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,
[…] was way more excited than I should be to see this bird. Contrary to prior winters when there were gobs of them on our feeders at home, this little one in the woods is the first I’ve seen this year. They didn’t visit the […]