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Chirps and Cheeps Bird Blog

A Birder's Blog About Birding in Western New York

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

Published December 01, 2010
Tags: My Feeders,

It was a rather exciting day around my bird feeders today. After 2 days of nearly no activity, our ongoing and significant snowfall may have contributed to a most welcome feeder frenzy. I even got to add a Carolina Wren to my life list! After a quick couple of glimpses of him a couple of times over the last few weeks, I've been keeping my eye out for this mysterious visitor. I was sooo delighted today by his reappearance! I even managed to get a few half-way decent shots of him - at least good enough to positively identify the little guy.

I've been really missing the House Finches that were becoming regulars at the feeders. Usually 1 male would come by with anywhere between 2 and 4 females. However, I haven't seen them in about 2 weeks now. Where did they go and what are they up to?!

But as the day progressed, the snow flew, the inches climbed - and I was privy to a ton of activity! So, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

  • Carolina Wren - 1
  • American Tree Sparrow - 1
  • American Goldfinch - 3
  • Blue Jay - 1
  • Northern Cardinal - 3
  • Black-capped Chickadee - 14
  • Dark-eyed Junco - 12
  • Tufted Titmouse - 8
  • White-breasted Nuthatch - 2
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch - 2
  • Downy Woodpecker - 2
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2
  • Mourning Dove - 7
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American Goldfinches at early light
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A Tufted Titmouse
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Black-capped Chickadee
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Red-breasted Nuthatch
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Red-bellied Woodpecker plays Hide-n-Seek with me
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My life list addition, a Carolina Wren
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Carolina Wren
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Carolina Wren
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Dark-eyed Junco
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Dark-eyed Junco: it was fun watching this guy stomp and clear the snow from the railing!
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American Tree Sparrow: that dark spot on his chest was the clincher for identification
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American Tree Sparrow


A Red-breasted Nuthatch Eats from my Hand!

Published November 15, 2010
Tags: My Feeders, Red-breasted nuthatch, hand feeding

What a treat today brought! I've been preparing my bird friends to eat from my hand by leaving a gardener's glove of seed out on our deck railing.  It's close to the feeders and eventually, birds began to accept that purple glove as a regular deck accent and pick at the seeds in its palm. (This was all my son, Tom's idea.)

So - the next step was to WEAR the glove and try enticing the birds to eat from my hand with the glove on. But today, impatient as I am, I just went ahead and skipped that step, anxious to see if they would comply!  Sure enough!  A little male, red-breasted nuthatch obliged - and not only once, but he came back several times! I expected a chickadee to be first.

In between his visits, I set up my camera on a tripod and got some mediocre shots to prove I wasn't dreaming!  How cool!!!


Reply from: Marianne Coyne on 6/15/2011 10:49 AM
 Hello, Sue, I've linked over from Lynn's site. Oh, my, how utterly wonderful to have the bird eat from your hand. What a blessing, indeed! Your photos are beautiful!! And I especially like the one Lynn used on her post today. You are an amazing photographer. Enjoy the day, Marianne"


Tift Nature Preserve

Published October 08, 2010
Tags: Parks and Preserves,

I ventured off to Tift Nature Preserve today. It's been about 15 years since I've been there. It's still a terrific place to view nature in its untouched form, although there are a few indications of man's intervention - all for the good of the nature preserve.

I hadn't even gotten into the park when I spied my first warbler, and I mean my very first, life list kind of warbler. As an examination of my photos later showed, this guy was a Yellow Rumped Warbler. He was perched up in a pine tree near the entrance of the park, flitting from branch to branch. I'm thrilled I got at least one identifiable photo!

The pathways through the thick cattails surrounding the pond were a bit intimidating. I couldn't help but be a tad afraid, given I was female and alone. At one time, during a stealthy stalking of a Ruby Crowned Kinglet, I was startled by the quiet approach of a middle-aged Amish couple. However, I was quickly put at ease once we chatted for a few minutes.

All in all, it was a very satisfying day, even though the winds were high and the birds kept to the low areas.

  • Yellow Rumped Warbler - 1
  • Ruby Crowned Kinglet - 3
  • Blue Jay - 2
  • American Robin - 3
  • Downy Woodpecker - 1
  • Red-Bellied Woodpecker - 1
  • Northern Cardinal - 1
  • Water fowl that I was not able to identify
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The first bird I found, a Yellow Rumped Warbler, was sitting outside the main park area. This was a life list bird for me!
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Another list list bird, this Ruby-Crowned Kinglet was flitting in and out amongst the brush along the main path.
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Another mediocre picture of the Ruby-Crowned Kinglet.
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Running out of things to take pictures of, I grabbed a shot of this Monarch.
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I was very surprised to see this beautiful doe staring at me as I turned around to head back out of the preserve.