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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.

The Yellow-Rumped Warblers Visit

A Couple of Yellow-Rumped Warblers came by the little farm on Saturday, February 18, 2012.  I snapped a picture of one of these little beauties on the roof of my shed, and one in a nearby Oak Tree.  I know that the pictures are not that great but I do think that these are Yellow-Rumped Warblers that are not yet in their breeding plumage.  Many migrating birds are in passage now.  Our weather is a real mix of warm and cold lately here in middle Tennessee.  I imagine that our strange weather is tricking birds into moving earlier than normal by a week or two.  Who can say?

The Yellow-Rumped Warblers eat both insects and fruit and seeds.  They are very small sparrow-sized birds that tend to fly in the company of finches, titmice and chickadees.  All are similar in size to the Yellow-Rumped Warbler.  I am very happy to see a greater variety of birds stopping by the yard here.  I also saw House Finches, Tufted Titmice, an American Robin, Eastern Bluebirds, a Morning Dove, White-Breated Nuthatches, a Red-Bellied Woodpecker, and Starlings.  I took the pictures on Feb. 18, 2012. If by chance, I have mis-identified the birds, please let me know.  I am always happy to have the help of seasoned “Birders”!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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!

White-breasted Nuthatches

Yesterday I saw three different White-breasted Nuthatches.  I noticed in my camera’s viewfinder that one of the nuthatches had come out of a tiny hole in an Oak.  I knew that woodpeckers lived in cavities in tree trunks but I had not considered that the nuthatches also may recycle an existing woodpecker hole for their own.  How interesting!  I don’t know if the nuthatches live in that hole or this one  is visiting, or they  use the hole for a food cache.

The other two White-breasted Nuthatches were also up in Oaks.  These were chatting away with the typical “Chip-chip” sound that these birds make.  The White-breasted Nuthatch eats small insects, spiders, and small seeds, nuts and fruits.  They seem to be social with other small birds, especially the smaller woodpeckers.  I did see two Red-bellied Woodpeckers along in the same area as these two Nuthatches.  I saw all three nuthatches in different trees.  I am pleased to see the birds here in the yard as it has warmed up a bit.  It had been very cold here early in the week.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

The Little White-breasted Nuthatches

White-breasted Nuthatches are here in my Oaks once in a while.  They are such cuties!  Acrobatic, nimble, chatty and totally sweet, they are especially nice to have around.  These little grey, white and black birds are able to creep and crawl on the bark of large trees and can climb even upside down!  The White-breasted Nuthatches are insect eaters but do enjoy seeds and nuts as well.  The Nuthatches make a sound that is a little softer than that of the Red-bellied Woodpecker, a high-pitched “Chiff-chiff-chiff” (at least that is my recollection of the sound).  I took the top picture in November and the three bottom photographs last week.  This week it seems like the only birds here are the Starlings and the Bluebirds (Crows this AM too).  We will see.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Flock of Cedar Waxwings Perched at Dusk

This medium-sized flock of Cedar Waxwings was perched way up in the tops of several large Oak Trees at the far end of my property at twilight a few days ago.  This flock comes and goes but most often is here only for the night.  I think that the big trees are a favorite perch for these birds.  Cedar Waxwings are small birds with beautiful buff, white, grey and black markings.  They also have distinctive yellow tips on their tail feathers.  The Cedar Waxwings have a black mask and a short crest top-knot on their heads.  The males are a little brighter in color than the females.  These birds are mostly fruit eaters.  They love berries of all kinds.  Right now, there are many berries still on the shrubbery near the trees where this flock is perched.  Because it was almost dark when I snapped these pictures, I have used photo editing software to lighten the pictures so the birds can be seen easier.  I took these pictures on November 20, 2011 in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

My Favorite Acrobatic Bird

Yes, it’s the White Breasted Nuthatch that is my favorite acrobatic bird.  The White-breasted Nuthatch is a marvelous little bird that is unafraid of walking up, down, and all around a tree trunk or tree limb.  These little birds eat seeds, and insects but will also enjoy a bite of a nut or piece of fruit.  Generally though, they are insect eaters.  The White-breasted Nuthatch has a call like a thin reedy “chip” that is similar to that of a Robin or a Downy Woodpecker.  The diminutive grey and white and black bird is often seen with other small birds such as the Carolina Chickadee or the Tufted Titmouse.  I am very happy to have seen these birds here on my Oaks.  I took these pictures a week ago in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

A Tufted Titmouse Hunts for Insects

The other day I spotted this Tufted Titmouse on the forest floor that is my backyard.  It also was flitting around a small pine tree.  I watched this particular bird for several minutes while it hunted for bugs among the fallen leaves.  It would hop over and search for the bug and then fly to a nearby branch.  This bird is a good hunter because I saw it get several bugs.  It has keen eyesight and is persistent.  The Tufted Titmouse eats insects and also seeds.  The Tufted Titmouse is a small perky bird that is grey in color with a slightly peach-colored belly.  It has a cute top-knot crest, large black eyes, and a wedge-shaped pointed beak or bill.  I always enjoy hearing the whistle song and call of the Tufted Titmouse as it reminds me of a person whistling for a dog to come.  I love seeing the songbirds here in my yards!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Cute Carolina Wren on the Deck

I was surprised to see this little Wren on my back deck the other day!  I have had few birds around here lately due to weather, construction, and the fact that I don’t have a bird feeder out at the moment.  I took my feeder down for seasonal cleaning and it just has not yet gotten put back up.  The Carolina Wren was closely examining the opened Acorns and Hickory nut shells on the deck to see if there were any insects.  After all, why do all the work of opening tough shells when there are hard-working Grey Squirrels or Eastern Chipmunks to do all that heavy work for you?  Ha!  Smart bird!  These birds also eat small spiders.   I took these pictures from my window on Oct. 6, 2011.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!  P. S.  I inadvertently forgot to press the “Publish” button this AM so that is why this is so late getting on your screen.

The White-Breasted Nuthatch

I have seen several White-breasted Nuthatches here in the yards in recent days.  They are quite interesting to see walking down the tree trunks head first and then back up they go.  They also flit back and forth from the feeders to their special storage spot on the tree trunk in the crevices of the bark.  They are quite chatty and sound a little like a woodpecker.  They are light and dark grey and are very small.  They have a long slender bill.  They eat insects and also enjoy seeds a lot.  I always like seeing the rather gymnastic moves that these tiny birds have along the branches and trunks of the big trees.  I took these pictures on August 18, 2011 from my deck.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy

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