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Canada’s Gardens are for the Birds!
Which birds you’ll be seeing depends on where in Canada you are located, but it’s a safe bet that, in every part of the country, there’ll be chickadees, jays, and grosbeaks. Woodpeckers are common too, especially downy and hairy woodpeckers, while colourful waxwings, notorious for their erratic wandering habits, often cluster in public gardens in great numbers, attracted by the abundance of overwintering fruits. The flashiest bird in many areas is the northern cardinal, with its striking red plumes and gardens are its favourite haunt.
There will be bigger birds, too. Many gardens host wild turkeys, pheasants or grouses. If there is open water, such as a lake or pond that doesn’t freeze over, some ducks may overwinter. And way up in the bare branches of the trees, look for the great-horned owl and other owl species.
Bird watching can as simple as a stroll in the park to see what you can see, but for better results, bring binoculars, a camera (you’ll want photos of your expedition!) and a bird ID book. And bring the family too: kids will love looking for birds and in fact, are often better at spotting them than adults. And bring a little bag of sunflower seeds: sometimes you can get chickadees to eat right out of your hand.
So visit one of Canada’s public gardens today: our fine feathered friends await you!