Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Lunch Time Birdwatching

There are many benefits to working just four miles from home. The best has to be catching half an hour of birdwatching during the lunch hour. Even better now that it is pitch black when I leave the office at 5:00. Ugh. And it only gets worse through, what, December 21st? Yep, a mid-day birdwatching fix is what the lady needs to get through the cold and dark winter.

Today's clear skies and slightly warmer temps did improve things. I finally took a few pictures --- nothing noteworthy, but here are a few of the birds chowing down this afternoon:

Dark-eyed Junco; Mourning Dove & Common Grackle; American Goldfinch; White-throated Sparrow; House Finches dining with a Northern Cardinal.

Unfortunately, the bird show was cut short when they bolted en masse. Even the squirrels froze in their tracks for a couple of minutes. There must have been a hawk in the area, or at least flying overhead, but I never saw it.

Only this Northern Flicker stuck around a while longer not seeming to be all too concerned with the imminent danger.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Pine Siskin, Smishkin

It's a hoax ........ All these birdwatchers all around me saying they are seeing the irruptive Pine Siskin. They don't exist, do they? I had a flock of House Finches hanging around the feeders today and thought for sure this would be my day, but not a chance.

Project Feederwatch counts for Cornell have been fairly good for the start of the season (three weeks of counts so far). Between visitors and holiday travel I haven't spent nearly as much time taking the counts as I have in past years. Only 12 different bird species the first week, but 15 each of the last two counts. Over the three week period, a cumulative 19 species have been observed.

Cooper's Hawk
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
Eurasian Tree Sparrow

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.