Monday, January 15, 2007

Boring New Addition to the Yard List - Nothing Interesting Here

During the night it started to rain, and the temperature did indeed take a dive. This may well explain the frenzied activity around our feeders this morning. Just looked out the window to see a ravenous mob of House Finches, American Goldfinches, Pine Warblers, Chipping Sparrows, and Northern Cardinals all fighting for a place at the table. If this keeps up I'm gonna need more bird seed.

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird has been making frequent visits to the feeder by our bedroom window. Other birds seen from the comfort of our bedroom this morning include Blue Jay, Brown Thrasher, Carolina Wren, Carolina Chickadee, Orange-crowned Warbler, and White-throated Sparrow. The White-throated Sparrows prefer to feed on the the waste that falls to the ground. Goldfinches are picky eaters, and flick away about as many seeds as they consume, so there's always plenty of waste. Chipping Sparrows and Northern Cardinals also dine on the fallen kernels, and this morning we had a special guest - a Song Sparrow. I know, it's a common bird, totally lacking in flare and charisma. No stage presence at all. But it's a first for the yard list, so I can get excited about it in a tepid sort of way.Here's a photo, so you can see the dull little thing for yourself. With the addition of Song Sparrow my yard list now stands at 121 species.

The next few days will be tough on our avian friends, so I'll be keeping the feeders well stocked. Ice Storm 2007 is coming!


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