Sunday, April 19, 2009

Common Backyard Birds in New Jersey in the Spring

Pine Siskin 

The Pine Siskin is supposed to be here only for the winter. Their range is extending and they may stay. I hope they let the goldfinches have a turn at the thistle feeder.

Northern Cardinal 
One female and two male cardinals have been frequenting this feeder. There appears to be quite a competition for her attention by the males.

Northern Cardinal
Male Northern Cardinal


Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse


Tufted Titmouse and Northern Cardinal
Tufted Titmouse and Northern Cardinal


House Finch, Tufted Titmouse
House Finch and Tufted Titmouse


Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the photos ! I have always fed the birds but am just recently wanting to identify the different types that are visiting - did not know that the red headed fellow (or gal) was a house finch :)

April 20, 2009 at 8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is a wonderful blog..i love all the pictures, they are so beautiful. thank you for all the information & for identifying all the different types of birds in our area.

April 24, 2009 at 8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone see Orioles in northern NJ?

May 5, 2011 at 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks sooooooo much! you saved my life for my biology homework!!!!!!

April 15, 2012 at 9:57 PM  

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Ruby Crowned Kinglets Return

Ruby Crowned 

Ruby Crowned 

We stayed outside for most of the day on Saturday since good weather is such a rarity around these parts. All was quiet and Chris noticed a very small bird in the trees. At first she thought it was a hummingbird since it was moving about quickly. We eventually determined it was a few ruby-crowned kinglets. We watched them dart off the branches to get insects, and when you watch long enough and get lucky, you can even see the ruby crown on the male. The bottom picture shows a bit of the ruby crown, but occasionally there is a large brilliant flash of ruby. If the sun keeps shining and they return today , we'll try for a better picture of this little cutie showing off his crown.

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