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!


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!


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