Fall is the time when the skies are emptying and the forests are growing quiet. It is the fall migration season and most birds are leaving us for warmer climates. But is it really the case? Many people tend to overlook the species that stay around and face the harshness of our winter.
Some of our most noticeable species are residents that breed and winter here. Good examples are the bright red Northern Cardinal and the striking Blue Jay. Most woodpeckers, the nuthatches, the House Sparrows and the Mourning Doves will also stay, as well as the tiny American Goldfinches and Black-Capped Chickadees.
For other species, southern Quebec is their Florida! They will spend their summer in the boreal forest or the arctic tundra and fly down to winter here. The redpolls and juncos are the most commonly seen of these wintering birds but the occasional Fox Sparrow, Crossbill and Pine or Evening Grosbeak, in their reddish-brown, red or yellow hues, are exciting to see. If you live in an agricultural area, you might get the chance to see flocks of snow buntings eating corn.
We tend to think that the cold temperature is the main issue for wild birds, however, their biggest challenge is finding food. To help these birds during this harsh season, you can hang feeders in your backyard filled with high energy seeds. Plants that retain their fruits and seeds over the winter are also a great source of food for birds.
To learn about the different seeds and feeders available at our La Plume Verte shop visit our online store.