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A Birder's Blog About Birding in Western New York

Back to the Cold

Published January 02, 2011
Tags: My Feeders, Brown Creeper, House Finch

After a few days of almost balmy weather here in Buffalo, the cold and the snow descended on us once again. It's hard to believe I was sitting on my deck early yesterday morning in just jeans and a sweater, enjoying the sounds of the birds as they awakened. Alas, winter is back!

The House Finches have been coming to the feeders very regularly now - up to a dozen of them at a time. I still marvel at their beauty. I was happy to see the Brown Creeper today and even/ managed a halfway decent photo of him.

Today also brought:

  • House Finch - 8
  • Brown Creeper - 1
  • American Goldfinch - 7
  • Tufted Titmouse - 6
  • Black-capped Chickadee - 7
  • American Tree Sparrow - 3
  • Northern Cardinal - 3
  • Junco - 6
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1
  • White-breasted Nuthatch - 2
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
  • Downy Woodpecker - 1
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This shot of the Brown Creeper made my day!
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Male House Finch
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Looks like he was spinning his seed!
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They're even pretty from the back!
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An American Goldfinch just hangin' in the snow
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This Red-bellied Woodpecker kept returning for the bark butter I just bought. It seems to be a hit!
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A male Downy Woodpecker climbs up the maple tree on the side of the house
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A Red-breasted Nuthatch liked the bark butter too
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A Tufted Titmouse
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I so enjoy the songs of the American Tree Sparrows


Pine Siskins - Finally!

Published December 14, 2010
Tags: Life List Happenings,

Today brought my first Pine Siskin to our feeders! I am pretty sure it was a male due to more yellow markings on his lower wing tips.

I managed many photos as he was quite content to sit, pick through the seeds on the deck railing, and get photographed. Halfway through, I turned on the flash and he was fine with that too. It was tough to get a pic without seed casings on his beak; what a messy eater!

I almost lost my fingers to frost bite due to a sub-zero wind chill factor, but I was too mesmerized to move to and seek warmth!

  • Pine Siskin - 1
  • American Goldfinch - 3
  • Tufted Titmouse - 5
  • Black-capped Chickadee - 12
  • American Tree Sparrow - 3
  • Northern Cardinal - 3
  • Junco - 7
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch - 2
  • White-breasted Nuthatch - 2
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
  • Downy Woodpecker - 1
  • Blue Jay - 1
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This shot seems to show just how much he really enjoy picking through the seeds on the deck!
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How exciting to finally find this guy at my feeders! I believe this is a male?


Two Life List Birds Today!

Published December 08, 2010
Tags: Life List Happenings,

It was fun around the feeders today. One of the nice things about being rather new to birding is that life list additions happen more frequently. Today, I got to add TWO birds to my list: a Northern Flicker and European Starling. The Flicker was pretty far away so the photos aren't great, but they definitely confirm the sighting.

I understand the starlings usually travel in large flocks, but this one was solo and when he came back later on in the day he was still alone.

A large Red-tailed Hawk flew over several times today - low. I was concerned he was scoping out the feeders since it's been so cold and food is probably scarce for him. No harm done, fortunately, but unfortunately, I was unsuccessful in my attempts to grab some photos of this marvelous bird.

  • Northern Flicker - 1
  • European Starling - 1
  • Brown Creeper - 1
  • Northern Cardinal - 2
  • Black-Capped Chickadee - 9
  • Tufted Titmouse - 8
  • White-breasted Nuthatch - 2
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • American Goldfinch - 5
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2
  • Hairy Woodpecker - 1
  • Downy Woodpecker - 2
  • Junco - 12
  • American Crow - 3
  • Mourning Dove - 5
  • Red-tailed Hawk - 1
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European Starling: The first life list bird to show today. This appears to be a male by the blue'ish tint to his beak and he appeared to be travelling alone.
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My second life list bird day, the Northern Flicker - Yellow Shafted. It's a poor photo, but you can still make out the the berries he's reaching for.
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Brown Creeper: I've only seen this guy creep up our huge pine tree in the back before, so I was surprised to see him on this maple today.
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Female Northern Cardinal. She posed nicely; don't you think?
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Male Downy Woodpecker, a regular at our feeders.
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White-breasted Nuthatch grabs a seed.
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American Goldfinch strikes a nice pose.
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Tufted Titmouse perches amid the flurries.