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Bird Tweet of the Week: Alder Flycatcher
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Alder Flycatcher

[caption id="attachment_27810" align="alignleft" width="300"]Image of a Alder Flycatcher Photo from Flickr, Carlos Escamilla[/caption] The Alder Flycatcher is very similar to the Willow Flycatcher as they exactly alike and have overlapping ranges. The key ways to tell these birds apart is from their song, stubbornness, and housekeeping habits. 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. [button link="http://naturecanada.ca/what-we-do/naturehood/bird-e-book-series/" size="medium" target="_self" icon="leaf" color="blue" lightbox="false"]Catch up on some of the most common birds you find in your backyard in our brand new e-Book series![/button]

Bird Tweet of the Week: Mourning Dove
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Mourning Dove

Image of a Mourning Dove Being described as inquisitive and bubbly, the Mourning Dove is a species that is native to North America.  This species is quite colourful up close despite their basic dark brown upper parts and tan underside. 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 April 16th, 2016.

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Bird Tweet of the Week: Cackling Goose
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Cackling Goose

[caption id="attachment_27022" align="alignleft" width="300"]Image of a Cackling Goose Photo from Flickr, R. K. Hacken[/caption] For a long time, Cackling Geese were thought to be just a smaller subspecies of the Canada Goose, but genetic analysis painted a different picture. The Cackling Geese are about half the size of Canada Geese but share the general colour pattern of a black head and a large greyish brown body. 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, April 2nd, 2016.

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Bird Tweet of the Week: Lesser Scaup
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Lesser Scaup

[caption id="attachment_26544" align="alignleft" width="300"]Image of a Lesser Scaup Photo from Flickr, John Reaume[/caption] One of Central and North America's most abundant and widely distributed diving duck is the Lesser Scaup! This species can be found in the Ottawa region during its seasonal migration to and from its breeding ground in the Boreal forest and Hudson Bay Lowlands. 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, March 12th, 2016.

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Bird Tweet of the Week: Boreal Owl
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Boreal Owl

[caption id="attachment_26012" align="alignleft" width="300"]Image of a Boreal Owl Boreal owl. Photo from Flickr by Ken Greshowak.[/caption] The Boreal Owl, as its name suggests, is at home deep inside the Canadian Boreal Forest. However, spotting this species can be quite difficult. The Boreal Owl is so secretive that they are only really noticed when calling at this time of year which is when courtship is underway. 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. Listen to past episodes on our website. This episode aired on Saturday, February 27th, 2016.

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Bird Tweet of the Week: Sharp-shinned Hawk
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Sharp-shinned Hawk

[caption id="attachment_25737" align="alignleft" width="300"]Image of a Sharp-shinned Hawk Photo from Flickr, Kelly Colgan Azar[/caption] The Sharp-shinned Hawk is North America's smallest hawk, about the size of a blue jay, and can be found in our region all year round. This hawk prefers forested habitats and forest edges, and typically stays away from open woodlands or open fields. Find out how to identify the Sharp-shinned Hawk in this week's Tweet of the Week! 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, February 20th, 2016. Email Signup

Bird Tweet of the Week: Northern Goshawk
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Northern Goshawk

[caption id="attachment_25338" align="alignleft" width="226"]Image of a Northern Goshawk Photo from Flickr, Ronald Kube[/caption] The Northern Goshawk are raptors and are one of our largest birds of prey. Goshawk adults have a slate-blue head, back, tail and wings with red eyes and thick white eyebrows that flare towards the back of the head. Listen to this species call here! 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, February 6th, 2016. Email Signup

Bird Tweet of the Week: Gray Partridge
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Gray Partridge

[caption id="attachment_25019" align="alignleft" width="300"]Image of a Gray Partridge Photo from Flickr, Tony Beck[/caption] The Gray Partridge is a newcomer to North America and was introduced to Southern Canada and the US Midwest in the 1900's as a game bird. Despite hunting and predation the populations have persisted and expanded its range ever since. But can you find this partridge in a pear tree like The Twelve Days of Christmas song suggests? Find out in this week's tweet of the week! 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, January 30th, 2016. Email Signup

Bird Tweet of the Week: Glaucous Gull
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Bird Tweet of the Week: Glaucous Gull

[caption id="attachment_24739" align="alignleft" width="300"]Image of a Glaucous Gull Photo from Flickr, Ted Krug[/caption] The Glaucous Gulls are winter visitors to the Ottawa region from the coastlines of the high Arctic. This species is large in size and are almost entirely white and pale grey. One noticeable feature is their bright thick yellow bill with a red spot on the bottom near the tip. Listen to its call and a thorough description of the gull in this week's Tweet of the Week! 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, January 16th, 2016. Email Signup

Bird Tweet of the Week: American Coot
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Bird Tweet of the Week: American Coot

[caption id="attachment_24599" align="alignleft" width="300"]Image of an American Coot Photo from Flickr, Isaac Sanchez[/caption] On land, this bird looks like a short plump crane with its long legs, yet they are actually wading birds that masquerade as ducks on the water. What species is it? That's right - it's the American Coot! The American Coot are able to find their food on both land and water, however they are Kleptoparasitism. This simply means that they are known to steal food already collected from other birds. Click on the clip above to learn more about this unique species! 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, January 9th, 2016. Email Signup

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