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Thursday, December 26, 2013

FeederWatching - Week #6

Week #6 of my observations for Project FeederWatch was my most successful time of watching so far in this season. I tallied 22 species of birds.

Red-tailed Hawk - 1
White-winged Dove - 7
Rufous Hummingbird - 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Blue Jay - 2
American Crow - 1
Carolina Chickadee - 4
Tufted Titmouse - 3
Brown-headed Nuthatch - 1
Carolina Wren - 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Eastern Bluebird - 1
Northern Mockingbird - 1
Cedar Waxwing - 2
Orange-crowned Warbler - 1
Pine Warbler - 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 2
Chipping Sparrow - 1
Northern Cardinal - 3
American Goldfinch - 3
House Sparrow - 20

This was the first appearance on my FeederWatch reports for this season of Red-tailed Hawk, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and Orange-crowned Warbler, and only the second appearance for Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, and American Goldfinch. Slowly, the numbers and the diversity of species at the feeders are beginning to increase.

I still haven't seen an Eastern Phoebe, a Red-winged Blackbird or any other member of the blackbird family, or a Mourning Dove or Eurasian Collared-dove. They are all species I'll be looking for in coming weeks.

Meantime, here are a few birds that I saw during my most recent observations.

 Northern Mockingbird

 Blue Jay

 Carolina Wren

 Carolina Chickadee

 Red-bellied Woodpecker

 Northern Cardinal

 Pine Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

 Rufous Hummingbird

 Yellow-rumped Warbler

And, of course, what would a day of observations be without an appearance by my friend, the fox squirrel?



  1. I was so excited today - I finally saw a ruby crowned kinglet that was flashing his ruby crown. :)

    1. That is an exciting moment. Usually when you see one the ruby crown is never exposed. I've tried to catch that ruby spot with the camera over the years and I've never been successful. Oddly, I had better luck with the Golden-crowned Kinglet.

  2. Wonderful photos Dorothy. You have more variety of birds than we do, but we have you beat on sheer numbers. As in sheer number of house sparrows that fly in en masse when I put the bird seed out!

    1. Well, I actually fudged a bit on the number of House Sparrows. They do show up in hordes. Twenty is a VERY conservative estimate of their numbers.

  3. I noted sixteen mourning doves this morning as I was putting seed out. We haven't seen any for a while and I was wondering where they were.

    1. Wow! That's a good sized flock for a suburban or urban area. I've had just one hanging around my yard lately. I hope his tribe increases.