Top Prairie Pond Habitat.The area is very accessible and much of the natural landscaping can be used as a blind. There is a man made bird blind in the memorial garden that gives an excellent view of the pond.
If you are interested in attracting birds to your yard, he suggests you plant trees, berry bearing bushes, and flowers. Another important part is to provide a multiple feeder, that is big enough for about a dozen birds to eat from, at the same time. Many birdwatchers make small feeders from tin foil, which when placed on the ground, attract flying birds. Terry feeds the birds in his garden all year, but less in the summer because they can find plenty of food naturally.
Residents of Stephenville Crossing can expect to find a variety of birds in different feeding areas. A list of the local birds, can be found and printed out from the links provided at the bottom of this page. Some birds are seed eaters, like the
Each year there are bird watchers all over Newfoundland and Labrador like Terry, who take part in the Provincial bird count. This is important, because it helps to keep track of the migratory bird numbers and species, as well as the resident birds in each area.
If you want to participate, you should fill your bird feeders and keep them full to attract as many birds as possible. Areas that birds are frequently seen at during the count are, the Gut Bridge, Black Bank, old road to Stephenville, White's Road, and of course in the center of town at the Prairie Pond Habitat. Here are some rules to follow if you participate in the count:
Note the place
Time of day
Take a photograph if possible
If the siting is of a rare bird, contact a local birder to help you authicate the sighting.
Last but not least, enjoy yourself
Terry related two short stories to me during this interview and they can be read at the link below.
Terry has some advice and hints for anyone who would like to start birdwatching as a hobby.