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This is an extensive online field guide about the common birds that we can see throughout the Greater Toronto area. My area of interest will help to identify, and give the reader more knowledge about these ten birds that I have selected. What makes birds so special? Why have I decided to do this website on birds alone? Well, birds do have a great importance within their ecosystems; they have a certain niche where they can add their own contributions.
· ♦ Herbivores: Seed, berries and fruit eaters help allocate tree seeds and weed and wildflower seeds. Waterfowl (Ducks, Geese, and Swans) dispense seeds of water plants.
· ♦ Pollinators: Nectar sippers, like the Ruby Throated hummingbirds for example, help pollinate the flowers they visit for nectar.
· ♦ Small Carnivores: Insect and invertebrate eaters, like Woodpeckers, help keep down large populations of creepy-crawly (Insects) pests.
· ♦ Large Carnivores: Like the Red Tailed Hawk help keep down the inhabitants of mice, voles, rabbits, squirrels, and fish. Waterfowls help keep down populations of amphibians (Frogs, Toads, and Tadpoles)
· ♦ Detritivores and Scavengers: such as Turkey Vultures, Crows, and Bald Eagles, keep our forests, parks, streets and rivers clean by consuming all the dead animals they discover. They are the decomposers of the bird world.
· ♦ Prey: Almost all birds can be eaten by other birds or animals. Birds are an important part of the food chains of many animals, and Yes…even Humans!! (Unless you are a vegan, I’m pretty sure you have eaten chicken before, even duck or goose?)
Birds definitely have a very significant role in the lives of humans, and amongst the basic scientific contributions there are also others. Birds tend to sing glamorously, and their songs are very soothing for the mind and soul. Birds are unquestionably a marvel of beauty to look at; they help inspire us to write songs and even poetry. Take for example the Beatles when they released a song entitled “blackbird”. Or When Oasis released "Songbird", (As you should be hearing right now). Inspiration wasn’t hard to find looking up into the blue skies above; the graceful elegance of a flying bird was all I needed!
This web-page will give you the opportunity to encounter 10 common birds that you can find in your Toronto Area! To start exploring my site, simply follow the above main bar to the corresponding numbers. Each number represents a common bird. For example, clicking on number 2 in the above menu will bring you to one of Toronto’s Favorites – The Blue Jay. Continue down the row of numbers and see if you can find one of your favorites!
The ten common birds that I have chosen in their respective categories are:
| 1. Cedar Waxwing||Waxwings |
| 2. Blue Jay||Crows and Jays|
| 3. American Robin||Thrushes|
| 4. Northern Cardinal|| Cardinals and Allies|
| 5. Black-capped Chickadee|| Chickadees and Titmice|
| 6. White-breasted Nuthatch||Nuthatches|
|7. Red-headed Woodpecker||Woodpeckers|
|8. Chipping Sparrow||Emberizids|
| 9. Northern Mockingbird|| Mockingbirds and Thrashers|
| 10. Common Grackle||Blackbird|
When browsing through my web page don’t forget to check out ALL the tabs on the upper main bar: About me, Contact, Conservation, Forums, Guestbook and References. You should also take notice that you can easily follow me on twitter by simply clicking the blue bird icon to your left.
When you first arrive to this page, take a moment and enter your information under The Weather Channel Window. (Enter your city, ex: Toronto, Canada, you can also choose your display temperature..Fahrenheit or Celsius)
In order to use the Forums and Guestbook please take the time to Register and then you will be able to Sign in.
♦Click on the Register link in the welcome box
♦This will take you to the Sign Up Page. Fill out the required information (Enter a valid e-mail address)
♦ALL of your information is secured and inaccessible!!♦
♦You will receive a confirmation e-mail that will allow you to activate your membership (Click on “Yes, I’d like to join this site”)
♦Click OK – only if a warning screen appears
♦Then you will be redirected to my web-page and you should take a moment to fill out your information if you choose to do so. (You can also upload an image)
♦After following the simple on-screen instructions you will be all set!
I would like to THANK YOU for taking the time to sign up to my website. And I hope you enjoy it!
Oasis - Songbird, 2003
*In order to listen to this song you will have to install QuickTime7* (Unless it was already installed and this plays correctly) Below is the link where you can download quicktime7, after you have done this you must close your browser and restart it! Firefox or Internet Explorer!
Just put in your email address and click free download (save file, install, restart)
*Sometimes all it needs is a simple refresh of the page*
If you are using Internet Explorer you will probably see a warning at the top of the screen asking you if you would like to run or install a website add on!
Simply click on that warning and hit run add on. (Restart Browser, Refresh)
If it says "Waiting for video" You are probably using Firefox.
For Firefox you will have to follow the quicktime link and download the application. (Refresh)
Please take the small time to make sure these addons are enabled and working on either browser for an optimal experience!
Ransom, Jay Ellias. Complete Filed Guide To North American Wildlife. Eastern Edition. New York: Harper and Row, 1981. 112-194. Print.
Berger, A.j. Bird Study. New York: Dover Publications, 1955. 22-26. Reprint.
Liam Gallagher. Oasis - Songbird. Britain: Big Brother, 2003
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