Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Hey, Where is the lake?

Goslings
Goslings

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Great KIskadee

Great KIskadee
Great KIskadee
Another bird from Tobago.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

This morning's scan of the yard turned up a rare visitor. Chris was doing household stuff with one eye out a window at all times checking for spring migrants. She dashed out when she thought she saw a Towhee in the garden. Couldn't find the Towhee but heard a lovely song in the trees. This Rose-breasted Grosbeak stayed and sang for around 10 minutes. At first he was hidden in the few leaves that are out, but he repositioned in a different tree for this clear shot. Not sure if the Towhee was a false alarm as it never turned up again. There are some similarities in appearance between the two birds, but the locations were so different that it likely could have been one of each. We'll make sure to keep some sunflower seed out, which is what the Grosbeaks like, but unfortunately the squirrels like it as well.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

...thanks for posting that pic!....one of these was at my feeder this afternoon and i didn't know what it was!

April 27, 2011 at 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had one on my feeder today. How do you post pic?

April 27, 2011 at 9:30 PM  

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Little Nut

Red-breasted nuthatch

Red-breasted nuthatch
Red-breasted nuthatch

Red-breasted nuthatch and goldfinch
Red-breasted nuthatch and goldfinch

White-breasted nuthatch
White-breasted nuthatch


The red-breasted nuthatch, now affectionately known as "Little Nut," spent his second day at our house. Late in the afternoon, it was joined by a second one, so we are hoping they take up residence. The white-breasted nuthatches are still around. Little nut seems to interact a bit with the larger white-breasted ones and generally gets along with all the backyard birds. Both varieties prefer being upside down.

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Robin having a bath

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Cardinals: Happy Loving Couple

Cardinals

The cardinal couple is spending quite a bit of time together.

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Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs

While the dam is being repaired, we are left with just a stream. We were surprised yesterday to see a lesser yellowlegs wading.

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