Christmas Day Birding

Once the gifts are unwrapped, and breakfast cleared away, we like to take a walk on Christmas morning if the weather is decent. This December 25 was cloudy, windless and mild at minus 3 C. Our circular route might take us down the hill to the lake, along the lakeshore and back up several different hilly roads to home. We’ll pass several neighbourhood ‘habitats’ — landscaped yards, vacant lots with mixed woods, boarded-up cottages along the lake, a small section of sandy beach and of course the lake itself with a backdrop of mountains. All offer birding opportunities. And back at home, the feeder hanging off the back deck draws a crowd several times a day.

Pine siskins gobbling up sunflower seed

Pine siskins gobbling up sunflower seed

Here’s our 2012 Christmas Day list:

  •  Bufflehead
  •  Common Merganser
  •  Common Goldeneye
  •  Mallard
  •  American coot
  •  Black-capped chickadee
  •  Mountain chickadee
  •  Red-breasted nuthatch
  •  Song sparrow
  •  Pine siskin (see pictures)
  •  House finch
  •  Oregon Junco
  •  Robin
  •  Crow
  •  Pileated woodpecker
  •  Northern flicker
  •  White-winged crossbill
  •  Bohemian waxwing
  •  Pied-billed grebe
  •  Bald eagle (immature)

Others sighted during the week include:

  • pine grosbeak
  • American goldfinch
  • golden-crowned kinglet
Pine siskns resting in hawthorn tree

Pine siskns resting in hawthorn tree

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