October-November yard birds
Who’s excited about Downy Woodpeckers in their yard? This gal!
Pretty exciting news. I hope they stick around. And I hope they make little downy chicks in the spring for cuteness’ sake.
This week has been all about gobs of Pine Siskins eating gobs of sunflower seeds.
(and a House Finch amidst the drama)
I still find the Pine Siskin entertaining. They were, after all, one of the first new-to-me birds I identified at home when I put the feeders up in January. It’s neat to realize how far I’ve come since then. A couple of weeks ago, there was an exciting day when I counted 14 bird different species in the yard. Including a Western Tanager
Other highlights from that day:
I also saw this Swainson’s Thrush that looks to have a puncture on its side. Though I’ve not heard it from the house, I have a soft spot for these birds because of their beautiful song. I hope this one recovers okay.
The Western Scrub-Jays were also nearby.
And one of my all time favorite yard friends, the Anna’s Hummingbird in all of its amusing postures. Narwhal or hummingbird?
So much personality in a tiny feathered package.
One surprise in the neighborhood was this Red-tailed Hawk perched and looking around while crows mobbed it.
I’m curious if this apex predator is just passing through or looking for a more permanent residence. I’ll keep an eye out.
This morning, I walked outside to Pine Siskin, Dark-eyed Junco flocks, a Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrows, and a Varied Thrush! This was the first time I’ve seen a Varied Thrush in the yard. I startled it and it flew away before I could get a photo. Hopefully next time!
It’s a bird-iful day in the neighborhood!
Tweets and chirps,