Birds of the Cottage Country by William C. Mansell, William Blair Mansell, Sheila Smith

By William C. Mansell, William Blair Mansell, Sheila Smith

Birds of the Cottage state is a digital storybook account of the author’s custom-made observations all through Ontario’s cottage playground. It sincerely illustrates the downright enjoyable, giant attractiveness, and eating involvement of poultry observing – even for the main skeptical of laymen.

Bill Mansell’s day-by-day reviews at birding, unfold over a interval of sixty-five years, bring about the sort of familiarity along with his topic that the reader is drawn as a player right into a delicately appealing intimacy with avian nature.

Birds of the Cottage nation could be learn via a few completely for its humour and humanistic kind; but critical birdwatchers also will locate it a refreshingly new consultant and reference tool.

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The species is virtually semidomesticated and widely held in captivity. Birds seen up here could therefore be either explorers or escapees. The canvasback (34) should occur much as does the redhead (35). Both are favourites of gunners. Barrow's goldeneye (46) is chiefly a duck of the western mountains but the few birds seen here probably originated in Labrador, summer home of the eastern population. Eurasian wigeon (32) will visit both North American coasts when not nesting. Our visitor probably came from the Atlantic side.

Although common birds elsewhere, they are far from so in this region, again thanks to the absence of marshes. My only sights of moorhens here have been at Weeduck Lake, near Huntsville; while, years earlier, the arrival of my train at that town sent the only coot I have seen in the region spattering across Hunter's Bay. The sandhill crane (81), equal in size to the great blue heron, very rarely includes the Cottage Country on its migration between the Canadian prairies and tundra and the southern United States.

The true grouse are the only members capable of challenging our heavy snows, which bring about an early demise to exotics. Grouse and their relatives are non-migratory but sometimes fall and early winter irruptions will deposit birds in distant places. Ernest Thompson Seton's 'Redruff formally introduced me to the ruffed grouse (73). The first chapter of his charming and entertaining account 33 of the famed 'partridge' of Toronto's Don Valley was included in an early school reader. I've continued to champion the grouse, quail, pheasants, and birds in general ever since.

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