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Chirps and Cheeps Bird Blog

A Birder's Blog About Birding in Western New York

A Snowy Outburst

Published March 07, 2011
Tags: My Feeders, Snow, Orchard Park, NY, Northern Cardinal, Downy Woodpecker, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, Brown Creeper

When it snows up here in Orchard Park, NY, our feeders get so busy with activity. The older I get, the more I hate the snow, but ohhhhh, I sure love the bird activity the snow brings!

There was a wide variety today and I hope you enjoy the photos of a few of the birds I had visit today.
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A Northern Cardinal
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Male Downy Woodpecker
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A male House Finch - that's a seed in his beak!
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Tufted Titmouse - love this pose!
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Dark-eyed Junco
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Female Northern Cardinal
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Song Sparrow
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Red-tailed Hawk - this beauty wasn't visiting our feeders, thankfully - but I grabbed a shot of it further down the road as I was running to the bank.


A Redpoll Passes Through

Published February 28, 2011
Tags: My Feeders, Common Redpoll, Orchard Park, feeders, finches

I was so happy to see another Common Redpoll today. I believe she's just passing through due to the fact that she wasn't hanging with any of the other finches today.  She was pretty much a loner, perching in the tree where the feeders are, coming down occasionally to eat, then back to perching for long periods.  She did this off and on all day before flying off before dusk.

There are many reports of large numbers of Common Redpolls near my Orchard Park area, but I've yet to see more than one at a time! I'd so love to see several at once, but  hey, I'll still take an occasional sighting now and then!
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Female Common Redpoll
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Female Common Redpoll
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Female Common Redpoll
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Female Common Redpoll
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Female Common Redpoll
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Female Common Redpoll
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Female Common Redpoll
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Female Common Redpoll
Reply from: Lynn on 2/28/2011 8:12 PM
 What a great sighting. And such interesting behavior, too. I hope you see her again and this time with some friends. Beautiful photos of a beautiful Redpoll. Thanks for sharing."


Traipsing After a Red-tailed Hawk

Published February 24, 2011
Tags: General Observations, Red-tailed Hawk, feathers, fluffy, majestic

On my way back from our tax accountant's office yesterday afternoon, I happened to see a majestic hawk up in the trees alongside the 219. I quickly got off and got back onto the highway and pulled-over alongside where this beautiful creature was perched.  Lo and behold, its mate swooped down close by as well. Fearing the rush hour traffic, I didn't want to get out of my car, so I opened my skylight and began shooting as the passing traffic rocked and shook my little car.

The hawks turned out to be Red-tailed hawks and were pretty tolerant of my photographic efforts. The late afternoon sun didn't help, but I still managed to capture a few decent photos.

I was dazzled by the bounteous feathers they have. It almost seemed like the one was wearing a fluffy billowy coat. Amazing and beautiful!
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Red-tailed Hawk
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Red-tailed Hawk
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Red-tailed Hawk
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Red-tailed Hawk - almost looks like he's eating something...
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Red-tailed Hawk - a beautiful departure.
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He/she must have tired of the photo shoot!
Reply from: Lynn on 2/28/2011 8:15 PM
 Wow! What a beautiful creature! I can't believe you got those shots from inside your car on the side of the highway. Amazing! Great work!"