Thursday, December 25, 2008

Birds of Christmas 2008

Caption: Female Northern Cardinal, by Henry McLin, as posted at Flickr.
Today was a day spent visiting with friends and family. But between the social events, I managed to keep an eye out for the birds. Here’s a list of the 17 species seen or heard in or from the yard on this lovely Christmas Day:
  • Ring-billed Gull – 1 adult flying over the house enroute to the landfill
  • Mourning Dove – 4 at the feeders
  • Great Horned Owl – a distant bird heard calling at about 7:00 AM
  • Downy Woodpecker – 2 at feeders
  • Blue Jay – 2 birds heard
  • Black-capped Chickadee – 2 birds arguing over sunflower seeds
  • Tufted Titmouse – 1 at the bird bath and later the feeders
  • White-breasted Nuthatch – 1 bird at suet feeder
  • American Tree Sparrow – half a dozen birds at feeders
  • White-throated Sparrow – 1 immature below feeders
  • Dark-eyed Junco – dozens of birds at the feeders
  • Northern Cardinal – 2 females
  • Purple Finch – 1 female at feeders
  • House Finch – half a dozen birds at feeders
  • Pine Siskin – several dozen birds at feeders
  • American Goldfinch – several dozen birds at feeders
  • House Sparrow – 5 birds
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