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As I Type: a Plethora of Birds Only 5 Feet Away!

Posted April 26th, 2008 at 06:54 PM by funrun
Updated May 6th, 2008 at 01:49 AM by funrun
I am witnessing at least 8 different types of birds eating seed just a few feet from where I type this! I am taking dozens of photographs, but I barely have time to upload them or type anything before more birds show up and there is more action to take pics of! I've got bird fights, male-female pairs, and multiple species eating together at once.
Just as I was in mid-sentence up there the elusive European Starling showed up and raided the party of Morning Doves, House Sparrows, and House Finches that had been around!
Well he only lasted 20 seconds and now the party is back. I have some very close up photos of all the species I've seen so far. Got the camera right next to the keyboard, which is right next to the window, which is right next to the birds. I have pics of most of these already, but the lighting at the moment is very golden and making it hard to stop taking pics.

The Cast:
  • The abundant and showy red-breasted male House Finch, everyone's friend.
  • The loner rare and shunned male yellow-breasted House Finch.
  • The abundant plain jane female House Finch, always welcome to any party.
  • Uncertain species of bird that looks like a female House Finch, but with old man bushy white eyebrows. Pat is not exactly invited to the party, but not shunned when heshe shows up.
  • The dive-bombing, spontaneous fighter, who's only welcome to the party when on his best behavior, the breeding-colored male House Sparrow.
  • The calm, stay-at-home female House Sparrow.
  • The surprise guest no one likes, the lone iridescent black European Starling.
  • The elusive loner, the male red Cardinal.
  • The extra elusive loner, female red Cardinal.
  • The calm fatties who arrived fashionably late, a pair of Morning Doves.
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Hex_Enduction_Hour's Avatar
Funrun, you've got quite the dining hotspot at your place! You got a lot of bang for you buck on that feeder. I'm going to pick one up today at Orchard Supply as well as the sticky hummingbird feeder.
Do you have room for a birdbath? That's a fun bird attraction too.
The Cardinal is a bird I don't have a chance to see around here! I'd love to see one of them. Be sure to get a picture of him and her.
The Mourning Doves are almost too calm, huh? I've seen them move at the last minute before a car rolls over them or build nests on front porch rafters.

My next blog will be on the European Starling.
Not one of my favorites, but the species has some fascinating facts. Just yesterday while waiting for my father-in-law, I was feeding Starlings nuts from my trail mix!

Keep the bird encounters coming, please.
Posted April 27th, 2008 at 12:08 PM by Hex_Enduction_Hour Hex_Enduction_Hour is offline
Hatchetbill's Avatar
I'm envious. I've only seen one Cardinal in my whole life but it was a singing male so it was a good encounter. I've had a lot of species show up at my feeder in early May at the end of migration. Gold finch, junco, Red-brested nuthatch, White-brested nuthatch, Song Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, robin, Mourning Dove, Black-capped Chickadee and five different species of woodpecker. I also got out to the Gulf of Maine this week at my field site and saw an unreal number of migrating species but alas, no Cardinal.

Keep up the nice sightings.
Posted May 27th, 2008 at 01:12 PM by Hatchetbill Hatchetbill is offline

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