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Friday’s Look at the Songbirds

A variety of different songbirds come to my yards daily.  I have several of these that are also regulars at the bird feeder.  I often see Red-bellied Woodpeckers, House Finches, Eastern Bluebirds, Robins, White-breasted Nuthatches and Brown-Headed Cowbirds.  I took these pictures in my yard and from my living room window at various times between April 18-25, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Songbirds at the Feeder

A Pair of House Finches

My bird feeder has a commercial mix of Millet, Cracked Corn, and Black Oil Sunflower Seeds in it.  It has been up for about a month and is a huge hit with the local songbirds.  Here are a few photographs I have recently taken of birds at this feeder.  Please excuse the quality of several pictures.  I had to take the photographs through my living room window through glass, screen, and the porch railings.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Male Brown-headed Cow Bird

A Male Northern Cardinal and Male House Finch

A Male Red-winged Blackbird

A Male House Finch and Tufted Titmouse

A White-breasted Nuthatch

House Finches at the Feeder

A lovely pair of House Finches came to dine at the bird feeder on Sunday February 26, 2012.  The male is the one with that striking coral-red tone to his head.  Both genders are a medium brown in color with a bit of lighter streaking on the body.  They have a small wedge-shaped beak.  The House Finches like to eat Millet, Sunflower Seeds, and Thistle Seeds best.  They also will enjoy bits of nuts.  The House Finches often stay close to structures including porches, sheds, garages and homes.  This pair probably lives in my next door neighbor’s yard and comes here to the little farm to hunt for food (I am seeing the finches daily at the feeder here).  The House Finches are small pleasant birds.  I am very happy to have them in the yard!  These pictures were all taken from inside my living room through the windows and the front porch railing.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.

Songbirds in the Yard

On Saturday I saw a few songbirds in the yard here.  It was a rainy day and between rain squalls, the birds would come out to find their meals.  I was surprised to see a trio of small birds on the electric line near the house.  Because I had seen an Eastern Bluebird on one of the lines, I immediately thought that these little birds were all other bluebirds.  When I looked at the viewfinder in the camera, I noticed that the birds on the line were probably finches or siskins.  Because the light was so bad, it is hard to tell actually what these birds really are.  I also saw a couple of European Starlings.  One starling perched right on the tip-top of the electric pole and the other was perched in the crown of an Oak tree.  Interesting.  I have noticed that mostly, the starlings tend to want to perch in the tree-tops.  I am always happy to see birds here.  I will be putting up my bird feeders soon.  That will encourage birds to come to the yards even more often.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

A Visiting Pair of House Finches

At least I think that this is a pair of House Finches.  I was taking pictures of Eastern Bluebirds that were on the electric lines and in the nearby Oaks when I spotted these two small birds next to the bluebird.  After looking at the birds in my photo editing software, I think that the birds are House Finches.  The male is the one that has a lot of red mixed in with its brown feathers.  The House Finches like perching on electric lines and around wooden porches.  My porch here is wood and has a lot of spots where small birds do perch on occasion.  I like the House Finches a lot.  The male House Finch is sometimes mistaken for a Northern Cardinal but the House Finch male does not have that top knot head crest or black mask on its face.  The birds were enjoying better weather here yesterday.  We had snow on Wednesday but the snow had melted and though the weather was cold in the mid-thirties (F.), the birds had a great time hunting.  I took these pictures at around 2:00 yesterday afternoon.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

An American Goldfinch Looks for Seeds to Eat

On Friday I saw a single male American Goldfinch on the forest floor in my backyard.  The handsome yellow black and white bird was hunting for tasty seeds among the vetch, clover and other low wild plants in the yard.  The  American Goldfinch is a tiny bird.  I cropped nearly all of these pictures so you could see the detail of the bird better.  I did not crop one shot so you could see how very small the bird is.  The male American Goldfinch is now still in its breeding colors.  After the bird molts or loses its current feathers, it will change colors and will be a fairly muted yellow at that time.  The male also has a black spot on its forehead which the females don’t have.  The females stay a dull yellow all year-long, but like all birds, will molt after the breeding season.  I was very glad to see the Goldfinch here and hope to continue seeing these lovely birds all year.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Oh,Those Finches!

Yesterday I had a lot of Goldfinches and House Finches here eating at the feeders.  There were just mobs of House Finches!  Both bird flocks got along famously.  The Goldfinch males are bright neon yellow with a black cap spot and black and white bars on the wings.  The female Goldfinch is a much more subdued yellow without that little black cap.  The House Finch male is a brilliant coral-red over its brown body.  The female is a dull brown with darker brown streaks on the back and wings.  The female House Finch looks a bit like some of the various Sparrows.  The finches love Niger or Nyger seed, Millet, Safflower seed, and Black Oil Sunflower seeds.  They all seem to get along well with birds of all kinds.  I love seeing the cheery little finches at my feeders.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.   Enjoy!

Pine Siskin Birds

A small brown and yellow finch called the Pine Siskin has been coming to my feeders several times in the past couple of days.  I was intrigued when I first saw these birds as they somewhat resemble both the Goldfinch and the House Finch females.  I think the Pine Siskin is a pretty bird.  It is medium-brown with a buff colored chest that is streaked with medium-brown.  The Pine Siskin has a small patch of yellow on its wings near the dark-brown and white barred area.  The Pine Siskins eat seeds such as Niger and Millet, and also enjoy various small insects and spiders.  The Pine Siskin birds are here in my area during the Winter and some stay all year around because of our elevation at nearly 2,000 ft.  In some of these pictures you’ll also see a Goldfinch.  The Pine Siskins seem to enjoy the company of the other finches.  I was quite happy to see this little member of the finch family.  I took these pictures from my window and deck on April 29, 2011.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!

A Gold Rush in the Yard (Goldfinches, that is)

Goldfinches are really beautiful little yellow-white and black birds.  These birds are year-around residents here but usually hang out in the area near the dam because the wild weed seeds that they love, grow there in the spring and summer months.  The male Goldfinch usually is a bright lemon yellow in color with black and white wing bars.  The female Goldfinch generally has a duller version of the male’s coloring with a bit more of an olive yellow color.  In the winter, the male’s color is much more pastel yellow and the female does not change color much.  The Goldfinches eat bird seed such as Millet, Niger, Oil Sunflower Seed, and small pieces of nuts and dried fruits.  The Goldfinch is a seed eater and does not eat insects.   Like most finches, the Goldfinch has a short, wedge-shaped beak.  The Goldfinches here in my yards, tend to perch in a spot for several minutes – even if that spot is a bird feeder’s perch!  I welcome the little Goldfinches when the flock comes by.  We usually will see between four and six Goldfinches when they show up here.  I took these pictures in my yards from my windows on Feb. 3, 2011; Feb. 4, 2011; Feb. 5, 2011, and Feb. 6, 2011 (the top row of photographs was taken just this morning).  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

Goldfinches with male House Finch (red and brown bird)


An Interesting Couple of Days for Birds, Ducks, Geese and More

I just took a lot of photographs during the past three days.  I am going to show some of the birds, ducks, geese and squirrels I saw from my windows, and balcony.  I have been glad to once again see the Wood Ducks come by the shoreline here after an absence of a couple of months now.  The days have been colder with what is called a “wintery mix” of sleet, and slushy wet snowflakes.  The snow will fall, melt and fall and stick.  It is pretty unpredictable at times.  I have been putting extra food out with suet in the backyard feeder.  I also have topped-off the front yard bird feeder.  As I usually do, I have been sprinkling the squirrel chow mix plus a bit of regular bird seed mix out on the ground in both my front and back yards.  This seed on the ground helps the ground-feeding birds (and other critters as we have seen) have enough supplemental food.  A few Eastern Bluebirds have been around and have come to the feeder for suet.  I loved seeing the colorful little finches here.  The Goldfinches seem to love both the front yard and the backyard now.  I also have had lots of woodpeckers here as well as occasional flocks of Eastern Blue Jays.  It has been a super nice few days in spite of our cold snap.  I took all of these pictures on 1/6/11 and 1/7/11.  Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.

Male Downy Woodpecker

Drake (male) Wood Duck

Pair of House Finches

Male Goldfinch

Eastern Bluebird

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