Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

“maides maides maides, put on your tea kettle, ettle, ettle, ettle.”

After photographing the American Goldfinch, I wandered around the grounds of the municipal complex. The grounds are expansive, but I soon found myself at the edge of the property. A thicket of shrubs and a few tall trees separated the municipal complex from a residential neighbourhood.

As is often the case with small songbirds, I heard the Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) before I saw it.

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

They have a distinctive "po-ta-to-chip" call.

After photographing the Eastern Bluebird at the front of the municipal centre, my curiosity led me to walk around the building looking for birds. I discovered a large open field on the western side surrounded by tall trees and shrubs. I could hear numerous birds, including what sounded like an American Goldfinch. Merlin ID confirmed what I heard, but where was the bird?

I found a spot between two trees with an island of leafy shrubs growing around a fallen dead tree trunk. I waited and waited and waited. I was eventually rewarded when the goldfinch dropped down to the shrub to check me out.

Township Municipal Center · 27 April 2024 · Apple iPhone 11 Pro · iPhone 11 Pro back camera 6mm f/2

The American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) is a small songbird with vibrant yellow plumage in the males during the breeding season, while females and non-breeding males are more subdued in colour. These finches primarily eat seeds and can often be seen foraging in open fields and meadows.

Spinus tristis are adaptable and can be found in a variety of environments, including suburban parks, gardens, and fields. Their preference for open spaces with plenty of seed-producing plants makes areas like this municipal centre ideal habitats. They have a distinctive, cheerful song that adds to the charm of their presence.

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) · 27 April 2024 · FujiFilm X-T3 · XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

I was at the Montgomery Township municipal complex for the farmers’ market and just as I got out of the car I heard the song of the Eastern Bluebird. The X-T3 and XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR were still in the car from the morning walk around Charles H. Rogers Wildlife Refuge.

The Eastern Bluebirds favoured a few of the trees near the corner of a fenced-in area at the southern end of the parking lot. I didn’t notice it at first but the fence is the boundary for what appears to be a very small cemetery.

The municipal complex houses the Montgomery Township library, a new modern facility that offers a wide range of services. It has a diverse collection of books, e-books, audiobooks, and digital resources available for borrowing. The library also provides access to computers, Wi-Fi, and printing facilities for public use. Additionally, they host various events, workshops, and programs for all age groups, including children's storytimes, adult literacy classes, book clubs, and cultural events. This summer, the Montgomery Friends of Open Space will host their farmers’ market in the parking lot of the library.

The image was backlit. I had to work on recovering the detail in the shadows.

Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis)
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis) · 27 April 2024 · FujiFilm X-T3 · XF150-600mmF5.6-8 R LM OIS WR