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Chirps and Cheeps Bird Blog

A Birder's Blog About Birding in Western New York

A Sucker for Plumage and Pileateds

Published March 30, 2011
Tags: My Feeders, Pileated Woodpecker, American Goldfinch, American Tree Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, plumage

I've probably seen a Pileated Woodpecker a good 5 or 6 times now, but I think I'll always instinctively grab for my camera whenever I see one! So here's another photo from today's visit along with a few other accompanying species.

Isn't this male American Goldfinch absolutely beautiful?! He's way ahead of his peers in his breeding plumage and so gorgeous that I just had to grab some photos of him too!

Since our American Tree Sparrows will be departing to go further north soon, I find I'm grabbing every photo opportunity of them as well. I'll sure miss their beautiful songs when they're gone, but I look forward to the return of the Chipping Sparrow soon.
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Female Pileated Woodpecker
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Male American Goldfinch - nearly completed molting in to his breeding plumage
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American Tree Sparrow - soon departing to higher ground
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Black-capped Chickadee


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