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birds

birds

April 30

This morning I looked out the window and spotted two new arrivals.  The Harris sparrow and the white crowned sparrow made its return. They have been feeding around my trees and the bird feeders.  Both species are ground feeders.

Birds and windows

Yesterday I needed to wash the windows because of what the birds had done. I carefully washed all the windows of the house and felt quite proud of myself. When I came in, I was told that I had missed one window. I was adamant that I hadn't missed any. However, when I looked, I noticed that the birds had been busy. By the time I got back out a few minutes later, I had to reclean three windows. Today all south-facing windows have bird droppings on them. I'll wait until the wind dies down before I clean again.

In the meantime, we do have the grackles, red winged and other blackbirds on the lawn. Yesterday morning we saw a female purple finch. The white throated sparrows are still around and are waiting for the white crowned and Harris sparrows.

April 25, 2012

This morning we looked out the window and saw several chipping sparrows and several white throated sparrows.  We had seen one of each earlier, but today there were several of them.  The chipping sparrow will go to the feeder, but both species are ground feeders.

Also on the one feeder we saw a male goldfinch in his brilliant yellow summer plumage.

Since our last entry we have had yellow-shafted flickers on the lawn, some doing the flicker dance. We have seen mallards and wood ducks on the pond.  One morning we had the hermit thrush, and while driving we spotted two night-hawks.

Here are pictures of the albina Junco and the Eurasian Collared dove mentioned last week.

Eurasian Collared dove Eurasian Collared Dove Albina Junco

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