Partridges and pear trees.
- I really do feel its too early to be getting into Christmas songs
but all this snow before the end of October would certainly be a
shock for our friends in Surrey.
Yestrday at about 9:30 there was a covey of 9 Grey Partridge at the
eastern end of University Bridge, not a pear tree in site.
Today just after noon we took a drive around the Forestry Farm which
is undergoing a great deal of disturbance while being transformed
into the "Enchanted Forest". There really is a great deal of iron
work being erected bedecked with lights, so there really is a
partridge in a pear tree. To my delight, this does not seem to have
put the birds off. The birds were pretty active and the numbers
quoted are minimums.
American Robin 10
Northern Flicker (yellow shafted) 4
White-throated Sparrow 2
Blue Jay 2
Black-billed Magpie, several.
Black-capped Chickadee 6
House Sparrow, not counted.
Canada Goose 300, in field just outside northern perimeter fence.
Seen over NE corner of city 6 Ravens, seeming to be playing on the
air currents tumbling and diving....they really did look like they
were doing this for the pleasure of it.....sorry if this is not very
Not seen anybody mention Redpolls yet, I thought theses early snows
would have brought them in early.