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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 11/28/2011, 9:52 am

I figure I'll keep this all in one place. Josh has his, you can start yours, this one is mine. Comment away, as there will also be photos in here, but post your own photos and countings/sightings in your own thread so we can comment on yours. If this gains traction, we may be able to find a place for bird chatter in the future...who knows.

This week's count is in it's second day. However, I am posting what I have so far since today will be a terrible day to take photos, lighting wise.

11/27-28...low temp 34....high temp 42...drizzly weather both days and overcast.

American Goldfinch - 4
House Finch - 7
Carolina Chickadee - 2
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - 12
House Sparrow - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Mourning Dove - 12
Northern Cardinal - 7
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 1
White-breasted Nuthatch - 2
Dark-eyed Junco - 1
Northern Mockingbird - 1
Carolina Wren - 1
Blue Jay - 1
Tufted Titmouse - 3

Special notes: The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is back! I saw this bird for the first time last year, and part of me thought it was a fictional bird before that just because of it's funny sounding name. I really think I was 20 years old before I knew it was a real bird. The Mockingbird was a pleasant sight on the suet feeder. They eat fruit during the season and the suet will attract them from time to time. I have never seen one in my yard specifically because of something I was feeding until now. I am still waiting for my Juncos to come in for the winter. Their population is very sporadic still. Come January and February, they will be some of my most consistent numbers. It didn't happen during the count period, yet, but I've seen my Goldfinch numbers jump as word gets out that I serve the best seed in the neighborhood. I saw as many as 11 at one time. I have never counted more than 5 or 6 in an official count period, though. And, my Cardinal numbers are growing. I didn't notice this until February last year. This could be a sign of normal food sources running light this year? Along those lines, I think I saw my first ever Pine Siskin on my nyjer sock. I tried to grab a picture but was too late.

Now, for the week's best shots...

Carolina Chickadee


Female House Finch


House Finch Flock


Purple Finch?


I actually think this one could be hybridized. Purple finches are only winter visitors in my area. However, the male House Finch varies a lot in his red coloring. From what I've tried, tried, and tried to read, though, the House Finches have no red wrapping around the back of the head....this one does. The red also goes a lot farther down the breast than is supposed to. And, House Finches have a brown bar splitting the red right beneath the eye. On the flip side, Purple Finches are more of a raspberry pinky purple than red. And, they have a bit of a lighter stripe above the eye....very faint here. This is one of the trickiest birds for me to identify. So, we'll just call him somewhere in the middle....lol.

Finally, what I would call a Hall of Fame Cardinal shot..


By far my best Cardinal shot. I will call him Gimpy because of his curled under right foot. I didn't notice this until after I posted the thread! But, I did see him really struggling a week or so ago to cling to the feeders. I suppose the pain has subsided because he never looked different the day I took his picture. I wondered what would happen to him...I guess he'll be fine.

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Post  janezee on 11/28/2011, 2:27 pm

What a beautiful shot!
Wow, I really miss cardinals, tufted titmice, and even blue jays since i moved to the left coast. But especially the mockingbirds in the spring. I once listened to one sing from midnight to dawn in Rhode Island. One of the best nights ever!
Keep those pics coming, please!
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