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Bird Tweet of the Week: Solitary Sandpiper
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Solitary Sandpiper

This shore bird prefers to migrate along and nests in trees. Two behaviours which set it apart from other shorebirds. [caption id="attachment_14568" align="alignleft" width="300"]solitary sandpaper Solitary Sandpaper. Photographed by Marv Elliott[/caption] Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through our segment on CBC Radio's In Town and Out. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada's Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Be sure to tune-in to "Bird Tweet of the Week" on CBC Radio One 91.5 FM on Saturday mornings from 6am to 9am and listen to past episodes on our website This episode aired on Saturday September 21, 2013

Bird Tweet of the Week: Common Nighthawk
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Common Nighthawk

The Common Nighthawk is crepuscular, meaning it is active around dusk and dawn. It is a master of camouflage that roosts invisibly by day either on the ground, on a perch or in a tree. [caption id="attachment_14561" align="alignleft" width="300"]common nighthawk Male Common Nighthawk[/caption] Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through our segment on CBC Radio's In Town and Out. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada's Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Be sure to tune-in to "Bird Tweet of the Week" on CBC Radio One 91.5 FM on Saturday mornings from 6am to 9am and listen to past episodes on our website This episode aired on Saturday September 14, 2013

Bird Tweet of the Week: Purple Martin
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Purple Martin

Purple Martins are found locally during migration and breeding between mid-April and early July, and gather in large flocks and move through the region throughout August, vanishing by Labour Day. [caption id="attachment_14558" align="alignleft" width="300"]purple martin Purple Martin. Photographed by Greg Lasley[/caption] Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through our segment on CBC Radio's In Town and Out. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada's Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Be sure to tune-in to "Bird Tweet of the Week" on CBC Radio One 91.5 FM on Saturday mornings from 6am to 9am and listen to past episodes on our website This episode aired on Saturday September 7, 2013

Bird Tweet of the Week: American Goldfinch
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Bird Tweet of the Week: American Goldfinch

At the feeder, Goldfinches are noisy and boisterous, and always appear to be squabbling with each other. [caption id="attachment_14555" align="alignleft" width="300"]american goldfinch American Goldfinch. Photographed by Carla Sbert[/caption] Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through our segment on CBC Radio's In Town and Out. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada's Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Be sure to tune-in to "Bird Tweet of the Week" on CBC Radio One 91.5 FM on Saturday mornings from 6am to 9am and listen to past episodes on our website This episode aired on Saturday August 31, 2013

Bird Tweet of the Week: Great Egret
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Great Egret

The call of this stark white bird brings to mind a dinosaur. You won’t likely hear it unless the birds are in courtship, on the nest or startled. [caption id="attachment_14551" align="alignleft" width="240"]great egret Great Egret[/caption] Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through our segment on CBC Radio's In Town and Out. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada's Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Be sure to tune-in to "Bird Tweet of the Week" on CBC Radio One 91.5 FM on Saturday mornings from 6am to 9am and listen to past episodes on our website This episode aired on Saturday August 24, 2013

Bird Tweet of the Week: Cedar Waxwing
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Cedar Waxwing

Local observations of this species occur year-round but peak from early June before dropping-off in mid-September. Look for waxwings feasting on Sumac berries during the winter months. [caption id="attachment_14547" align="alignleft" width="300"]cedar waxwing Cedar Waxwing. Photographed by BJ Stacey[/caption] Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through our segment on CBC Radio's In Town and Out. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada's Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Be sure to tune-in to "Bird Tweet of the Week" on CBC Radio One 91.5 FM on Saturday mornings from 6am to 9am and listen to past episodes on our website This episode aired on Saturday August 17, 2013

Bird Tweet of the Week: Red-Eyed Vireo
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Red-Eyed Vireo

The song of the Red-Eyed Vireo has an intonation which makes it sound like a series of questions and answers. [caption id="attachment_14544" align="alignleft" width="199"]red-eyed vireo Red-Eyed Vireo. Photographed by Greg Lasley[/caption]   Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada’s Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Catch up on past episodes here on our website.

Bird Tweet of the Week: Hermit Thrush
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrushes breed in our region in all forest types, where their nests are located low in vegetation or on the ground. They can often be spotted or heard near clearings or along trails in wooded areas, but don’t expect them to visit your feeder. They feed on insects on the forest floor and in vegetation using their feet to rummage through leaf litter. [caption id="attachment_14541" align="alignleft" width="292"]hermit thrush Hermit Thrush. Photographed by Phil Myers[/caption]   Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada’s Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Catch up on past episodes here on our website.

Bird Tweet of the Week: House Finch
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Bird Tweet of the Week: House Finch

House Finches now thrive in our yards, parks and urban centres. They nest in all types of trees, and even in building vents and hanging planters. You’ll see or hear them calling year-round from tall trees and hydro-lines. [caption id="attachment_14537" align="alignleft" width="219"]house finch House Finch. Photographed by Phil Myers[/caption] Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through our segment on CBC Radio's In Town and Out. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada's Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Be sure to tune-in to "Bird Tweet of the Week" on CBC Radio One 91.5 FM on Saturday mornings from 6am to 9am and listen to past episodes on our website This episode aired on Saturday July 27, 2013.

Bird Tweet of the Week: Common Grackle
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Common Grackle

A “plague” of grackles might be mistaken for crows, but look closely, these birds are actually iridescent with a purple/blue-green sheen to their heads and bronzy iridescent bodies. [caption id="attachment_14533" align="alignleft" width="300"]Common Grackle Common Grackle[/caption] Each week we introduce a new bird from the Ottawa-Gatineau area through our segment on CBC Radio's In Town and Out. Alex MacDonald, Nature Canada's Manager of Protected Areas, shares interesting facts about the birds that live in our communities. Be sure to tune-in to "Bird Tweet of the Week" on CBC Radio One 91.5 FM on Saturday mornings from 6am to 9am and listen to past episodes on our website This episode aired on Saturday July 20, 2013.

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