Monday, November 23, 2009

More Birds at Home

Our yards finally got busy again yesterday: 6 White-winged Doves, 5-6 House Finches, 2 Carolina Wrens, 2 Carolina Chickadees, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a Northern Cardinal, a Northern Mockingbird, a male Downy Woodpecker, a male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and a Yellow-rumped Warbler. Plus a flyover by a Turkey Vulture.

Probably because we've been away, all of the birds were very skittish and difficult to photograph. Exceptions were a very red male House Finch and a good-looking male Northern Cardinal.

Late in the afternoon, a Northern Mockingbird came to our backyard fence to beg for peanut butter.

Unfortunately, he/she wandered away just before I smeared some butter on the fence and by the time he/she came back, a squirrel had cleared the fence.

However, the Mockingbird was ready and waiting a little while later when I put out a second load. As the photos show, he/she was a very dainty eater.


sharon said...

Wow, sounds like you're backyard was extremely busy! Great photos, love the bright colours! Do you know what our equivalent of the Northern Mockingbird would be - perhaps Blackbird?

Aion said...

Loved the Photos Jeff! Excellent Scenery and Nature Shots... I "featured" your blog on my blog for my readers enjoyment!

Jeff said...

Sharon, I think the closest would be a cross between a Blackbird and a Magpie - but capable, too, of imitating sounds from birdsong to police car sirens!

Thanks, Aion.
You've got a totally unique site. Very interesting idea.