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Monday, January 13, 2014

FeederWatching - Week #9

All the usual suspects - well, most of them anyway - turned up for my ninth weekend of Project FeederWatch. There were also a couple of new entries; one expected, the other one pretty much unexpected. Here's this week's list:

White-winged Dove - 5
Rufous Hummingbird - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Blue Jay - 2
American Crow - 1
Carolina Chickadee - 1
Tufted Titmouse - 5
Carolina Wren - 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Eastern Bluebird - 1
Northern Mockingbird - 1
Cedar Waxwing - 50
Orange-crowned Warbler - 1
Pine Warbler - 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1
Northern Cardinal - 5
Red-winged Blackbird - 2
American Goldfinch - 22
House Sparrow - 10

There were slightly fewer species than in the last couple of weeks but more birds in total because the Cedar Waxwing and American Goldfinch flocks increased by quite a bit.

The two new species on the list were the Red-winged Blackbird and the Pileated Woodpecker. I had been expecting the Red-winged Blackbird to show up but the Pileated Woodpecker was a very pleasant surprise. Pileateds are infrequent visitors to the yard and so it is always a special treat when one drops in.

I was happy to find the Orange-crowned Warbler at the feeders this week, and, likewise, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. I had only seen both of these birds feeding in the shrubbery previously.

As we near the mid-winter point, I would expect the numbers at the feeders to increase even more. Surely, most of the wild food has been depleted by now and birds will be searching elsewhere for a meal. I would especially hope to see more members of the sparrow family at my feeders. They've been mostly absent so far - except for House Sparrows, of course.

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