Photos from the Neighbourhood... Some Wildlife!
This is simply a short list of the more common birds in the area. The avid birder can add many more to this list. Additions would be welcome.
Blue Jay, Cyanocitta crostata.
Cardinal, Cardinals cardinalis. This onetime exclusively Southern Ontario bird has made its way into our area and added a welcome flash of colour and song.
Gray Catbird, Dumetella carolinensis.
Cedar Waxwing, Bobycilla cedrorum.
Chickadee, Poecile atricapillus.
Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescent. The smaller of the woodpeckers.
Flicker, Colaptes auratus.
Goldfinch, Spinus tristis.
Grackle, Quiscalus quiscula.
Gray Jay, Whiskey Jack, Perisoreus canadensis.
"A two-year-long, Canada-wide search has resulted in the gray jay, also known as the whiskey jack, being chosen as Canada's national bird by the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. Some feel the name should adopt Canadian spelling and the bird should be referred to as the 'grey jay.' (JONATHAN HAYWARD / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Nov. 2016.
Great-Horned Owl, Bubo virginianus. Sometimes seen when being chased by a flock of crows.
Hairy Woodpecker, Picoides villosus.
Mallard Duck, Anas platyrhynchos. These water birds have been increasingly populating the Pinewood area in ditches, lawns and in the creek.
Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura.
Oriole, Icterus galbula.
Pigeon and Dove These birds seem to hang around together and are very savvy at finding
bird feeders in the neighbourhood. Check the link for ample information.
Pileated Woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus. One of the more spectacular of the birds seen here.
Purple Finch, Carpodacus purpureus.
Red Winged Black Bird, Agelaius phoenixes.
Robin Turdus migrators. Welcome Spring when these birds return!
Ruby Throated Hummingbird, Archilochus colubris.
Snowy Owl, Bubo scandiacus. Occasionally these birds are seen in this area.
Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia. White Crowned Sparrow and
White Throated Sparrow.
Starling, Sternus vulgaris.
Veery, Wilsons Thrush, Catharus fuscenscens.
Warblers, Cardellini canadensis. Many varieties especially in the early spring migration.
Blue Jay (above)
Cedar Waxwing (above)
Gray Jay a.k.a. Whiskey Jack (above)
Pileated Woodpecker (above)
Ruby Throated Hummingbird (above)
Song Sparrow (above)
Cicada, Insect Order Hemiptera.
Cricket, Insect Order Orthoptera.
Dragonfly, Insect Order Odonata.
Damselfly, Insect Order Odonata.
Katydid, Insect Order Orthoptera.
Mayfly/Shadfly, Insect Order Ephemeroptera.
Monarch Butterfly, Insect Order Lepidoptera.
Mosquito, Insect Order Diptera.
Mourning Cloak Butterfly, Insect Order Lepidoptera.
Swallow Tail Butterfly, Insect Order Lepidoptera.
Beaver, a recent newcomer to the creek area of our park (June, 2017) however, for only a short time. His dam-building skills were so advanced that with assistance, he was relocated.
Black Bear, occasionally bruin will be seen wandering in this civilized environment.
Chipmunk, often spoiled with peanuts in many backyards.
White-tailed Deer, frequently are attracted to the gardens, bird feeders and apple trees in the backyards.
Fox (one) has been sighted most recently in the Winter of 2017, a new resident of our neighbourhood park!
Mice, Moles, and Shrews, not often seen but they are present.
Porcupine (two) recently spotted in several backyards (Fall, 2016 & Spring 2017).
Rabbit, The presence of very nice back yard vegetable gardens provides a great spot for "Peter Rabbit" to hang out.
Raccoon, These masked bandits are seldom seen in the green belt but often heard at night rattling around neighbourhood garbage cans the night before garbagecollection day.
Red, Grey and Black Squirrel, having access to the nuts and seeds of the many bird feeders helps keep a small population of squirrels happy in the area.
Weasel (one) has been sighted in the Spring of 2017, another new resident in our neighbourhood park!
White Tailed Deer (above)