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pine siskin and a busy weekend at the feeder


I'm kicking myself that we didn't register for the backyard bird count.
Today (Green River Drive, Washago) we had a pine siskin at the feeder in the afternoon; the first all winter. Both male and female purple finches appeared here as well, and the male has been singing in the trees around us. In the yard and nearby, both red and white breasted nuthatches, a hairy woodpecker, pileated woodpecker drumming in the distance, along with the usual mass of goldfinches and chickadees.
On Lake Couchiching a mature bald eagle was standing on the ice. Trumpeter swans were flying around the canal as well. There were some tufts of black feathers and some blood on the path alongside the canal to the Fawcett Agnew Reserve; likely a crow that played a little too fast and close while harassing a raptor or owl...there have been reports of a short-eared owl around here this winter although I haven't seen it. We also saw three American tree sparrows by the same trail.

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