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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.