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07 Mar Pileated Woodpecker pair ["katharineschulz AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
07 Mar Redpolls ["jennycode AT mts.net [Manitobabirds]" ]
7 Mar Dead Of Winter List 2015 ["'Rob Parsons' parsons8 AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" ]
07 Mar Spring arrivals ["cbraden555 AT yahoo.com [Manitobabirds]" ]
7 Mar more life returns to the yard ["John Martin johnwmartin AT lakenet.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
7 Mar New documents on the Chimney Swift site ["frank_machovec AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
6 Mar Sharp-tailed displaying ["Joanne Smith jdsmith6614 AT yahoo.com [Manitobabirds]" ]
6 Mar Common Redpoll ["GLENNIS LEWIS gmlewis AT sympatico.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
6 Mar White-throat and Bald Eagle ["'Garry Budyk' callgud AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
6 Mar They're coming back... ["John Martin johnwmartin AT lakenet.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
6 Mar Northern Flicker intergrade ["Liis Veelma lveelma AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" ]
5 Mar Horned Larks and Northern Flicker ["John Weier jweier AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" ]
05 Mar Mobbing Discussion Continued ["mloydassoc AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
4 Mar Re: Snowy Owl at HSC ["Bob Shettler sshettler AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
4 Mar RE: Snowy Owl at HSC ["kris1 AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" ]
04 Mar Snowy Owl at HSC ["Barker_Wendy AT hotmail.com [Manitobabirds]" ]
4 Mar Dead Of Winter List 2015 ["'Rob Parsons' parsons8 AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" ]
03 Mar Pileated Woodpecker ["katharineschulz AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
03 Mar Bohemian Waxwing's! ["stumckay1954 AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
02 Mar Eagles ["AS Courcelles ascour AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
2 Mar Sigthing on Saturday ["Mike Fisher mikefisher1304 AT gmail.com [Manitobabirds]" ]
2 Mar re quest for photo ["Rudolf Koes rkoes AT mts.net [Manitobabirds]" ]
1 Mar American Three-toed Woodpecker ["Joanne Smith jdsmith6614 AT yahoo.com [Manitobabirds]" ]
1 Mar Out on the seine river ["Ray Methot ray_methot AT yahoo.com [Manitobabirds]" ]
1 Mar Eastern Screech-Owl ["'Rob Parsons' parsons8 AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" ]
1 Mar Dead Of Winter List 2015 ["'Rob Parsons' parsons8 AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" ]
01 Mar Red-bellied WP ["Ron and Emmy Wiebe ronemmy AT gmail.com [Manitobabirds]" ]
1 Mar Re: Black-billed Magpie Belligerence ["birders AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
1 Mar Waxwings in Bruce Park ["birders AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
1 Mar eagle ["'Anne Layman' amlayman AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" ]
01 Mar more corvid behaviour ["JRodger jrodger AT xplornet.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
1 Mar PR325 East of Hodgson and Hecla ["Joanne Smith jdsmith6614 AT yahoo.com [Manitobabirds]" ]
01 Mar Waxwings and Geese ["Gerald Machnee machneeg AT gmail.com [Manitobabirds]" ]
1 Mar Redpolls switch to weeds ["taylorp AT granite.mb.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
28 Feb Re: Black-billed Magpie Belligerence ["katharineschulz AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
28 Feb Hey look! Birds!!! ["John Martin johnwmartin AT lakenet.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
28 Feb Pembina Valley. ["Mike Fisher mikefisher1304 AT gmail.com [Manitobabirds]" ]
28 Feb Re: Black-billed Magpie Belligerence ["John Martin johnwmartin AT lakenet.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
28 Feb Black-billed Magpie Belligerence ["katharineschulz AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
27 Feb Old 15 ["jehays54 AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
27 Feb Re: Owls ["Cat Salki csalki AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
26 Feb Re: Owls ["'Garry Budyk' callgud AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
26 Feb Owls ["John Weier jweier AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" ]
26 Feb N. Cardinal ["Rudolf Koes rkoes AT mts.net [Manitobabirds]" ]
26 Feb Re: Owls ["csalki csalki AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
25 Feb Owls ["Paul Goossen pgoossen AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" ]
25 Feb Barred Owl ["JRodger jrodger AT xplornet.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
24 Feb RFI: Bald Eagles in Winter in Manitoba ["maybank AT ns.sympatico.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
23 Feb Manitoba Winter Bird List 2014/15 ["'Rob Parsons' parsons8 AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" ]
23 Feb Dead Of Winter List 2015 ["'Rob Parsons' parsons8 AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" ]
23 Feb Snowy Owl ["Erica Alex bird_loving_erica2014 AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
22 Feb Owl Outing, Starbuck area ["penner.carole AT yahoo.com [Manitobabirds]" ]
22 Feb goodbye roadrunner! ["'Garry Budyk' callgud AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
22 Feb Re: Bohemian Waxwings, Pembina Valley ["billysoy AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
22 Feb Bohemian Waxwings, Pembina Valley ["billysoy AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
22 Feb Goldfinches ["ruthhiebert AT gmail.com [Manitobabirds]" ]
21 Feb Snowy Owl and a Bald Eagle ["Erica Alex bird_loving_erica2014 AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
21 Feb Northern Saw-whet Owl ["Margaret Yorke yorkem AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" ]
20 Feb Bohemian Waxwings and Northern Goshawk ["Joanne Smith jdsmith6614 AT yahoo.com [Manitobabirds]" ]
18 Feb Sharp-shinned Hawk ["'Rob Parsons' parsons8 AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" ]
18 Feb Boreal Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) ["christian artuso chartuso AT hotmail.com [Manitobabirds]" ]
18 Feb RE: Northern Cardinal ["christian artuso chartuso AT hotmail.com [Manitobabirds]" ]
17 Feb Northern Cardinal ["stumckay1954 AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
17 Feb Northern Cardinal ["stumckay1954 AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
17 Feb pileated woodpeckers ["Lars Jansson janssonl AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
17 Feb Boreal ["Joanne Smith jdsmith6614 AT yahoo.com [Manitobabirds]" ]
16 Feb Owls ["Joanne Smith jdsmith6614 AT yahoo.com [Manitobabirds]" ]
16 Feb Monday outing ["'bdjjsau' bdjjsau AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
16 Feb GBBC ["JRodger jrodger AT xplornet.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
15 Feb Re: Need ID for Backyard Bird Count Hawk ["bkrosney AT nlis.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
15 Feb Eurasian Tree Sparrow ["mloydassoc AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
15 Feb GBBC ["curtis.lindaj AT gmail.com [Manitobabirds]" ]
14 Feb GBBC ["Erica Alex bird_loving_erica2014 AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
14 Feb Robin ["smurfy AT mts.net [Manitobabirds]" ]
14 Feb Eurasian Tree Sparrow ["jehays54 AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]
14 Feb DOWL ["brandon_club AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" ]

Subject: Pileated Woodpecker pair
From: "katharineschulz AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Mar 2015 17:00:38 -0800
 
 The sole female Pileated Woodpecker, whose daily visits I have enjoyed for 
over two months now, is no longer alone! She visited the yard as usual, but a 
bit earlier at 7:50 this morning, so I was surprised to see what I assumed was 
her again at 9:15; however, the behavior pattern seemed different than usual so 
I grabbed the binoculars for a closer look and realized it was a male – the 
first one I have seen in the yard this winter. He visited various trees and the 
peanut feeder before landing on the female’s favorite suet. At that moment, 
she also appeared in the same tree, but did not interfere with his feeding. The 
two of them interacted and then moved among the trees together for several 
minutes before departing southward. 

 

 I had assumed she would disappear soon, now that spring is imminent. However, 
now that she appears to have found a mate, I find myself hoping against hope 
that somehow they are able to locate a large enough tree in the area for 
nesting and remain nearby. I haven’t heard any vocalizing or drumming, but 
either way, it is nice to see the two of them together for now. 

 

 Katharine Schulz
 
 Liberty Street in south Charleswood, Winnipeg
 
Subject: Redpolls
From: "jennycode AT mts.net [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Mar 2015 15:44:01 -0800
After a two year absence my backyard was finally graced by 3 common redpolls. 
It was a happy morning, now hopefully they come back tomorrow. 


Cody Roy
Portage la Prairie 

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Subject: Dead Of Winter List 2015
From: "'Rob Parsons' parsons8 AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:52:23 -0600
Hi all,

I have a late report for the DOWL from Joel Kayer, Common Merganser, bringing 
the list to 71 species. 



Cheers,

Rob Parsons
Winnipeg, MB
CANADA
parsons8 AT mts.net

DOWL 2015
  1.. Canada Goose 
  2.. Mallard 
  3.. Common Goldeneye 
  4.. Common Merganser 
  5.. Gray Partridge 
  6.. Ruffed Grouse 
  7.. Spruce Grouse 
  8.. Willow Ptarmigan 
  9.. Sharp-tailed Grouse 
  10.. Wild Turkey 
  11.. Bald Eagle 
  12.. Sharp-shinned Hawk 
  13.. Northern Goshawk 
  14.. Red-tailed Hawk 
  15.. Rough-legged Hawk 
  16.. Golden Eagle 
  17.. Rock Pigeon 
  18.. Eurasian Collared-Dove 
  19.. Mourning Dove 
  20.. Eastern Screech-Owl 
  21.. Great Horned Owl 
  22.. Snowy Owl 
  23.. Northern Hawk Owl 
  24.. Barred Owl 
  25.. Great Gray Owl 
  26.. Boreal Owl 
  27.. Northern Saw-whet Owl 
  28.. Red-bellied Woodpecker 
  29.. Downy Woodpecker 
  30.. Hairy Woodpecker 
  31.. American Three-toed Woodpecker 
  32.. Black-backed Woodpecker 
  33.. Northern Flicker 
  34.. Pileated Woodpecker 
  35.. Merlin 
  36.. Gyrfalcon 
  37.. Northern Shrike 
  38.. Gray Jay 
  39.. Blue Jay 
  40.. Black-billed Magpie 
  41.. American Crow 
  42.. Common Raven 
  43.. Horned Lark 
  44.. Black-capped Chickadee 
  45.. Boreal Chickadee 
  46.. Red-breasted Nuthatch 
  47.. White-breasted Nuthatch 
  48.. Brown Creeper 
  49.. Hermit Thrush 
  50.. American Robin 
  51.. Varied Thrush 
  52.. European Starling 
  53.. Bohemian Waxwing 
  54.. Cedar Waxwing 
  55.. Snow Bunting 
  56.. White-throated Sparrow 
  57.. Dark-eyed Junco 
  58.. Northern Cardinal 
  59.. Common Grackle 
  60.. Pine Grosbeak 
  61.. House Finch 
  62.. Purple Finch 
  63.. Red Crossbill 
  64.. White-winged Crossbill 
  65.. Common Redpoll 
  66.. Hoary Redpoll 
  67.. Pine Siskin 
  68.. American Goldfinch 
  69.. Evening Grosbeak 
  70.. House Sparrow 
  71.. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Subject: Spring arrivals
From: "cbraden555 AT yahoo.com [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Mar 2015 11:13:00 -0800
I've seen a few new arrivals this week. On Sunday the 1st I saw a few Horned 
Larks south of Oakville on Hwy13. Yesterday the Bald Eagles were back visiting 
their nest on the Portage bypass and a lone kestrel looked down on me as I 
passed under it west of Elie on the #1. And to top off today I had a Dark-eyed 
Junco join the redpolls (both types) and Pine Grosbeaks at my feeders south of 
High Bluff. 

Happy birding,
Carrie Braden

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Subject: more life returns to the yard
From: "John Martin johnwmartin AT lakenet.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:20:49 -0600
​At roughly 2:30 this morning I awoke from a sound sleep and was surprised
to hear a GH Owl calling from obviously very near my house.  I am 100
meters from the closest significant trees, and this bird was apparently
well within that distance.  I listened for several minutes, and when the
calling persisted I dragged myself out of my warm bed and slipped into
boots and parka.  My wife slept on...even the dogs, displaying their
typically-eerie perception, looked at me like I was crazy. :)  I slipped
out the door, listened, and was rewarded with a deep series of hoots that
sounded as though the bird was perched on my shoulder.  The sound merged
with the words of the tiny man perched on the other shoulder, who whispered
into my ear with the Voice Of Reason "What is WRONG with you?  What are we
DOING OUT HERE???"

Ignoring him and concentrating on the bird, I crept slowly around the
house.  The oddly ventriloquial quality of the owl's notes conspired with
my generally poor hearing, and I simply could not pin him down.  A nearly
full moon and clear skies provided startling visibility, coyotes yipped in
the distance, and a second owl replied to the first in somewhat
higher-pitched hoots from far off to the south.  I cautiously rounded the
fourth corner, and sensing movement from directly overhead I looked quickly
upward, but saw nothing.  The call sounded yet again, and the bird had
obviously moved but was still near at hand.  Finally, shielding my eyes
from the glare of the sentinel light on our power pole, I discerned the
bird atop the pole.  He (I am anthropomorphising here based on "his" deeper
voice) called once more and then glared at me in silence.  I watched for a
brief moment, and then quietly took the few steps back to the door and went
inside.  In retrospect, it seems the owl was originally either standing
on my roof, or more likely was perched on the satellite dish/antenna
mounted directly over the back door.  This would in turn mean that when I
originally exited, the bird was less than ten feet from my nose, and yet
apparently remained in place, perhaps aware that he had not been spotted.
He produced only one last call after we made eye contact...he obviously
knew he had been "made".  Fortunately, a few moments after I slid back
under the bedcovers, he resumed calling and continued on at least until I
fell asleep.

If you have never taken a late-night stroll and enjoyed a night like
this...cold, clear, windless, snow-covered and moonlit...I heartily
recommend it.  Leave the binocular in the house, roll up your earflaps, and
enjoy.

John Martin
Fraserwood
Subject: New documents on the Chimney Swift site
From: "frank_machovec AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 17:08:16 +0000
I have added some new documents to the web page of the Manitoba Chimney Swift 
Initiative. 



The steering committee has recently created new guidelines for artificial nest 
and roost structures for Manitoba, and these may be seen at 

http://www.mbchimneyswift.ca/Documents/MCSI_artificialstructures2015.pdf


The St Adolphe nest site outcome summary for 2014 may be seen at

http://www.mbchimneyswift.ca/Documents/MCSI%202014%20ST%20ADOLPHE%20NEST%20SITE%20OUTCOME.pdf 



Frank Machovec

for the MCSI

Winnipeg
Subject: Sharp-tailed displaying
From: "Joanne Smith jdsmith6614 AT yahoo.com [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 17:07:05 -0600
Hi, this morning I took a few back roads to work to check areas where there 
were leks last spring. I came across five sharp-tailed grouse that were 
displaying just north west of Fisher Branch. Spring is in the air! 


Joanne Smith, Hodgson 

"It is always the simple that produces the marvelous." Amelia E. Barr

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Subject: Common Redpoll
From: "GLENNIS LEWIS gmlewis AT sympatico.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:35:14 +0000
I was pleased to find a lone Common Redpoll at my feeder today. This is the 
first one I've seen this winter in Brandon's west end. 

Glennis LewisBrandon, MB 		 	   		  
Subject: White-throat and Bald Eagle
From: "'Garry Budyk' callgud AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 12:47:26 -0600
Seems our roadrunner wasn’t the only White-throated Sparrow in the 
neighbourhood this winter. I first heard and then saw a White-throat while 
walking in the 600 block of Dunrobin Ave in East Kildonan this morning. Yes, it 
was singing! 


Driving northbound on Henderson Hwy at Trent Ave at 10:36 today, an adult Bald 
Eagle flew across Henderson towards the Red River. 


Cheers,
Garry Budyk
Winnipeg MB
Subject: They're coming back...
From: "John Martin johnwmartin AT lakenet.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 11:22:38 -0600
​Bird life in and around my house continues to rebound, after a bleak and
largely birdless winter.  Daily visitors, in addition to the BC Chickadees
and WB Nuthatches, now include a dozen or so Common Redpolls and a couple
of Hoaries, both Down and Hairy Woodpeckers, and for the last few days 2 or
3 Pine Grosbeaks including one beautiful bright adult male.  This morning a
Northern Shrike adult briefly touched down at the edge of the closest
woodlot, and of course Ravens continue in good numbers.  At least one GH
Owl is heard calling most evenings now, a Ruffed Grouse was seen in the
nearby woods early this morning, and one or two Magpie sightings occur most
days.  Yesterday a young male House Sparrow was heard and later spotted
near our woodpile...after spending most of my life knee-deep in those
critters in Ontario, I was not happy to see him here.  Where's a Kestrel or
a Sharpie when you need one?

John Martin
Fraserwood
Subject: Northern Flicker intergrade
From: "Liis Veelma lveelma AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 11:03:32 -0600
A male Northern Flicker Intergrade at my kitchen window in Norwood again for 
two quick visits just now. Very flighty, so not good looks -- just enough to 
see the red malar and nape. Probably same one as on January 18. 


Liis Veelma
Winnipeg MB
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Subject: Horned Larks and Northern Flicker
From: "John Weier jweier AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:05:15 -0600
I drove south along the Red River this afternoon through St Adolphe and on to 
Aubigny to see if I could find a few early raptors. I didn’t find any. But I 
did pick up a Northern Flicker in St Adolphe, and a flock of some 25 Horned 
Larks north of St Agathe. Otherwise things were pretty quiet—the wind was 
pretty fierce and there was some pretty good drifting in place. 


Cheers,
John

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John Weier
239 Bartlet Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3L 0Z5
204 284 5313
jweier AT mts.net
www.johnweier.ca

From: Garry Budyk 
Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2015 6:26 PM
To: John Weier 
Subject: nofl

I see you got your flicker!

Cheers,
Garry
Subject: Mobbing Discussion Continued
From: "mloydassoc AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Mar 2015 13:47:07 -0800

 I am going to continue on the mobbing theme because things are still slow on 
this site although that will soon change with the season. Almost automatically 
on reflex, I photograph aerial mobbing when I am in the field. I had planned to 
gather all the interesting photos from 2014 and post them on FLICKR sometime 
this winter as a series. However, that is not going to happen now. Instead I 
shall post a few pictures here of some of the most interesting incidents. I 
shall take these pictures down in a few days; the quality of some is 
substandard technically. 

 

 I wrote about the incident involving a MIKI and two crows on this website in 
August. The MIKI was reluctant to leave the area because this happened right 
over the nest. Here is part of the post: 

 

 The mobbing of a Kite by 2 Crows created a fantastic aerobatic display of Kite 
agility and elusiveness. The Kite banked sharply, dived and climbed sharply, 
twisted and turned, and at one point put on the “air” brakes. Then the 
Crows flew by it and we briefly had a Keystone Cops chase, with the 
role-reversing Kite becoming the pursuer. It all ended when the Kite landed 
with apparent disdain right under the circling Crows which immediately few away 
in dispirited defeat. 

  
 I am quite sure that the picture that I am posting is the stage where the 
Keystone Cops incident began. Two points about this mobbing. The Kite was so 
elusive that most of my pictures of the incident have only the Kite in them. 
Second, I never before have quit photographing in the middle of an incident, 
but this one was so entertaining owing to the aerobatic skills of the 
“victim” that I stopped to watch it. 

 

 Another interesting incident occurred when a Raven flew by in proximity to one 
of the Peregrine Falcon nest sites in the City. By coincidence, both adult 
Peregrines were airborne and soon were on the chase. It was a horrible mismatch 
and I was pleased when the Raven emerged unscathed. 

 

 The two posted pictures of the incident show the point where the poor, 
overmatched Raven got the brilliant idea of diving to escape the world’s best 
avian divers. The second shows the point where a Peregrine was about to make 
contact (rather gentle if I recall) with the Raven. 

 

 The third incident is that of a Red-winged Blackbird riding on the back of a 
Great Horned Owl at dawn and pulling at its feathers. I posted the best picture 
of this incident earlier on this site but will post it again here for 
convenience. 

 

 The last posted picture involves group of barn swallows either getting their 
wires crossed or being in a very cantankerous mood because they scrambles and 
mobbed a harmless American Bittern. 

 

 Some honorable mentions include a dragon fly mobbing a Ruby-throated 
hummingbird (pictures still in my album on this site), various black birds 
riding on or touching various hawks and a massive attack by a very large group 
of barn swallows on a large Accipiter (species withheld to avoid controversy). 

 

 The pictures are sorted in the right order in the album view but, as always, 
the order is haphazard on the face page of the site. Yahoo decides on the order 
there, as far as I can see! 

 

 Michael Loyd 
 
 Winnipeg
 

Subject: Re: Snowy Owl at HSC
From: "Bob Shettler sshettler AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 16:06:35 -0700 (MST)
Although it is possible, my guess would be white phased Gyrfalcon!

Bob Shettler
Headingley

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> On Mar 4, 2015, at 4:20 PM, Barker_Wendy AT hotmail.com [Manitobabirds] 
 wrote: 

> 
> A friend who works at the Heallth Sciences Centre and who is as interested in 
birds as we are phoned us today to say that a Snowy Owl visited the HSC hunting 
pigeons. He knows his birds so I am confident this is an accurate report. Does 
anyone know if Snowies have been seen in the core area of Winnipeg before? It 
seems like a rare sighting to me. 

> 
> Wendy Barker
> St. Vital
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: RE: Snowy Owl at HSC
From: "kris1 AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 16:58:51 -0600
Hi Wendy:
I'd also guess not common but I have a personal record for February 18, 1997 of 
a Snowy Owl sitting on top of what was then the residence building at the 
University of Winnipeg, so actually in the same part of town. I suspect it was 
attracted by pigeons in the area. 

Chris Meiklejohn

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Subject: [Manitobabirds] Snowy Owl at HSC














 

 



  


    
      
      
 A friend who works at the Heallth Sciences Centre and who is as interested in 
birds as we are phoned us today to say that a Snowy Owl visited the HSC hunting 
pigeons. He knows his birds so I am confident this is an accurate report. Does 
anyone know if Snowies have been seen in the core area of Winnipeg before? It 
seems like a rare sighting to me. 


Wendy Barker
St. Vital





    
     

    
    






   		 	   		  
Subject: Snowy Owl at HSC
From: "Barker_Wendy AT hotmail.com [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Mar 2015 14:19:56 -0800
A friend who works at the Heallth Sciences Centre and who is as interested in 
birds as we are phoned us today to say that a Snowy Owl visited the HSC hunting 
pigeons. He knows his birds so I am confident this is an accurate report. Does 
anyone know if Snowies have been seen in the core area of Winnipeg before? It 
seems like a rare sighting to me. 


Wendy Barker
St. Vital
 

Subject: Dead Of Winter List 2015
From: "'Rob Parsons' parsons8 AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 00:56:57 -0600
Hi all,

I have been informed of one species I have overlooked for the DOWL—do let me 
know if I’ve overlooked any others—Barred Owl. 


This brings the list  to 70 species.


Cheers,

Rob Parsons
Winnipeg, MB
CANADA
parsons8 AT mts.net

DOWL 2015
  1.. Canada Goose 
  2.. Mallard 
  3.. Common Goldeneye 
  4.. Gray Partridge 
  5.. Ruffed Grouse 
  6.. Spruce Grouse 
  7.. Willow Ptarmigan 
  8.. Sharp-tailed Grouse 
  9.. Wild Turkey 
  10.. Bald Eagle 
  11.. Sharp-shinned Hawk 
  12.. Northern Goshawk 
  13.. Red-tailed Hawk 
  14.. Rough-legged Hawk 
  15.. Golden Eagle 
  16.. Rock Pigeon 
  17.. Eurasian Collared-Dove 
  18.. Mourning Dove 
  19.. Eastern Screech-Owl 
  20.. Great Horned Owl 
  21.. Snowy Owl 
  22.. Northern Hawk Owl 
  23.. Barred Owl 
  24.. Great Gray Owl 
  25.. Boreal Owl 
  26.. Northern Saw-whet Owl 
  27.. Red-bellied Woodpecker 
  28.. Downy Woodpecker 
  29.. Hairy Woodpecker 
  30.. American Three-toed Woodpecker 
  31.. Black-backed Woodpecker 
  32.. Northern Flicker 
  33.. Pileated Woodpecker 
  34.. Merlin 
  35.. Gyrfalcon 
  36.. Northern Shrike 
  37.. Gray Jay 
  38.. Blue Jay 
  39.. Black-billed Magpie 
  40.. American Crow 
  41.. Common Raven 
  42.. Horned Lark 
  43.. Black-capped Chickadee 
  44.. Boreal Chickadee 
  45.. Red-breasted Nuthatch 
  46.. White-breasted Nuthatch 
  47.. Brown Creeper 
  48.. Hermit Thrush 
  49.. American Robin 
  50.. Varied Thrush 
  51.. European Starling 
  52.. Bohemian Waxwing 
  53.. Cedar Waxwing 
  54.. Snow Bunting 
  55.. White-throated Sparrow 
  56.. Dark-eyed Junco 
  57.. Northern Cardinal 
  58.. Common Grackle 
  59.. Pine Grosbeak 
  60.. House Finch 
  61.. Purple Finch 
  62.. Red Crossbill 
  63.. White-winged Crossbill 
  64.. Common Redpoll 
  65.. Hoary Redpoll 
  66.. Pine Siskin 
  67.. American Goldfinch 
  68.. Evening Grosbeak 
  69.. House Sparrow 
  70.. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Subject: Pileated Woodpecker
From: "katharineschulz AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Mar 2015 14:49:27 -0800
 
 A female Pileated Woodpecker has been visiting the yard here daily since 
January 2 and has just been back again this afternoon. I occasionally get a 
brief glimpse of one or two each year, most often in fall, but never in 21 
years has one visited so regularly for such an extended period. She first 
appeared on December 5 and it was fascinating to watch her systematically 
investigate every single feeder in the yard (and there are several.) She flew 
to each one and clung briefly, including the nyger seed tube feeders – a very 
unusual sight. 

  
 
 She then seemed to vanish until January, but she must have decided that the 
suet feeder by the back deck was most to her liking as she now returns to it, 
and only it, each day, sometimes more than once. She feeds for about 15 minutes 
and then spends some time in the trees before departing to the south. I had 
never noticed before how high a Pileated Woodpecker flies when going a 
significant distance cross country – there is a fairly tall tree-line 5 acres 
away to the south and she is well above it as she crosses over and disappears. 
I am assuming she is the same individual each day based on this very consistent 
pattern of behavior. I have not seen a male this winter. It is a treat to have 
such prolonged, close looks at this beautiful bird. 

  
 
 On February 4, I was dismayed to hear a loud bang at the window and look up to 
see a large black bird flying away low to the ground. At first it looked like a 
crow, but as it swooped onto a tree trunk, I realized it was the Pileated. She 
clung to the trunk for over half an hour, but seemed alert, and I was 
encouraged the memory of a conversation with Dr. Mooi several months ago 
wherein he had remarked that it was uncommon to lose a woodpecker to a window 
strike as their anatomy is built to withstand a fair bit of force during their 
excavating activities. I was greatly relieved to see her finally move around a 
bit on the tree, and then fly over to the usual suet. I was even more relieved 
to see her return the next day, and the days following, showing no apparent ill 
effects from the collision, and I trust that continues to be the case. 

 

 Katharine Schulz
 Liberty St., south Charleswood, Winnipeg
 
Subject: Bohemian Waxwing's!
From: "stumckay1954 AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Mar 2015 08:03:15 -0800
I totally lucked out the other day as I was headed back home near Lockport. 
Driving south bound along river road south of Lower Fort Garry, I stumbled upon 
a mass gathering of Bohemians as they were totally preoccupied devouring the 
fruit off an ornamental crab apple tree. How many Bohemians were there? It was 
impossible to come close to getting a number. My guess would have put the 
number well over 100 birds! I returned yesterday to see if they had returned 
and they had not. I'll check for them again today. 

  
 Cheers,
  
 Stu McKay
 Lockport, Mb 
Subject: Eagles
From: "AS Courcelles ascour AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:59:36 -0600
Hello birders,

We just got back from Arizona on Friday, 27 Feb. and were immediately 
greeted by an adult Bald Eagle soaring over the south perimeter.  With 
that in mind and the favourable winds today, I headed for the south 
Floodway bridge.  I was not disappointed with the sighting of 11 Bald 
Eagles, one of which surprisingly was an immature.  I have never seen 11 
Bald Eagles this early in the season (previous # was 3).  This may be 
due to the lack of snow in the Dakotas and further south.  Even southern 
Manitoba doesn't have much.

So it may be an early migration this year.

Cheers,

Andy Courcelles


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Subject: Sigthing on Saturday
From: "Mike Fisher mikefisher1304 AT gmail.com [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:55:02 -0600
Just a heads up. I gave a report of my raptors I saw and a sighting of a
cougar. Well got an reply email from Will Watkins
Today. Turns out the animal I saw was an Bobcat and not a cougar.  A rare
sight so i am told. Just though I would correct myself.

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Subject: re quest for photo
From: "Rudolf Koes rkoes AT mts.net [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:53:25 -0600
Hello all, 
As many of you are aware, Peter Taylor and I write seasonal bird reports for 
the Prairie Provinces Region in North American Birds. We like to illustrate 
these reports with photographs and I was hoping that one of you has one or two 
good shots of the Yellow-throated Warbler that visited Fisher Branch last fall. 

You will get credit for the photo once the journal is printed or appears 
on-line. 

Many thanks, 
Rudolf Koes, 
Winnipeg.
Subject: American Three-toed Woodpecker
From: "Joanne Smith jdsmith6614 AT yahoo.com [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 21:21:12 -0600
This morning I was fortunate enough to hear and then see a male American 
Three-toed Woodpecker at the Interlake Forest Centre (Spruce Grove Trail), 9 km 
north of Fisher Branch, just east of HWY 17. I had only ever seen this species 
on this trail on one other occasion last fall. The calm, almost windless early 
morning made it much easier to listen for. The black-backed which was normally 
a regular visitor to this trail hasn't been very regular at all in the last few 
months. 


Other birds on the trail this morning were a small number of white-winged 
crossbills (their numbers seem to have decreased in the last week or two), two 
red crossbills, pine grosbeaks, blue jays, hairy woodpeckers, common ravens and 
redpolls. Gray jays are normally seen but weren't available for viewing this 
morning....wonder if they may be nesting already. 


Another nice calm morning to be out snowshoeing in the woods.

Joanne Smith, Hodgson

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Subject: Out on the seine river
From: "Ray Methot ray_methot AT yahoo.com [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 16:18:42 -0600
Hello all
I went for a walk on the seine river today ( march1/15) the usual BC chickadee, 
WB nuthatch, hairy. Downy, red-bellied woodpecker, common and hoary redpoll, 
house finch warbling in the sun, am crow. House sparrow and a brown creeper. 

Certainly was a nice day for a walk and not freezing half to death.
Happy birding all
Ray Methot
St-Boniface
Winnipeg MB

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Subject: Eastern Screech-Owl
From: "'Rob Parsons' parsons8 AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 13:40:38 -0600
Hi all,

Yesterday, Saturday Feb 28, when I headed out to check on a neighbour’s 
house, I was greeted by agitated chickadees and nuthatches, including two 
Red-breasted Nuthatches. I was totally unaware there were any Red-breasted 
Nuthatches around my place. Some House Finches may also have been in the mob, 
as they seemed a little twitchy, although I often think they are rather tightly 
wound. At any rate, after a bit of searching, I was pleased to discover the 
object of their wrath was an Eastern Screech-Owl. Unfortunately, when I 
returned home 20 minutes later, the owl had disappeared and the small birds no 
longer sounded agitated. Indeed, the House Finches were warbling away—it 
almost felt like spring! (Key word is almost, of course.) 


Cheers,

Rob

Rob Parsons
Winnipeg, MB
CANADA
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Subject: Dead Of Winter List 2015
From: "'Rob Parsons' parsons8 AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 13:11:40 -0600
Hi all,

Two presumably final additions to the DOWL, Golden Eagle & Cedar Waxwing. The 
former sounds more like a migrant, while I’m surprised we hadn’t already 
got the latter. As I say, presumably final because the DOWL period is now over. 
However, if anyone finds anything missing, I will update. 


For now, the list climbs to 69 species.

The full winter list is 88 species. I won’t post it as it’s unchanged from 
the final report, but if anyone wishes to see it, email me privately and I’ll 
be happy to forward it. 


In case this is the final report for both, I want to thank everyone for 
participating. It helps make winter a little bit more fun to keep these lists! 



Cheers,

Rob Parsons
Winnipeg, MB
CANADA
parsons8 AT mts.net

DOWL 2015
  1.. Canada Goose 
  2.. Mallard 
  3.. Common Goldeneye 
  4.. Gray Partridge 
  5.. Ruffed Grouse 
  6.. Spruce Grouse 
  7.. Willow Ptarmigan 
  8.. Sharp-tailed Grouse 
  9.. Wild Turkey 
  10.. Bald Eagle 
  11.. Sharp-shinned Hawk 
  12.. Northern Goshawk 
  13.. Red-tailed Hawk 
  14.. Rough-legged Hawk 
  15.. Golden Eagle 
  16.. Rock Pigeon 
  17.. Eurasian Collared-Dove 
  18.. Mourning Dove 
  19.. Eastern Screech-Owl 
  20.. Great Horned Owl 
  21.. Snowy Owl 
  22.. Northern Hawk Owl 
  23.. Great Gray Owl 
  24.. Boreal Owl 
  25.. Northern Saw-whet Owl 
  26.. Red-bellied Woodpecker 
  27.. Downy Woodpecker 
  28.. Hairy Woodpecker 
  29.. American Three-toed Woodpecker 
  30.. Black-backed Woodpecker 
  31.. Northern Flicker 
  32.. Pileated Woodpecker 
  33.. Merlin 
  34.. Gyrfalcon 
  35.. Northern Shrike 
  36.. Gray Jay 
  37.. Blue Jay 
  38.. Black-billed Magpie 
  39.. American Crow 
  40.. Common Raven 
  41.. Horned Lark 
  42.. Black-capped Chickadee 
  43.. Boreal Chickadee 
  44.. Red-breasted Nuthatch 
  45.. White-breasted Nuthatch 
  46.. Brown Creeper 
  47.. Hermit Thrush 
  48.. American Robin 
  49.. Varied Thrush 
  50.. European Starling 
  51.. Bohemian Waxwing 
  52.. Cedar Waxwing 
  53.. Snow Bunting 
  54.. White-throated Sparrow 
  55.. Dark-eyed Junco 
  56.. Northern Cardinal 
  57.. Common Grackle 
  58.. Pine Grosbeak 
  59.. House Finch 
  60.. Purple Finch 
  61.. Red Crossbill 
  62.. White-winged Crossbill 
  63.. Common Redpoll 
  64.. Hoary Redpoll 
  65.. Pine Siskin 
  66.. American Goldfinch 
  67.. Evening Grosbeak 
  68.. House Sparrow 
  69.. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Subject: Red-bellied WP
From: "Ron and Emmy Wiebe ronemmy AT gmail.com [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 13:05:51 -0600
Hi All

After numerous unsuccessful trips to look for the Red-bellied WP on Deer 
Lodge Place I thought I might miss this one again for the year.  
However, today the Red-bellied came looking for me right at my home on 
Coventry Road.  It was here for about 10 minutes and then flew into the 
neighbours yard.  Hopefully it will be back.  I did manage to get a few 
long distance shots of it.

Ron Wiebe
Charleswood, Wpg



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Subject: Re: Black-billed Magpie Belligerence
From: "birders AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 12:33:04 -0600
Hi all,

I read Katherine's account with interest as it applied to "her resident" 
great-horned owls. My daughter lives on Brittany Dr. which happens to line up 
directly north from Liberty St. where Katherine lives. Last week, I believe it 
was Wednesday, Susan phoned all excited to tell me that the "owls" were back 
and serenading the neighbourhood. Worth noting is the fact that these owls have 
been regularly heard/seen in their yard for 5 years now. 


Also worth mentioning is that magpies are absent in her yard but they do feed 
blue jays. So far, the owls and jays would seem to get along. 


Cheers,
Ryan Porteous
Winnipeg south
Subject: Waxwings in Bruce Park
From: "birders AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 12:05:48 -0600
Hi all,

Yesterday, the 28th, I decided to try for one more addition to my winter list. 
Arriving at Deer Lodge Pl in St. James I stepped out of my car and immediately 
heard a N. Flicker. I spent time searching several large maple trees in the 
neighbourhood but failed to see the bird but there was no mistaking the call of 
this bird. As this was happening a large flock of birds flew over towards the 
park. When I arrived I noted ~100 Bohemian Waxwings in several trees. The 
lighting was not the best but I failed to pick out any "cedars". Still, for an 
hour of birding it was nice to see/hear something different. 


Can't wait for spring!
Ryan Porteous 
Winnipeg south
Subject: eagle
From: "'Anne Layman' amlayman AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 10:46:30 -0600
Good Morning:
I noticed an eagle flying low over Charleswood yesterday afternoon. Is this 
early for them? 

Anne.
Subject: more corvid behaviour
From: "JRodger jrodger AT xplornet.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:44:14 -0600
 

Yesterday (Feb. 28) Jim called up from downstairs that the bluejays were
making a racket again, so I scooted down, grabbed the binocs and boots
and went out to see what I could see. Initially there were a few bluejay
sounds, but mostly their warbling sort of notes--they didn't seem
particularly upset. Then all at once they started shrieking and headed
for one of the pines--and our usual 6 bluejays had been augmented by at
least 4-6 more (a "muster" of bluejays?). I followed them with the
binocs (and I'm not good at this!), and there, smack in my field of
vision, sitting unperturbed in a pine, was a magnificent Barred Owl.
Chances are good that it was the same one Jim and Patsy Duncan banded
here about a year ago, but when I turned my back to summon Jim from the
house, it flew off before I could get a look for the bracelet. We saw a
Barred Oswl on CBC day, and I heard a distant one several nights ago,
but other than that, they (or it) have/has been conspicuously absent. 

Otherwise, though, it has been a good year for winter yard birds: at
least 50 redpolls (also 95%) common), about 15 pine grosbeaks (the
immature males are starting to show their true colours), WB nuthatches,
chickadees, downy and hairy woodpeckers and occasionally a pair of
pileated, a couple of DE juncos and of course the bluejays. (Maybe this
is where your Fraserwood birds have gone, John.) 

Johanna Rodger 

Argyle 

 
Subject: PR325 East of Hodgson and Hecla
From: "Joanne Smith jdsmith6614 AT yahoo.com [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 07:58:44 -0600
Hi,

Despite not having any owls, crossbills or northern shrike yesterday on a drive 
from Hodgson to Hecla, we still came away with a decent variety of birds. 


A few miles west of the PR325/234 intersection there was the usual flock of 
redpolls as well as one merlin and twenty nine sharp-tailed grouse. At a farm 
just before the Hecla causeway (just past the Grindstone road) there was the 
usual flock of snow buntings, black-billed magpies and common Ravens. 


Shortly after this, Bonnie Chartier and I met up and headed into Hecla to do 
some driving and walking. On the main road we had pileated woodpecker, hoary 
redpolls, common redpolls, blue jay, gray jays, common Ravens (many), hairy 
woodpecker and pine grosbeaks. 


At the far end of North Shore Drive and on the West Quarry Trail we had another 
pileated woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, downy woodpecker, red-breasted nuthatch 
(lots), American crow (which left us speechless after seeing so many ravens), 
blue jay, black-billed magpie, boreal chickadees, black-capped chickadees, pine 
grosbeaks (many), common redpolls, hoary redpolls and more common ravens. 


A drive to the far end of the island, past the marina, gave more redpolls 
(mostly commons) and a few more red-breasted nuthatch on the side of the road. 
On the way back we went through Hecla village where there were a few more pine 
grosbeaks, over a hundred ravens (ice fishing shacks on the lake had lots of 
little black feathery visitors) and to top off the drive, one mature bald eagle 
sitting contently along the shoreline with a few ravens. 


A beautiful day with very little wind made for a good few hours of birding.

Joanne Smith, Hodgson

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Subject: Waxwings and Geese
From: "Gerald Machnee machneeg AT gmail.com [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 07:40:11 -0600
There are still 2 Canada Geese at Lockport. We have had Bohemian 
Waxwings at the fruit trees for the last few days. About a half dozen 
Redpolls also visit. I have not noted any Bald Eagles in our area yet.
Gerald Machnee
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Subject: Redpolls switch to weeds
From: "taylorp AT granite.mb.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 03:54:34 -0500 (EST)
Hi all,
After feeding heavily on a good birch seed crop in early winter, redpolls in 
the southeast seem to have switched to weed seeds in a big way, while numbers 
at feeders also seem to be on the increase. Yesterday, Feb 28, Anita Drabyk and 
I saw several flocks of about 30 to 150 redpolls (>95% Common) in weedy fields 
in the Seven Sisters - Elma area. One small group of redpolls along Spruce 
Siding road were doing a crossbill impersonation, feeding in a cone-laden tree. 
That road also produced two Northern Hawk Owls near the Greater Winnipeg Water 
District railway crossing, and one Northern Shrike several miles farther north. 
A few Snow Bunting flocks, including 100+ just north of Elma, enlivened a 
generally quiet outing. Elma itself was also pretty quiet, the main highlight 
being a small flock of Bohemian Waxwings; we had no luck with the wintering 
grackle. The limited open water below the dam at Seven Sisters Falls produced 
one adult Bald Eagle and six Common Goldeneyes. 

Good birding... and getting better from here on!
Peter Taylor
Pinawa, MB
Subject: Re: Black-billed Magpie Belligerence
From: "katharineschulz AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Feb 2015 19:01:16 -0800
Thanks for your comments, John. You make some interesting points. Bird behavior 
is a fascinating subject, and their interactions with other species even more 
so. 

  
 Just to clarify, I am in no way claiming a definite “cause and effect” in 
these instances. My simple observations are very unscientific and have been 
made only in the small area of my yard and vicinity. I expect that if there is 
any actual impact, it also has a lot to do with the semi-urban area here, which 
is becoming increasingly built up, thus adding even more variables to the 
equation. Although the magpie presence seems to be increasing somewhat in my 
area over the past 21 years here, I agree that I have not noticed any increase 
in the rural areas that I visit regularly. 

  
 I bear no ill-will toward our Black-billed Magpies, or any of our corvids for 
that matter, and I generally enjoy observing their antics and obvious 
intelligence. I have been entertained frequently by Blue Jays taunting a Red 
Squirrel to pursue them through the trees as they remained just out of reach, 
and once watched a pair of magpies teasing a cottontail by repeatedly pecking 
at its tail while it fed and watching it leap into the air and spin around. The 
cottontail did not seem all that bothered and this literally appeared to be an 
example of play on the part of the mapgies. 

 

 Katharine Schulz
 Liberty Street, Winnipeg
 
 

---In Manitobabirds AT yahoogroups.com,  wrote :

 Katharine, your interesting post brings to mind a long-drawn-out discussion on 
a largely-European birding forum that I visit occasionally (I forget which one 
it was) that occurred a few years ago. There was huge disagreement over the 
ecological impact of a related species (I believe it was Azure-winged Magpie?) 
as its numbers increased dramatically in Portugal and other areas. It was felt 
by many that the burgeoning population of this bird, which apparently displays 
a typically-Corvid level of intelligence, aggressiveness and adaptability, was 
having an extremely negative effect on many smaller birds and mammals in the 
area. I never saw an explanation for the increase in numbers of that species, 
but it was apparently a natural phenomenon. 

 

 Are Black-billed Magpies increasing throughout southern Manitoba in general, 
or are they simply becoming more numerous within the city of Winnipeg and 
environs? And if so, why? In my four brief years here in Fraserwood, I can't 
say that I have seen any change in the numbers of that species. 

 

 For the record, I like Magpies...but I also enjoy seeing Blue Jays, Red-winged 
Blackbirds and Grackles at my feeders. 

 

 I draw the line, however, at Starlings and House Sparrows.
 

 John Martin
 Fraserwood   ​



Subject: Hey look! Birds!!!
From: "John Martin johnwmartin AT lakenet.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:01:31 -0600
​That was the comment my wife made when she looked out the window today.
Our yard has been such a desolate wasteland for the past several weeks,
devoid of almost all life, that she was quite surprised to see some
activity in and around the feeders.  In addition to the small group of BC
Chickadees and the pair of WB Nuthatches which have loyally stuck with us
through the hard times, we were graced today by the arrival of at least 13
Common and 2 Hoary Redpolls.  We had a touchdown of only a couple of
Redpolls recently, but they were gone the next day.  Hopefully these will
hang around a bit.  We also had a Downy Woodpecker (the first in weeks),
three Blue Jays (again, these haven't been around in a long while), and
best of all a pair of Pine Grosbeaks, my first for the winter.  Ravens
still abound, along with a few Magpies, and early in the pre-dawn I had a
Great Horned Owl calling from very nearby.  A none-too-fresh roadkill in
the corner of the nearby field (a lot of that kind of thing seems to end up
there...) attracted the usual complement of Ravens and 'Pies, but this
morning was also being enthusiastically worked over by an adult Bald Eagle.

All in all, not much of a birding day, but everything is relative.  In
comparison to recent weeks, we were deluged with feathered critters.

John Martin
Fraserwood
Subject: Pembina Valley.
From: "Mike Fisher mikefisher1304 AT gmail.com [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:16:55 -0600
Just got back from a very good trip to the valley today. Was on the look
for the migrating raptors. Here is what I saw today


4- Bald Eagles
1-Golden Eagle .... Would this make the DOWL ?


Lots of Blue Jays
White-Breasted Nuthatch
Lots of Black Billed Magpies.


And lasty and yet the best catch of the day is a Cougar.


http://500px.com/MikeFisher1/store
Subject: Re: Black-billed Magpie Belligerence
From: "John Martin johnwmartin AT lakenet.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 09:36:14 -0600
Katharine, your interesting post brings to mind a long-drawn-out discussion
on a largely-European birding forum that I visit occasionally (I forget
which one it was) that occurred a few years ago.  There was huge
disagreement over the ecological impact of a related species (I believe it
was Azure-winged Magpie?) as its numbers increased dramatically in Portugal
and other areas.  It was felt by many that the burgeoning population of
this bird, which apparently displays a typically-Corvid level of
intelligence, aggressiveness and adaptability, was having an extremely
negative effect on many smaller birds and mammals in the area.  I never saw
an explanation for the increase in numbers of that species, but it was
apparently a natural phenomenon.

Are Black-billed Magpies increasing throughout southern Manitoba in
general, or are they simply becoming more numerous within the city of
Winnipeg and environs?  And if so, why?  In my four brief years here in
Fraserwood, I can't say that I have seen any change in the numbers of that
species.

For the record, I like Magpies...but I also enjoy seeing Blue Jays,
Red-winged Blackbirds and Grackles at my feeders.

I draw the line, however, at Starlings and House Sparrows.

John Martin
Fraserwood   ​
Subject: Black-billed Magpie Belligerence
From: "katharineschulz AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Feb 2015 07:02:45 -0800
 
 John and Garry’s observation of the Black-billed Magpie quarreling with the 
Northern Hawk Owl reminded me of a similar show in my backyard earlier in 
February involving a Great Horned Owl. Granted, the magpies did alert me to a 
lovely daylight view of the owl, but they then proceeded to harass it 
relentlessly for approximately 15 minutes until the owl finally flew off. I 
believe this owl is the female of the same pair that has previously nested in 
the area, somewhere off Loudoun Street, and which had successfully hunted 
cottontails in the yard last winter. 

  
 
 Back on January 15, another Great Horned Owl (grayer with more white versus 
the warmer brown tones of the February owl), and I believe the male of the 
local pair, suddenly landed in a tree at about 8:45 am. It scanned the ground 
as if it were hunting but soon appeared to start dozing. On that occasion, it 
was interesting to observe the reaction of the smaller birds. Black-capped 
Chickadees, a White-breasted Nuthatch and several Common Redpolls all seemed to 
gravitate to that same tree, flitting about and calling agitatedly in proximity 
to the owl - somewhat mobbing behaviour. Two Blue Jays and three magpies joined 
in, but much more half-heartedly than in the case of the February owl. The owl 
showed little concern and continued dozing while the magpies and jays soon lost 
interest. After about an hour, the owl calmly departed as well, in stark 
contrast to the more recent experience. 

  
 
 There is a local "gang" of up to 11 Black-billed Magpies in this area, and 
every morning at least 5 or more descend upon the yard and take over for about 
20 minutes to see what they can glean in and around the feeders. Having watched 
them drive off the second owl, I suddenly realize that although I have seen the 
owls occasionally over the winter, I have not heard them calling or hooting 
back and forth at all, as I frequently have during the past few Jan-Feb 
periods. Could the magpie harassment now be so severe as to discourage them 
from nesting in the area this season? 

  
 
 Last spring, I was thrilled to discover a pair of American Kestrels spending 
time in the far back end of the yard and expressing interest in the nest box 
erected some years ago in the hope of attracting an Eastern Screech Owl. The 
kestrel pair was observed copulating on April 26 and entering the nestbox in 
the days following, and the male was frequently seen eating prey in a nearby 
dead tree. However, two or three Black-billed Magpies were also observed almost 
as frequently, relentlessly harassing the kestrels, especially when they were 
attempting to eat prey. The kestrels remained in the back for approximately a 
month, but by the third week of May they had disappeared, to my great 
disappointment. 

  
 
 Despite some of their habits, the Black-billed Magpie is actually a strikingly 
attractive bird, as Garry’s recent photos capture so well, and I respect 
their intelligence and place in the ecosystem. However, it is hard not to 
wonder if their growing presence in this part of south Charleswood is beginning 
to deter other species. 

  
 
 Katharine Schulz
 
 Liberty Street, Winnipeg
 
Subject: Old 15
From: "jehays54 AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Feb 2015 19:51:33 -0800
On a drive east on 15 from Winnipeg I had a very spotted Snowy Owl 3-4 Km east 
of the perimeter . 

 A feeder in front of house #44043 on 15, east side of Vivian, had C Redpolls , 
BC Chickadees , 8 Evening Grosbeaks , 2 Magpies and 4 Blue Jays . 

 A few km east of Vivian a Bald Eagle was flying north and a few , 8-10, Snow 
buntings were feeding in the ditch . 

 At Lewis Rd. and Old 15 I had 4 Gray Jays , 2 Pine Grosbeak , 2 Hairy 
,Woodpeckers ,several BC Chickadees and the find of the day one Three-toed 
Woodpecker on old 15 1-2 km east of Lewis rd. 

 Several Crows and Ravens along the way also .
 

 John Hays
 Winnipeg
Subject: Re: Owls
From: "Cat Salki csalki AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:33:17 -0600
This was corrected to read Great HORNED Owlearly-morning typing mistake 
Sorry!

Subject: Re: Owls
From: "'Garry Budyk' callgud AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:51:46 -0600
I’ve added photos of the Great Gray Owl and the Hawk Owl/Magpie interaction 
that John and I witnessed today, to my Manitobabirds album. Don’t know why 
but Yahoo enlarged two of the photos that I posted so they’re not quite as 
sharp as the right-sized ones I posted. 


https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Manitobabirds/photos/albums/802914517

Cheers,
Garry Budyk
Winnipeg MB



From: mailto:Manitobabirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Thursday, February 26, 2015 8:44 PM
To: Manitoba Birds 
Cc: Jon Weier ; Richard Westwood 
Subject: [Manitobabirds] Owls

  

Hi Birders,

Garry Budyk and I went out birding today and, while we did record our bird 
sightings, we were especially focused on finding owls. We did see 6 owls in 
three species. 


We saw a Snowy Owl at 7:15 am at the intersection of the North Perimeter and 
Hwy 8. It was sitting on one of the tall light standards surrounding the 
overpass. (We saw the same owl again on our way home around 5 pm.) 


Soon after the morning Snowy we found a Northern Hawk Owl about 100 metres 
north of the intersection of Hwy 7 and 78N. It was perched in a tree in a 
pasture 75 metres east of the highway and, Garry will hopefully correct me if 
I’m wrong, was being harassed by ravens. 


Our second Northern Hawk Owl showed up around 11:15 am just north of Dallas on 
PR 224 (north of Hodgson) about 100 metres south of a sign posting Fisher River 
9 km. This one was perched at the tip of a spruce, one of a cluster of spruce 
trees, and was quarrelling with several magpies. Maybe it’s more correct to 
say the magpies were quarrelling with it. 


We continued north from Dallas along Jackhead Road in the hope of a Great Gray 
Owl. And we made it all the way to the end of the road without owl success. But 
on the drive back, at 1:25 pm, we came suddenly upon a Great Gray just off the 
west shoulder of the road. GPS coordinates as follows: UTM 0608906, 5723044. 
Our mileage check back on the 224 placed this owl on Jackhead Road 27.9 kms 
north of its intersection with PR 224. 


We found our third Northern Hawk Owl at 2:18 pm perched on a hydro line east of 
the road at the southern bounds of Peguis along PR 224. GPS coordinates: UTM 
0599422, 5681865. 


Our final owl was another Snowy, this one at the corner of Hwy 8 and Parkdale 
Road just south of the St Andrews airport. 


Good birding,
John

~~~~~~~~~~~~~
John Weier
239 Bartlet Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3L 0Z5
204 284 5313
jweier AT mts.net
www.johnweier.ca
Subject: Owls
From: "John Weier jweier AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:44:51 -0600
Hi Birders,

Garry Budyk and I went out birding today and, while we did record our bird 
sightings, we were especially focused on finding owls. We did see 6 owls in 
three species. 


We saw a Snowy Owl at 7:15 am at the intersection of the North Perimeter and 
Hwy 8. It was sitting on one of the tall light standards surrounding the 
overpass. (We saw the same owl again on our way home around 5 pm.) 


Soon after the morning Snowy we found a Northern Hawk Owl about 100 metres 
north of the intersection of Hwy 7 and 78N. It was perched in a tree in a 
pasture 75 metres east of the highway and, Garry will hopefully correct me if 
I’m wrong, was being harassed by ravens. 


Our second Northern Hawk Owl showed up around 11:15 am just north of Dallas on 
PR 224 (north of Hodgson) about 100 metres south of a sign posting Fisher River 
9 km. This one was perched at the tip of a spruce, one of a cluster of spruce 
trees, and was quarrelling with several magpies. Maybe it’s more correct to 
say the magpies were quarrelling with it. 


We continued north from Dallas along Jackhead Road in the hope of a Great Gray 
Owl. And we made it all the way to the end of the road without owl success. But 
on the drive back, at 1:25 pm, we came suddenly upon a Great Gray just off the 
west shoulder of the road. GPS coordinates as follows: UTM 0608906, 5723044. 
Our mileage check back on the 224 placed this owl on Jackhead Road 27.9 kms 
north of its intersection with PR 224. 


We found our third Northern Hawk Owl at 2:18 pm perched on a hydro line east of 
the road at the southern bounds of Peguis along PR 224. GPS coordinates: UTM 
0599422, 5681865. 


Our final owl was another Snowy, this one at the corner of Hwy 8 and Parkdale 
Road just south of the St Andrews airport. 


Good birding,
John

~~~~~~~~~~~~~
John Weier
239 Bartlet Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3L 0Z5
204 284 5313
jweier AT mts.net
www.johnweier.ca
Subject: N. Cardinal
From: "Rudolf Koes rkoes AT mts.net [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:41:03 -0600
Hello all, 
It was a pleasant surprise this morning to hear a Northern Cardinal singing 
lustily at - 22 C along Rowandale in North Kildonan. Cardinals have been a 
feature in the general area now for several years, but I had neither seen nor 
heard one there since last fall. 

Cheers, 
Rudolf Koes, 
Winnipeg.
Subject: Re: Owls
From: "csalki csalki AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:41:03 -0600
Two of my neighbours on Kilkenny Dr. (river side) recently observed owls in 
their backyards. The first one was watched for several hrs, perched on a small 
Spruce tree, and has been confirmed by Rob Parsons as a Saw-whet Owl (photo 
sent to Rob). The 2nd was a Great Gray Owl on Feb. 22 from 3:00-6:00 but no 
photo. 


Catherine Salki
981 Kilkenny Dr., Winnipeg, MB

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Subject: Owls
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Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:30:35 -0600
I have recently become aware of a couple of interesting reports of owls seen 
northeast of Morden in the Burwalde area. A Saw-whet Owl was seen in a wooded 
area on 15 February 2015 but unfortunately was later found dead. The second owl 
was a Boreal Owl seen in the the same general woodlot on 23 February. Both owls 
were photographed. 


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Subject: Barred Owl
From: "JRodger jrodger AT xplornet.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:14:21 -0600
 

I can't recall whether there was a Barred Owl on the DOWL, but I heard
one unmistakeably calling (or unmistakeably heard one calling) tonight
(Feb 25) at about 11:00. 

Johanna Rodger 

Argyle, MB 

 
Subject: RFI: Bald Eagles in Winter in Manitoba
From: "maybank AT ns.sympatico.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Feb 2015 04:39:33 -0800
24 Feb 2015

Yesterday evening my sister and brother-in-law were snow-shoeing along the Red 
River just south of Kildonan Park when they saw an adult Bald Eagle flying 
along the river. How unusual a sighting is that for Manitoba in winter? It is 
on the DOWL I note. In Nova Scotia, thanks especially to discarded chickens at 
big poultry farms, and food waste from Mink farms and Salmon pens, Bald Eagles 
are a common winter sight, even approaching pest concentrations. 


Wind chill of -40 here in Halifax this morning. Kind of reminds me of my 
childhood in the prairies . . . 


Blake Maybank
Halifax (but still a prairie boy)
 

Subject: Manitoba Winter Bird List 2014/15
From: "'Rob Parsons' parsons8 AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:53:30 -0600
Hi all,

I’m delighted to report one more species for the winter list, Northern 
Saw-whet Owl, found by Margaret Yorke & Millie Reid. Had it not been for last 
year, this species would have had a perfect record on past winter lists. I was 
beginning to think, though, that it would fail again. My heartfelt thanks to 
Marg & Millie for their report! 


Glad to get one more species for the list, which climbs to 88. While this has 
been a favourite number of mine for many years, it’s still a trifle weak for 
a winter list total and so if there’s any possibility of anything else out 
there, please do let me know. Will this be our final addition? I hope not, but 
the period ends this coming Saturday on the stroke of midnight. I guess the 
stroke of midnight is actually Sunday morning, but I hope I’m making sense. 


Please keep reporting your species, and those of others, to the winter list, 
and please keep checking the list for errors or omissions. 


Cheers,

Rob Parsons
Winnipeg, MB
CANADA
parsons8 AT mts.net





      Manitoba Winter Bird List 2014/15
        1.. Canada Goose 
        2.. Mallard 
        3.. Common Goldeneye 
        4.. Hooded Merganser 
        5.. Common Merganser 
        6.. Ruddy Duck 
        7.. Gray Partridge 
        8.. Ring-necked Pheasant 
        9.. Ruffed Grouse 
        10.. Spruce Grouse 
        11.. Willow Ptarmigan 
        12.. Sharp-tailed Grouse 
        13.. Wild Turkey 
        14.. Turkey Vulture 
        15.. Bald Eagle 
        16.. Sharp-shinned Hawk 
        17.. Cooper’s Hawk 
        18.. Northern Goshawk 
        19.. Red-tailed Hawk 
        20.. Rough-legged Hawk 
        21.. Golden Eagle 
        22.. American Coot 
        23.. Rock Pigeon 
        24.. Eurasian Collared-Dove 
        25.. Mourning Dove 
        26.. Eastern Screech-Owl 
        27.. Great Horned Owl 
        28.. Snowy Owl 
        29.. Northern Hawk Owl 
        30.. Barred Owl 
        31.. Great Gray Owl 
        32.. Boreal Owl 
        33.. Northern Saw-whet Owl 
        34.. Red-bellied Woodpecker 
        35.. Downy Woodpecker 
        36.. Hairy Woodpecker 
        37.. American Three-toed Woodpecker 
        38.. Black-backed Woodpecker 
        39.. Northern Flicker 
        40.. Pileated Woodpecker 
        41.. American Kestrel 
        42.. Merlin 
        43.. Gyrfalcon 
        44.. Northern Shrike 
        45.. Gray Jay 
        46.. Blue Jay 
        47.. Black-billed Magpie 
        48.. American Crow 
        49.. Common Raven 
        50.. Horned Lark 
        51.. Black-capped Chickadee 
        52.. Boreal Chickadee 
        53.. Red-breasted Nuthatch 
        54.. White-breasted Nuthatch 
        55.. Brown Creeper 
        56.. Golden-crowned Kinglet 
        57.. Townsend’s Solitaire 
        58.. Hermit Thrush 
        59.. American Robin 
        60.. Varied Thrush 
        61.. European Starling 
        62.. Bohemian Waxwing 
        63.. Cedar Waxwing 
        64.. Lapland Longspur 
        65.. Snow Bunting 
        66.. American Tree Sparrow 
        67.. Chipping Sparrow 
        68.. White-throated Sparrow 
        69.. Harris’s Sparrow 
        70.. White-crowned Sparrow 
        71.. Dark-eyed Junco 
        72.. Northern Cardinal 
        73.. Red-winged Blackbird 
        74.. Yellow-headed Blackbird 
        75.. Rusty Blackbird 
        76.. Common Grackle 
        77.. Pine Grosbeak 
        78.. House Finch 
        79.. Purple Finch 
        80.. Red Crossbill 
        81.. White-winged Crossbill 
        82.. Common Redpoll 
        83.. Hoary Redpoll 
        84.. Pine Siskin 
        85.. American Goldfinch 
        86.. Evening Grosbeak 
        87.. House Sparrow 
        88.. Eurasian Tree Sparrow

     •   •   •  •  



.
 
 
Subject: Dead Of Winter List 2015
From: "'Rob Parsons' parsons8 AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:34:57 -0600
Hi all,

It has been quite some time since I last updated the DOWL. I was hoping the 
Great Backyard Bird Count would help add a few species and it did. I was also 
hoping it would add something to the full winter list, but I guess you can’t 
have everything. New for the list are: Boreal Owl, Gyrfalcon & Red Crossbill. 


We did, however, get a new bird for both lists, Northern Saw-whet Owl, but not 
from the GBBC. I will update the full list, shortly. 


So the list goes to 67 species, unless I’ve overlooked something. Let me know 
if this is the case. 


Keep those reports coming! We still have almost a week of the period remaining. 


Cheers,

Rob Parsons
Winnipeg, MB
CANADA
parsons8 AT mts.net

DOWL 2015
  1.. Canada Goose 
  2.. Mallard 
  3.. Common Goldeneye 
  4.. Gray Partridge 
  5.. Ruffed Grouse 
  6.. Spruce Grouse 
  7.. Willow Ptarmigan 
  8.. Sharp-tailed Grouse 
  9.. Wild Turkey 
  10.. Bald Eagle 
  11.. Sharp-shinned Hawk 
  12.. Northern Goshawk 
  13.. Red-tailed Hawk 
  14.. Rough-legged Hawk 
  15.. Rock Pigeon 
  16.. Eurasian Collared-Dove 
  17.. Mourning Dove 
  18.. Eastern Screech-Owl 
  19.. Great Horned Owl 
  20.. Snowy Owl 
  21.. Northern Hawk Owl 
  22.. Great Gray Owl 
  23.. Boreal Owl 
  24.. Northern Saw-whet Owl 
  25.. Red-bellied Woodpecker 
  26.. Downy Woodpecker 
  27.. Hairy Woodpecker 
  28.. American Three-toed Woodpecker 
  29.. Black-backed Woodpecker 
  30.. Northern Flicker 
  31.. Pileated Woodpecker 
  32.. Merlin 
  33.. Gyrfalcon 
  34.. Northern Shrike 
  35.. Gray Jay 
  36.. Blue Jay 
  37.. Black-billed Magpie 
  38.. American Crow 
  39.. Common Raven 
  40.. Horned Lark 
  41.. Black-capped Chickadee 
  42.. Boreal Chickadee 
  43.. Red-breasted Nuthatch 
  44.. White-breasted Nuthatch 
  45.. Brown Creeper 
  46.. Hermit Thrush 
  47.. American Robin 
  48.. Varied Thrush 
  49.. European Starling 
  50.. Bohemian Waxwing 
  51.. Snow Bunting 
  52.. White-throated Sparrow 
  53.. Dark-eyed Junco 
  54.. Northern Cardinal 
  55.. Common Grackle 
  56.. Pine Grosbeak 
  57.. House Finch 
  58.. Purple Finch 
  59.. Red Crossbill 
  60.. White-winged Crossbill 
  61.. Common Redpoll 
  62.. Hoary Redpoll 
  63.. Pine Siskin 
  64.. American Goldfinch 
  65.. Evening Grosbeak 
  66.. House Sparrow 
  67.. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Subject: Snowy Owl
From: "Erica Alex bird_loving_erica2014 AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:07:08 +0000 (UTC)
Yesterday (Feb 22) while on the way home from Virden I got another look at the 
Snowy Owl I saw on the 21st. It was again on the large Hydro poles about 100 
feet into the field. This time I had my binos and my camera and I was 
determined to get a good look at it. So out my mom and I trekked knee deep in 
snow till we got the looks we wanted. The photos weren't that great as it was 
6:00pm and the sun was going down but they could be worse. We got great bino 
views though. It turned out that he was a bright white male. 

Erica AlexMinnedosa, MB
Subject: Owl Outing, Starbuck area
From: "penner.carole AT yahoo.com [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Feb 2015 16:46:47 -0800
Michael Loyd, Ray Iverson and I spent the afternoon looking for owls today in 
the Starbuck area. In total, north and south of Starbuck, we had 7 Snowy Owls, 
and 4 Great Horned owls (2 pairs). Michael and Ray found Snowy #8 at 
Headingley, as well as a Northern Shrike across from Beaudry Park. 
Interestingly, the majority of the Snowy owls seen today were bright white 
males. 

Also seen were 30+ Common Ravens North of Starbuck. 

A beautiful day to be out in the bright sunshine. 

Cheers,
Carole Penner
North of Starbuck

 

Subject: goodbye roadrunner!
From: "'Garry Budyk' callgud AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:44:03 -0600
Looks like our flightless White-throated Sparrow ( “the roadrunner” ) has 
runs it’s last sprint. We haven’t seen it since Tuesday ( 17 Feb ) and 
although we were hoping it was just lying low, it seems certain now that it 
finally succumbed to either the cold, a predator or it’s injury. 


Would have been nice to get it through the winter but it’s still amazing that 
a passerine incapable of flight could survive until mid-February in Winnipeg! 


Cheers,
Garry Budyk
Winnipeg MB
Subject: Re: Bohemian Waxwings, Pembina Valley
From: "billysoy AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:58:34 -0000




Subject: Bohemian Waxwings, Pembina Valley
From: "billysoy AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:41:15 -0000




Subject: Goldfinches
From: "ruthhiebert AT gmail.com [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Feb 2015 05:45:03 -0800
My Niger feeder which has hung unused for about a year or more now is busy. 
This COLD morning I had 8 Goldfinches fighting for perches. The regulars are 
also around,such as Chickadees,Blue Jays,Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers. I have 
seen a Pine Siskin or two. 

  Happy Birding,
    Ruth Hiebert,Morden,MB

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Subject: Snowy Owl and a Bald Eagle
From: "Erica Alex bird_loving_erica2014 AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 23:12:21 +0000 (UTC)
Hey Everyone!
Today (Feb 21st) while coming home from a trip to Brandon with my friend I saw 
a Bald Eagle and a Snowy Owl. The Bald Eagle was in the trees bordering the 
river right near the Riverbank Discovery Center. The Snowy Owl was on one of 
the big wooden power poles just north of Brandon. Looked like a pretty white 
male but alas I didn't have my binos or camera. 

At the feeders all of the usual but a flock of about a dozen Common Redpolls 
have become regulars as well 3 Hoaries. Also some Pine Grosbeaks have become 
regulars. 

Erica AlexMinnedosa, MB
Subject: Northern Saw-whet Owl
From: "Margaret Yorke yorkem AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 14:38:34 -0600
Yesterday, February 19, after snowshoeing in the Brandon Hills, we drove back 
to Brandon via 105W to check access to the Little Souris River where we often 
snowshoe. As we approached the bridge shortly after 6 PM a “what was that?” 
flew low across the road (A chunky bird) . “That” proved to be a Northern 
Saw-whet Owl which landed in a tree on the east side of the road giving us good 
binocular views. 


Margaret Yorke & Millie Reid
Brandon, MB
Subject: Bohemian Waxwings and Northern Goshawk
From: "Joanne Smith jdsmith6614 AT yahoo.com [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:48:03 -0600
Hi, 

A quick trip to the Hodgson post office at lunch time today gave me 
twenty-seven Bohemian Waxwings in a neighbouring yard. 


And a late afternoon snowshoe south of our house gave me my first goshawk of 
the year. I was going through the bush at the north end of the Alvar area when 
I thought I heard the very faint sound of a Pileated woodpecker. However, a few 
minutes later a bird flew directly across the trail and directly into the thick 
spruce. My initial thought was that it resembled a red-tailed hawk but then 
realized it was a northern goshawk. The sound I had previously heard wasn't a 
Pileated woodpecker at all. 


Hope the Northern Goshawk prefers the taste of Bohemian Waxwings over Boreal 
Owls! 


Joanne Smith, Hodgson




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Subject: Sharp-shinned Hawk
From: "'Rob Parsons' parsons8 AT mymts.net [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:25:24 -0600
Hi all,

I’ve always been jealous of people reporting Sharp-shinned Hawks in winter, 
as I had never seen one in Manitoba in winter, but today (Wednesday, February 
18th) the drought ended. A good-sized adult, therefore presumably female, flew 
toward me, then banked and landed in (and disappeared into) a spruce tree. Then 
it flew a second time and landed in another spruce tree, but this time nicely 
visible, allowing views of the rusty-orange breast and dull slaty blue 
upperparts. Really a striking looking bird but although I was delighted to see 
one after all these years, I will also be delighted if it quickly moves on, 
too! This was about 5 houses to the north of my house on Thatcher Drive in 
South Fort Garry near Bishop Grandin Boulevard. 


Cheers,

Rob Parsons
Winnipeg, MB
CANADA
parsons8 AT mts.net
Subject: Boreal Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)
From: "christian artuso chartuso AT hotmail.com [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:40:03 +0000
Jo Swartz, Betsy Thorsteinson and I tried a little boreal birding for Great 
Backyard Bird Count out Old Hwy 15 and back on Spruce Sidings. Highlights, in 
addition to meeting Bob and Donna Saunders and Ray Methot, included: 

* Northern Hawk Owl along Spruce Sidings (we were beginning to despair of 
seeing any in the extremely strong winds) 

* 3 each of American Three-toed and Black-backed Woodpeckers (one location at 
the western end of Old 15 and another several kilometres east of Lewis Rd, both 
with obvious scaling). 

*  Boreal Chickadee on Lewis Road and both redpoll species 
*  Evening Grosbeak at Elma and Pine Grosbeak on Spruce Sidings
* White-winged Crossbills in Whitemouth (many cones and obvious rings of fallen 
cones below trees) 

*  Snow Buntings along Hwy 11  
 
Christian Artuso (Winnipeg)
 		 	   		  
Subject: RE: Northern Cardinal
From: "christian artuso chartuso AT hotmail.com [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:38:58 +0000

Jo Swartz, Betsy Thorsteinson and I tried a little boreal birding for Great 
Backyard Bird Count out Old Hwy 15 and back on Spruce Sidings. Highlights, in 
addition to meeting Bob and Donna Saunders and Ray Methot, included: 

 
* Northern Hawk Owl along Spruce Sidings (we were beginning to despair of 
seeing any in the extremely strong winds) 

* 3 each of American Three-toed and Black-backed Woodpeckers (one location at 
the western end of Old 15 and another several kilometres east of Lewis Rd, both 
with obvious scaling). 

*  Boreal Chickadee on Lewis Road and both redpoll species 
*  Evening Grosbeak at Elma and Pine Grosbeak on Spruce Sidings
* White-winged Crossbills in Whitemouth (many cones and obvious rings of fallen 
cones below trees) 

*  Snow Buntings along Hwy 11  
 
Christian Artuso (Winnipeg)

  		 	   		  
Subject: Northern Cardinal
From: "stumckay1954 AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Feb 2015 19:21:00 -0800
It's been so long since I last posted here, I forgot the rules. I forgot to 
include my name/address at the end of my post. 

 My sister, who resides in the City of Selkirk, Mb. has been feeding a Northern 
Cardinal (male) since this past November. The bird shows up on a daily basis, 
spends some time at the feeders and then disappears. 

 Happy birding one and all! 
  
 Stu McKay
 Lockport, Mb.  
Subject: Northern Cardinal
From: "stumckay1954 AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Feb 2015 19:13:41 -0800
Its been a long time since I last posted here. However, I decided to share with 
the group, the Northern Cardinal (male) that has been hanging around my sisters 
residence all winter. My sister lives in the City of Selkirk, Mb. Each winter, 
she along with her son, hang multiple feeders in the backyard. As is the case 
every winter, the feeders attract birds we expect. Species such as Black-capped 
Chickadees, Blue Jays, White-breasted Nuthatches to name a few. However, this 
past November, a Northern Cardinal showed up one morning at the feeders and 
it's continued to show up on a daily basis throughout the entire winter thus 
far. Hopefully this trend continues throughout the remainder of this winter! 
Subject: pileated woodpeckers
From: "Lars Jansson janssonl AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:27:26 -0600
This afternoon (Tuesday. Feb 17) two male pileated woodpeckers spent 
some time in the woods along the Assiniboine in Charleswood.  They hung 
out closely together and flew away together.  Young siblings perhaps?

Lars Jansson
Charleswood, Winnipeg



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Subject: Boreal
From: "Joanne Smith jdsmith6614 AT yahoo.com [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:59:13 -0600
Just a quick note to say we had a boreal owl in our yard just before leaving 
for work earlier this morning. Thanks to blue jays and black-capped chickadees 
for alerting me! (Went to work with snow-filled boots and wet pants.) 


It wasn't sitting on a nice spruce branch but rather a fungus attached to a 
white poplar. 


Joanne Smith, Hodgson

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Subject: Owls
From: "Joanne Smith jdsmith6614 AT yahoo.com [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 23:02:32 -0600
We had a few short owl sightings up here in the Hodgson area this weekend. 

Yesterday, I watched a northern hawk owl about 2 miles east of Hodgson sitting 
at the top of a dead spruce tree. It sat there for a few minutes and then flew 
to another living spruce where it was quickly harassed by white-winged 
crossbills. It only put up with this for a minute or so and then flew off in a 
south east direction. 


This afternoon, Dave and I drove out east on PR325 where we saw another 
northern hawk owl about 8 miles east of Hodgson. We then went north on what is 
locally referred to as the "Fish Road" (runs north from PR325 to Koostatak, 
Fisher River Reserve). The only birds seen on that road were a few black-capped 
chickadees and one American Crow. 


Finally, on our way home, while driving through Peguis (PR224) we saw one great 
gray about .5 miles north of the Peguis arena. It was at 6:00 pm so it wasn't a 
clear view but good enough to tell that it was a great gray. 


A pretty decent way to start the week.

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Subject: Monday outing
From: "'bdjjsau' bdjjsau AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:44:41 -0600
We left Winnipeg before 8:00 this morning for a nice birding drive.We were
hoping to add a few new birds to our year list.We saw a lone sharp-tailed
grouse just east of Anola. Next were a couple of gray jays at the start of
Old #15. A black-backed woodpecker on Old #15, which we never would have
found without the help of some other birders. Hoary redpolls on the south
end of Lewis road. At Elma there was a nice flock of evening grosbeaks on
the east side of town. We then took Prov. Road # 406 and found a flock of
about 50 snow buntings. Our next birds were seen as we left Mc Arthur Falls,
about a dozen white-winged crossbills in the 2 spruce trees just past the
hydro station on the right.

Our last  bird of the day was the varied thrush on Traverse Bay road E. We
waited about ten minutes before it showed up at 3:20 this afternoon. We only
saw one white-breasted nuthatch all day, and no red-breasted. Not one owl of
any kind.A great day!

Bob and Donna Saunders.
Subject: GBBC
From: "JRodger jrodger AT xplornet.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 07:48:31 -0600
Saturday's cold really concentrated our yard birds.  I was around all 
day, but counted just the largest grouping of each species that I saw at 
one time:  Pine Grosbeaks 15+; Common (30+) and Hoary (several) 
Redpolls; BC Chickadees 20+; Bluejays 6; Hairy Woodpecker 1; Downy 
Woodpecker 1; WB Nuthatch 2; DE Juncos 2 (they spend nights in my 
hayshed) and 1 Common Raven (flyby).

Johanna Rodger
5 Miles north of Argyle
Subject: Re: Need ID for Backyard Bird Count Hawk
From: "bkrosney AT nlis.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Feb 2015 13:48:21 -0800
I'd like to thank everyone who replied to my ID question. 
  
 Not a Harrier, but a young Sharp-shinned Hawk. 
  
 After a winter where there were only the usual birds (BC Chickadees, WB 
Nuthatches, Hairy & Downy Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, House Sparrows, Common & 
Hoary Redpolls,Crows, Ravens and Magpies and sporadically Waxwings and the 
Great Horned Owl- which showed up perched in a tree by the feeders earlier this 
afternoon!) this hawk was a surprise - especially when I sat down to do the 
GBBC. 

  
 Again, thanks to everyone
  
 Barb Krosney
 Dufresne MB
Subject: Eurasian Tree Sparrow
From: "mloydassoc AT shaw.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Feb 2015 12:44:22 -0800

 After much frustration, failure and freezing of fingers in January in pursuit 
of the Eurasian Tree Sparrow, I had an opportunity on Saturday between 
destinations to drop by its site for a brief period and see whether I could 
improve my luck while concurrently avoiding a trip through downtown. I had 
easily found the bird on my first two visits to the site in December and saw it 
multiple times, but whiffed totally in 4-5 trips in January involving perhaps 7 
cold hours of searching. 

  
 Saturday’s visit started like all my recent ones in that could not find a 
trace of this bird for the first 45 minutes, but my fingers were not freezing, 
so I carried on a little longer before I would have to leave for an 
appointment. Suddenly, the bird appeared on the barbed wire above the hedge on 
Redwood. And, when I lost contact, I quickly found the bird again. 

  
 The Eurasian has grown a small hook on its bill over the cold MB winter, I 
noticed from photographs. A new photograph of the bird from behind showed that 
its back, rump and uppertail coverts were a single plain brown color. If I 
noticed this in December, I had forgotten. 

  
 I shall post one new picture on this site. There are 3 new ones in my FLICKR 
album and December pictures are also available further down for comparison. My 
review of many other Eurasian Tree Sparrow pictures on other FLICKR pages 
showed very few with hooks on their bills. The hook is not a major point by any 
means, but it was interesting to see one on an individual without one 
originally and in a species that normally does not appear to sport them. 

  
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/96313041 AT N08/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/96313041 AT N08/ 

  
 It was great to see this little bird again, and I’ll undoubtedly try again 
in the future. 

  
  
 Michael Loyd
 
 Winnipeg
 

Subject: GBBC
From: "curtis.lindaj AT gmail.com [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Feb 2015 09:51:03 -0800
I went on what's now my annual winter bird trip to L. Wanipigow on Friday , Feb 
13th, with two stops in between at Gull Lake near Stead and a feeder at 
Powerview/ Pine Falls. The temperature of -15C was fine but the gusting winds 
probably didn't help in seeing or hearing more birds for the GBBC. And being 
outside the car for very long didn't happen, as well as photos. 


As others who have traveled north-east on Hwy 59 and connecting with 304 this 
winter, I saw no owls but did see a flock of about 30 Snow Buntings along 59. 


At Gull Lake, I spent an hour noting Pine Grosbeaks (on Ahrnold St) and then a 
flock of about 25 Evening Grosbeaks in the area of John St and Ewart... A Dead 
end sign for Ewart marked the area that was alive with Evening Grosbeaks. If it 
had not been so cold, it would have been easy to spend a lot more time enjoying 
these beautiful birds who flew in as a flock of about 25. As I walked down 
Ewart, they surrounded me on all sides ....I wondered if they thought I was the 
food fairy. Anyway, it was a treat for me! A resident in the area who I spoke 
to said he puts out seed so perhaps that was the draw. Good to know. 


Other birds in that area were Blue Jay(6), BC Chicadee(12), Common Raven(6), 
Common Redpoll (15), Piliated Woodpecker (1), Red(1) and White- breasted 
Nuthatches(2), Gray Jay(1) and a Downy Woodpecker(1). 


At a Pine Falls feeder there were 3 Pine Grosbeaks and 4 Blue Jay.

And at my destination, Lake Wanipigow; Snow Buntings (5), Common Raven (4), 
Pine Grosbeaks (4), Common Redpolls (45) and one Red-breasted Nuthatch. 


If we get some warmer winter days, Gull Lake is definitely a great birding 
destination and not too far a drive for those who live in Winnipeg. 

Cheers
Linda Curtis
Kirkfield Park, Winnipeg.


 

Subject: GBBC
From: "Erica Alex bird_loving_erica2014 AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 23:41:23 +0000 (UTC)
I spent about an hour and a half today doing counts at the feeder today. All of 
the usual suspects but some nice surprises were a couple of Common Redpolls, A 
Hoary Redpoll and 7 Pine Grosbeaks. I noticed an unusual Common Redpoll that 
had an enlarged patch of black on one side. What normally would have been a 
small patch extending no further than the eye extended all the way to the 
cheek. 

Erica AlexMinnedosa, MB
Subject: Robin
From: "smurfy AT mts.net [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Feb 2015 14:20:35 -0800
 I saw a Robin fly across the road in the southwest corner of Brandon today 
(34th Street & Willowdale Cres.). I was a little surprised but happy to see it! 
Hope it finds somewhere warm to hang out because it's very cold here today. 

 

 Carolyn Evans
 Rapid City, Mb
Subject: Eurasian Tree Sparrow
From: "jehays54 AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Feb 2015 13:49:39 -0800
Took a drive out to Stony Mountain and had two Snowy Owls on
 321 east of # 7 as well as three small flocks of Snow Buntings . On the way 
home I stopped at Aberdeen and Shaughnessy and had a good look at the Eurasian 
Tree Sparrow feeding in the back yard with the House Sparrows . 

 

 John Hays
 Winnipeg
 

 

 

Subject: DOWL
From: "brandon_club AT yahoo.ca [Manitobabirds]" <Manitobabirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Feb 2015 13:38:56 -0800
An addition for the DOWL a cedar waxwing amongst about 250 or so Bohemian 
waxwings in the Valleyview area of Brandon. 

Gillian Richards