An Insider's Guide to Waterloo Region

Interesting places on and off the beaten track

Posts Tagged ‘Birding


Lakeside Park, Kitchener

Canada Goose goslings are really cute for about a week. These are the first newly hatched ones I have seen this spring.

Written by Ruth

May 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm

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Tree Swallow Real Estate

Tree Swallows have returned this spring and are checking out the best nesting boxes for raising their families. There are a number of boxes along the RIM Park trail in Waterloo and at Guelph Lake Conservation Area. I enjoy watching Tree Swallows build their nests in the spring and find them one of the prettiest birds of the season.

Written by Ruth

April 15, 2011 at 10:22 pm

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Spring at Riverside Park in Cambridge

Skunk cabbage flower, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-winged Blackbird, Blue Jay, Mallard Duck, Chickadee, Song Sparrow

Here is a collage of pictures taken this morning at Riverside Park in Cambridge. (the Osprey was outside the park along the Grand River)

Written by Ruth

April 9, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Fluffed up in the Cold

Cold weather increases the energy needs of wild birds. This male House Finch is fluffed up to help insulate itself from the cold. I will be filling the feeders to the top before the winter storm which is predicted to start tomorrow night.

Written by Ruth

January 31, 2011 at 9:05 pm

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Winter Robins

Grand River, Homer Watson Park opposite Pioneer Tower

I walked along the Grand River in Homer Watson Park yesterday. It was very cold and bleak as I stepped over big chunks of river ice which were thrown up on the banks during the recent thaw. This is one of the few areas of the river that has open water within the city limits. The nearby water treatment plant discharges treated water here and it seldom freezes over in this area opposite the Pioneer Tower. I was looking for birds and saw the usual species in the trees and water. Then I noticed some unusual birds on the edge of the ice. Robins! A flock of about 30 birds was in the trees below the tower and they came to the edge of the river for a drink. The light was poor and the bottom picture was taken with digital zoom but there is no mistaking these birds.

Written by Ruth

January 14, 2011 at 8:19 am

Ducks on the River

I walked along the Linear Trail after work yesterday. The Grand River is ice free following the thaw and rain we had last weekend and is home to many ducks which come south to winter in our region. Goldeneye, Bufflehead and Merganser ducks are found along this stretch of the river. This memorial bench is ideally situated for watching the river. On the opposite bank is the RARE Charitable Research Reserve. It is not uncommon to see deer on these river flats.

Common Mergansers and Common Goldeneye Ducks on the Grand River


Written by Ruth

January 5, 2011 at 7:59 am

White-breasted Nuthatch

Sunday’s wet snow hardened into ice very quickly with the cold north winds have lowered the temperatures considerably. Our feeders are very busy as the birds need more food to keep warm. This White-breasted Nuthatch found the suet feeder encased in ice yet it hammered away to get a few seeds.

Written by Ruth

December 14, 2010 at 12:07 am

Posted in Birding, Weather and Seasons

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