Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Backyard birds

It's fun to become familiar with the common winter birds in our backyard in the mountains.  Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice,  American Goldfinches, House Finches, and Northern Cardinals are regular feeder visitors, along with an occasional White-breasted Nuthatch.  And there are lots of them.

There are plenty of ground-foragers, too: Mourning Doves (six showed up this morning),  Song Sparrows (they visit the feeders, too), and Eastern Towhees.

But the highlight today was the hawk (red-shouldered, maybe?) up in the big red oak in front, calling out.  S/he is a regular around the back ravine, spotting squirrels, rodents, etc.  And the woodpeckers (red-bellied woodpeckers and yellow-bellied sapsuckers) are regulars, too, in the big trees down in the ravine.

1 comment:

  1. All observations are a treat! Had a hawk fly toward me while walking the dogs, at mailbox level! Wish I had my camera on the walk. Think three dogs and a camera was a bit much to handle.

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