Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A few January yard birds

While we have yet to set up all the feeders and landscape features that we would like to have in our backyard to attract birds, we still get a good amount of bird traffic just from our proximity to good habitat. Luckily my home office has a great window view of the backyard where I can keep an eye on what comes and goes.

Of course there were many of the usual suspects: House finches and house sparrows appear in large numbers.

House finches and house sparrow. My backyard, Ada County. January  7, 2013.
They're joined frequently by Red-winged Blackbirds, American Goldfinches, and Lesser Goldfinches.

Red-winged Blackbirds, American and Lesser Goldfinches, House Finches, House Sparrows.
My backyard, Ada County. January 7, 2013.
Occasionally the goldfinches will cooperate long enough for a fuzzy through-the-dirty-window photograph.

American Goldfinch (note the white undertail coverts). My backyard, Ada County. January 7, 2013.
Dark-eyed Juncos (Oregon race) show up most days as well.

Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon), with the wind exposing a patch on its breast.
My backyard, Ada County. January 11, 2013.
Of course most of the songbirds disappear when the neighborhood Sharp-shinned Hawk stops by.

Sharp-shinned Hawk, avoiding the paparazzi.  My backyard, Ada County. January 13, 2013.
Other highlights (not photographed because I was focusing more on work than the birds) include a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, California Quails, a courting pair of American Kestrels, a Merlin (that the Kestrels did not appreciate being around), a Downy Woodpecker, a Northern Flicker, Coopers Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Crows, Black-billed Magpies, many many many American Robins, European Starlings, and quite a few flyover flocks of Canada Geese.

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