The Wood Folk Diaries: Volume 2, Chapter 13: Meet the Gray Catbird

The Wood Folk Diaries: Volume 2, Chapter 13: Meet the Gray Catbird

Dear Wood Folk, Around Haliburton, Ontario we have a few mimids/”mimic” birds. There’s the brown thrasher, which sometimes gets mistaken for a woodpecker or roadrunner. There’s the northern mockingbird, which I’ve yet to see, and has only been recorded once on iNat for Haliburton county. And there’s this slate-colored mimic called the gray catbird (dumetella …

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The Wood Folk Diaries: Volume 2, Chapter 11: Meet the Song Sparrow and Friends

The Wood Folk Diaries: Volume 2, Chapter 11: Meet the Song Sparrow and Friends

Dear Wood Folk, The song sparrow (melospiza melodia) is the sparrow I most often spot and especially hear around Haliburton. But I’ve seen 8 species of sparrows, listed here in order of my own frequency: our feature song sparrow, white-throated (zonotrichia albicollis), chipping (spizella passerina), dark-eyed junco (junco hyemalis), fox sparrow (passerella iliaca), American tree …

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