Snowy Bird Day 2017

March 13, 2017

My backyard snow birds……

Male Cardinal

Female Cardinals

Dark Eyed Junko – usually a ground feeder but on snowy days will come to my feeders.

Song Sparrow

House Finch showing off her pink backside.

House or Purple Finch – I can never tell the  difference!

Hope you enjoyed and stay warm!!!

Thanks for reading!

BIRD WATCHING ON AN ICICLE-LY DAY

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Eurasian Sparrows

January  14,  2016

While the human  species was hunkered down  indoors over the weekend  dreading  the ice storm prediction, our little feathered friends had no  choice but to venture out in search of  nourishment.    Here is  a sampling  of the birds that visited my backyard feeders over the weekend.

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Gold Finch wearing her winter colors.

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Flicker Woodpecker – a daily visitor not matter what the weather.

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House Finch waits his turn for space at the feeder.

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The Flicker sits among the ice coated branches.

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Female Red Bellied Woodpecker –  a regular.

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The Male Red Bellied Woodpecker – also a regular.

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Lastly  a Cardinal and a Pine Sisken.

Hope you enjoyed the photos and that the  weather treated you kindly in spite of the prediction.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

SUMMER BACK YARD BIRDING 2016

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Mr. Hummingbird  has his winter scarf on this chilly morning.

September 10, 2013

With  fall quickly approaching,  I wanted to share some summer  moments of my fine feathered friends….

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Ms Hummingbird is all puffed in the chill.

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Black Capped Chickadee

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The Nuthatch loves those peanuts.

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Lucky  shot of  the Tifted Tit Mouse  with her snack.

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While picking tomatoes at my daughter’s house,  I spied this little Wren spying at me.

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Gold Finch

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Purple Finch

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Finch with a strange color?

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Sometimes, Downy Woodpeckers think they are Hummingbirds.

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Female Cardinal

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Sleepy Blue Jay

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Lastly, a Flicker Woodpecker.

 

“Those who wish to sing,  always find a song.”

Old Swedish Proverb

 

Thanks for reading !

 

 

SET THE BUFFET AND THE BIRDS WILL COME

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January 27, 2016

These cold winter days all it takes is some tempting seed hanging outside your window and  the  entertainment begins.  This bird house covered in various  seeds was a Christmas gift  from my daughter to both me and my backyard birds.  It gets picked clean pretty fast but can easily be reseeded by covering with peanut butter and then dipping into a bucket full of seed.

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It’s not easy to tell the difference between the Black Capped Chickadee and the Carolina Chickadee.  Interestingly,  I live right on the dividing line of where the 2 Chickadees reside – Black Capped  generally live to the north of the line and the  Carolina generally lives to the south of the line – thus, we get both!   My best  guess, without getting too technical, is this bird is a Carolina Chickadee.  These little rascals are also very quick so to get 3 decent photos in one day is amazing  luck!

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This Tufted Tit Mouse has a unique feature that she bows  her head to say grace before meals.

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The sunlight really  highlighted this female Cardinal’s beauty.   The dainty Carolina Wren  has rarely come to my feeder this winter,  so it’s a special treat when I see her.

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The  Purple Finch is  a colorful addition to my backyard and they are plentiful all year  round.   It can be  difficult to tell the Purple Finch from the House Finch as they are both pinkish  in color.  The easiest  way to differentiate is the Purple Finch’s beak is cone shaped and the House Finch’s beak curves downward a bit.

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The Pine Siskin is another bird I don’t see often so I was  doubly

delighted to see 2 !

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This  unique looking bird is  leucistic .   That’s when  there is a partial loss of pigmentation , causing white patchy feathers.  In my 10 years of birding, this is a first!

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Lastly, these Mourning Doves  found a comfy  place to relax on my patio chair.    Normally I  see them ground feeding or drinking from my bird bath, but I guess today they decided  “to sit and rest a spell”.

Hope you enjoyed this  peek into my backyard birding  and thanks for reading!

PLEASE FEED OUR FEATHERED FRIENDS WHEN IT SNOWS

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Posting Dated  January 25, 2014

The snow has melted now ( thank God) .  Just like a lot of the country, we got hit with some winter weather this month.  But, in spite of the snow, a bird feeder and some water will still bring bird watching opportunities, plus, our feathered friends will be very grateful.  Here’s a sampling of my visitors:

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Carolina Wren

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Tufted Tit Mouse ( one of my favorites)

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Dark Eyed Junko

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Cardinal

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This Eurasian Sparrow and his mate  has been living in this house since last summer.

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Black capped chickadee  and  a Song Sparrow ( I think).  The Song Sparrow is  a regular  at my feeders and my birdbath all year round.

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A Gold Finch with her winter colors.

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