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Published June 25, 2015
Tags: My Feeders, Bobolink, Brown Thrasher, Chipping Sparrow, Eastern Phoebe, Red-eyed Vireo, Common Yellowthroat, Hooded Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker

I decided to take it a little easier the last couple of weeks and just do a little birding around my own yard and area. Quite honestly, all the traveling I've been doing has tired me out!  But I still want to see whatever I can, so even though I'm staying local, I'm keeping my eyes and ears open!

The other day, I visited an area on Newton Road where Grasshopper Sparrows were seen.  I thought I found one, but those female Bobolinks are tricky for me!  Alec Humann set me straight on that and, try as I might in several subsequent visits - I never did find a Grasshopper Sparrow at this location.  It was very nice to see Eastern Meadowlarks and Bobolinks carrying food for their young, though. It's a good location and the farmer doesn't plow the field, so maybe the Grasshopper Sparrow will discover this spot one day if he hasn't already.  I heard they nested here years before.

At our home feeders, new fledglings are arriving every day.  It's been fun watching their curious and clumsy antics at the suet and seed feeders. I love it!

And just down the road, where I walk almost every day, I found a nice assortment of birds that sometimes varies.  I regularly see and hear Northern Flickers, Red-eyed Vireo, Eastern Towhees, Common Yellowthroats, Chestnut-sided Warblers, and even Hooded Warblers. Some transients have included a Veery, Brown Thrashers, Eastern Wood-Pewees, a Least Flycatcher, and a Blue-winged Warbler.
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Female Bobolink with food for young
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Male Bobolink with food for young
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Eastern Phoebe
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Brown Thrasher
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Chipping Sparrow fledgling
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Red-eyed Vireo
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Male Eastern Towhee
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Common Yellowthroat
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Common Yellowthroat
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Common Yellowthroat
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Hooded Warbler (male)
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Hooded Warbler
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Rose-breasted Grosbeak
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Young Rose-breasted Grosbeak
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Young Red-breasted Nuthatch
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Young Red-breasted Nuthatch
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Young Downy Woodpecker