Birds

Woodpecker Damage on Ash Trees at the Morgan Arboretum

Woodpecker Damage on Ash Trees at the Morgan Arboretum

Introduction The emerald ash borer (EAB) has killed 75 million ash trees in North America since 2002 (“Ville de Montreal”, 2015), causing Montreal to invest 15 million dollars over the next three years to deal with the infestation, and plant new trees (Laframboise, 2016). Predators of the EAB larvae include woodpeckers (Jennings et al., 2013). […]

Black-capped chickadee foraging behavior

Black-capped chickadee foraging behavior

  Figure 1. Our study species, the chickadee. The black-capped chickadee, Poecile atricapillus, is one of the most common birds in Canada. It is classified in the family Paridae of the order Passeriformes, and has a range extending across southern Canada and the northern United States.3 Most people are familiar with these birds or have at […]

Chickadee Abundance in Response to Human Presence at the Morgan Arboretum

Chickadee Abundance in Response to Human Presence at the Morgan Arboretum

Appearance and Identification: Black-capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) are well-known songbirds, loved by everyone due to their adorable appearance and curiosity. They have a distinctive black cap and bib, contrasting with their white cheeks. Their sides are buff colored and the feathers of the wings and the tail are gray with paler edges. They molt every […]

Bird Diversity at the Morgan Arboretum

Bird Diversity at the Morgan Arboretum

Birds come in a wide variety of species, each with its own distinctive colours, calls and behaviours. While some birds’ lifestyles cause them to enter in direct competition with others, such as two species competing for the same nesting sites, other groups may avoid such conflicts by adapting to different food sources and habitats. In […]

Pileated Woodpecker whereabouts in the Morgan Arboretum

Pileated Woodpecker whereabouts in the Morgan Arboretum

Research Question In order to to investigate where the Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) is predominantly found within the Morgan Arboretum and whether they have a preference in area or tree they target, we asked ourselves the following question. “Is the Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) more active (excavate more trees) in certain parts of the Morgan […]

Winter adaptations of the Black-Capped Chickadee in the St-Lawrence Lowlands

Winter adaptations of the Black-Capped Chickadee in the St-Lawrence Lowlands

Black-capped Chickadees, Poecile atricapillus, are year round songbirds native to North America.3 Their habitat ranges from the Maritimes up to Alaska, covering 2/3 of Northern and Central United States.3,4. Living in flocks of four to twelve birds, Chickadees can be seen in different habitats such as orchards, deciduous and coniferous woodlands, cotton wood groves, parks […]

The Black-capped Chickadee’s Natural History

The Black-capped Chickadee’s Natural History

Identification and Description                                   The Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) is a passerine bird belonging to the family Paridae. It is a charismatic species that approaches humans without fear, which makes it much easier to see than other birds. It is a very small bird with a total body length of around 12 to 15 cm and […]