Friday, December 05, 2014
Sunday, November 30, 2014
We have two Nuthatch species that visit daily to mostly feed on our peanut feeders. These little birds are delightful to watch as the often feed upside down. The do not migrate and are here year round. The Red-breasted Nuthatch most always arrives first and visits frequently throughout the day. The White-breasted Nuthatch sometimes does not show up until late afternoon, but sometimes it changes its schedule and is seen at the peanut feeder in the morning hours.Their descriptive colourful names serve to identify one from the other. The red-breasted Nuthatch with a rufus coloured breast and with a white stripe on its black head easily sets it apart from the white-breasted one. Looking at the photos included easily helps you identify which is which.
Welcome to December, the first winter month. Brrr..
Posted by me ann my camera at 4:52 AM
Saturday, November 29, 2014
The quality of these photos is not the best as I have just taken them from my window and it is not fully light yet. These little winter sparrows, Tree Sparrows are busy and actively feeding at our feeders early, as are the Chickadees and the one Song Sparrow which seems to have chosen to overwinter with us.
One characteristic that I rely upon to identify the little Tree Sparrows is the bicoloured bill, The lower portion of which, as the photo below illustrates is yellow.
sparrows especially when both Tree Sparrows and Song Sparrows are at your feeders as the Song Sparrow also has a dark center breast spot.
Posted by me ann my camera at 7:58 AM
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Huh? A white-throated Sparrow with a dark center spot? I
have seen this sparrow before and have wondered why it has a dark center
breast spot?? Unusual? I think so!
Posted by me ann my camera at 9:04 AM
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Each day our feeders are being visited by many, many, American Goldfinch and I love seeing these little birds. I am especially attracted by the warm sunlight tones still remaining on some of them. The big attraction is the Niger seed feeder and at times it is difficult to count how many are on the feeder at one time as they are constantly shifting position and arriving and departing. The yellow leaves accent their yellow tones and it is in its total appearance a delightful scene from my window.
Have a great day everyone!
Posted by me ann my camera at 6:55 AM