Update On Our Odd Backyard Visitors

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Update On Our Odd Backyard Visitors

Postby tozjohn » Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:07 pm

Just a short update on the unusual birds occupying our backyard, All three are still with us, in fact the Thrush is always with us. The Grackle and the Red-bellied Woodpecker come and go, stopping by every so often to grab a bite to eat and then disappearing for a spell. The Thrush however, is with us all day, flitting from feeder to feeder.The Thrush seems to get on quite well eating the sunflower hearts and lately has taken a liking for the peanut butter mixture in the woodpecker log. It took awhile but it acquired the knack to hold onto the side of the log like a woodpecker and dine at its leasure. It now becomes agitated if another bird lands on the log while its in the vicinity, even to the point that she attempted to knock a female Hairy from her perch on the log (very unsuccessfully).
However, we are a bit concerned as to whether the Thrush will survive the rest of the winter if it stays. It made it through the cold weather the other nite (minus 18 C = 0 F) with no problem. It appears to be eating only the suet or sunflower seed hearts as I think it will be unable to crack the black oil ones. For the next month and a half there will be no problems as we will be here to supply those staples, but in March and April we will be heading to south Texas for some birding. We will be spending a month in the RGV followed by another month at High Island. If the bird is still here at that time it will have to survive without our help. Hopefully it will either be gone south by then or it will find other food sources.
Today we had our first Redpolls visit, if only for a short time. Four birds came in with a flock of Goldfinches and fed on the sunflower hearts for about 15 minutes. Hopefully this is an indication that more are on the way. We also have been visited daily by a pair of male Pileated Woodpecker along with one female. This is the first time in many years where we have had 2 adult males feeding at our feeders at the same time this late in the season.
We will make further reports on the three unusual birds for this area at this time periodically.
Beat wishers for those of you who are celebrating "Little" Christmas on Thursday and best of birding for the rest of the year.

Linda and Ron Johnston
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada


Hermit Thrush - Fort Creek SSM ON, January 3, 2016.jpg
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Hermit Thrush on suet log - Fort Creek SSM ON, January 3, 2016.jpg
Hermit Thrush on suet log - Fort Creek SSM ON, January 3, 2016.jpg (202.79 KiB) Viewed 731 times

Common Grackle (George) on suet - Fort Creek SSM ON, January 3, 2016.jpg
Common Grackle (George) on suet - Fort Creek SSM ON, January 3, 2016.jpg (327.55 KiB) Viewed 731 times

Red-bellied Woodpecker (female) - Fort Creek SSM ON, January 3, 2016.jpg
Red-bellied Woodpecker (female) - Fort Creek SSM ON, January 3, 2016.jpg (191.36 KiB) Viewed 731 times
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Re: Update On Our Odd Backyard Visitors

Postby Russ Emmons » Thu Jan 07, 2016 12:38 am

Ron: Consider Hermit Thrush is one of the earliest neo-tropicals to arrive in the north in spring. Usually most here in April anyway so it may be OK unless is a very old or weakened individual that couldn't make the trek south this year

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