Winter birds to watch at Hillside Beach
The community of Hillside Beach is home throughout the year to many migratory birds. We are a pelican’s paradise. They nest on our shores and feed in our bays. We can see and hear them fly over our Hillside homes from May, bringing hope that summer is here soon until October, realizing winter is on its’ way. Learn more at Lake Friendly Manitoba Pelicans in Manitoba
While the pelicans, gulls and sandpipers have flown south we have a symphony of birds that arrive for the winter. Rick McGregor, a Lac du Bonnet Cottage owner, and amateur bird photographer has an article in the Lac du Bonnet Clipper (Nov. 3 issue, page 12) listing some of the local wintering birds in our area.
We invite our members to take photos and identify the many birds in our area during the different seasons. We will share them on Facebook and our website for others to enjoy.
Please visit Manitoba Bird Brochure for more information on birds you may see.
Since April, 2022 there has been concern regarding the spread of Avian Flu and the contributions of bird feeders. From the Canadian Government Avian Flu in Migratory Bird:
To minimize the risk of transmission of HPAI, do not handle or feed any wild bird by hand. Feeding encourages wild birds to congregate around food sources and can increase the probability of transmission among wild birds, both within and among species.
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