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Chirps and Cheeps Bird Blog

A Birder's Blog About Birding in Western New York

Purple Finch Returns

Published March 27, 2011
Tags: My Feeders, Purple Finch, American Tree Sparrow, Black-capped Chickadee, life list

Every time I see a Purple Finch, I get excited. This was a life list bird for me not too long ago. However, I've YET to see a male!  We seem to only get one, lone female visiting.  I keep thinking that one of these days, she's going to find the man of her dreams and bring him along!  So far, no dice!  But, I got a couple of nice shots of her today...
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Female Purple Finch
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Female Purple Finch - don't you just love their little stand-up peaked crowns?
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American Tree Sparrow
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Black-capped Chickadee


Pine Siskin and More

Published March 23, 2011
Tags: My Feeders, Pine Siskin, Common Red Poll, Song Sparrow, Mockingbird, irruptions, Western New York

Today's snowy day brought a Pine Siskin around again. This is such a cute little bird that we don't see too often here in Western New York. This year's irruptions seemed to bring more Common Red Polls and Pine Siskins than past years, I heard from my bird list group. Many people reported large flocks of both species, but to date, I've only seen one at a time at my feeders.

Another bird that I find especially attractive is the Song Sparrow - not only are they physically cute to me in their plump, little striped outfits, but their songs are beautiful, lasting throughout the spring and summer.  Did you know that other birds, like the Mockingbird, cannot imitate their songs?
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The Song Sparrow, one of my favorites
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Song Sparrow
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A Male Downy Woodpecker perches for my ever-ready camera
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Female Dark-eyed Junco
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Male House Finch
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Female Pine Siskin - a rare sighting for me
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Pine Siskin
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Female Northern Cardinal


A Plethora and a Pileated

Published March 18, 2011
Tags: My Feeders, Pileated Woodpecker, tongue, Audubon, bark butter

Oh, I just LOVE Pileated Woodpeckers! They're marvelously and magnificently made! A female came by again today and indulged in some of our bark butter. I was mesmerized when I realized she was flicking her tongue at the bark of the tree!  I never noticed that before. I looked it up in my Audubon Guide - and sure enough, I wasn't seeing things - these unique birds have very long, sticky tongues.  And wow, they're FAST!  I tried to catch a photo of her tongue, and one does show a short extension of  it, but it doesn't do it it justice - it's really LONG!

A plethora of other visitors showed up today - so a great birding day from my kitchen window all-in-all!
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Female Pileated Woodpecker
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It's not in good focus, but you can still see her tongue either coming in or going out
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Beautiful Blue Jay - he or she was gathering seeds like crazy. I don't think they eat them right away - I think they gather them in their mouth and then eat later.
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Female Downy Woodpecker - the wind was giving her a bad hair day!
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White-breasted Nuthatch
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Male House Finch