Robbie Gallant Nature Photography
The feeders have been extremely active this winter season on a daily basis and have attracted a few species I haven't seen since my move to the island. Migrating Evening Grosbeaks stuck around for the first part of the season along with a single Red-breasted Grosbeak. American Goldfinch, B.C Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Blue Jay, Hairy and Downy Woodpecker and Crows were among the daily visitors. A pair of Bald Eagle have made the property a consistent visit as they are paying close attention to the pig farm that has opened up adjacent to the reserve. The smell reaches the backyard to our homestead occasionally but dissipates inside the forest. I am staying positive about the new operation by taking note of the predator animals that may show interest in the habits of such a farming practice.
My plan for setting up multiple bird feeding stations has been successful and the turnout has been note worthy. My experience with finding birds on the island has been much different then life on the mainland mostly due to the amount of agriculture for such a small island. The partial stand of trees that remain seem to be, at best, a 3rd class lifestyle for my sought after avian friends. My aim with the purchase of this property was to give the wildlife remaining on the island, and the seasonal visitors, a protected habitat to freely roam and forage with human interference non-existent. This has proven to be a challenge with everything from ATV operators not respecting private land to a pack of domesticated dogs running wild through the area. As I continue to work on the property these issues are coming closer to a end and the vision gets a bit clearer by the day.
Here is a small gallery of birds photographed at the feeder this year followed by a list of winter birds recorded. Enjoy......
Backyard Bird Gallery
Birds recorded for this winter are as follows;
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Robbie P. Gallant
As a naturalist, I spend a great amount of time in personal study. Discussion and research is key to exploring new and intelligent ideas and furthering our understanding of our natural surroundings.