as you add a son-in-law to your family. Enjoy yourself and savor each moment...they will go by quick!

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  9. Ruth,

    I enjoyed the bird photos. Thanks so much for sharing. I had a bit of catching up to do.

    Enjoy your trip, my friend.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  10. Have a great trip, Ruth. I'll be gone, too. Going to New Mexico for the Crane Festival. We'll catch up with each other when we both get back.

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  11. I saw my first Junco on Saturday. Have some nice time away Ruth. :c)

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  12. I've only had one dark-eyed junco and no tree sparrows as yet, but they must be heading my way..

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  13. Seems rather early for all of that snow-cover, but none-the-less, great shots.

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  14. Yes winter has come for the birds. Most of ours have flown south. Have a safe journey. See you when you get back.

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  15. You have snow! Its really quite amazing perhaps that we don't have any yet. Today we have heavy rains with a +17C degrees. Tree Sparrows are my most favourite little winter birds and they stay around our feeders until they leave again in the spring. I especially like feeding them as they need to feed frequently as I don't think they have much of a back up storage unit in their systems. Lovely pictures.

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  16. I hope you are having good trip Ruth and enjoying the warmth and sun.

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