Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bird visits

I've always enjoyed feeding and watching birds. Thanksgiving day was a banner day at the feeders. I saw ten different birds in about 15 minutes of watching.

I know this is a sparrow, but I do not know the specific one!

My regulars: tufted titmouse, Carolina chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, and downy woodpecker. Less frequent visitors in the fall/winter: goldfinches. Ones I have newly identified: pine siskin, red-bellied woodpecker, and red-breasted nuthatch. Finally, I also saw a male bluebird drinking from the bird bath, and then joining the red-bellied woodpecker in eating the dogwood berries.

And I must not forget the crows. They are always hanging around the barn and pasture.


Mr. N said...

Hey Carla,
I think the sparrow you've photographed is a house sparrow (Passer domesticus). In my bird book (Sibley) it's listed as an "old world sparrow" which is separated by quite a few pages from the other sparrows... maybe that's why you couldn't find it. ;) I used to be quite the birder myself - haven't done so much here, but in the last place I lived I recorded at least 42 different species. :)

ms. barrell said...

Thanks, Bryan! I'm very casual as a birder, but it can be addicting! I am keeping a life list-will have to add more to it!