Each season of the year has its own unique draws for most of us in the birding world. While we all enjoy the spoils of birding year-round, spring, summer, fall and winter each have their own perks.
In the spring, the colourful plumage and breeding rituals captivate us, the summer’s hummers keep us busy, fall is a season of preparation and the winter brings us a variety of different species.
Among some of our favourite winter visitors are our winter finches. Here in the Ottawa area, we can be delighted to see a variety of finches such as purple finches, pine siskins, red crossbills and a number of redpolls among others. While their presence in our area is dependent on a number of factors, food is usually the number one reason we see them. As we interpret each season’s finch forecast, what birds we see is usually dependent on the food available up north and in our area for these birds.
With that in mind, here are a few tips to attract and keep your favourite winter finch species around your yard, should we be so fortunate to have them in our region.