Thursday, January 10, 2008

Bird Feeder Report

Since November, we have been keeping track of the birds that come to the feeders outside the nature center window. In November and December combined, we had the following species:
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
European Starling
Northern Cardinal
American Tree Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
Common Redpoll
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

A Red-bellied Woodpecker snacks on some suet.

Other interesting sightings include an Eastern Bluebird which perched on the feeder post in early November, and a juvenile Cooper's Hawk, which looms overhead in the trees waiting to grab one of the feeder birds. It is not unusual to see the Cooper's Hawk in pursuit of a mourning dove fly by the window.

We have our share of pesky squirrels as well.

Interested in keeping track of your feeder birds? Go to the Rochester Birding Association's webpage to download your own "feeder checklist" form! Also, a big thank you to The Bird House Garden and Nature store for donating the feeders.

A White-tailed Deer cleans up the leftovers.

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