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Wildlife – Helping The Birds Survive Winter
Unlike many people who are so busy during the summer months, the wintertime can be quite cold and a lot of the wild birds that live in your backyards don’t have any protection from the elements. They may be protected by a roof or a fence, but they still need basic help to stay warm and survive. If you’re wondering how to help the birds survive the winter months, there are a few simple things you…
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Their still crap, but better than the ones I usually take. It helped that he or she was so close to my basement window. There are days I hate my camera phone...still it's better than nothing. Beautiful bird! My phone's camera doesn't do him justice. He also acted a little silly today. Hopped into the water container and sat there soaking for a long time. Looked cute...or as cute as a raptor can get anyway.
have migrated (yes, even they do that but not as far as the typical migratory birds), but there is still a smaller group around. some of them are looking very scraggly but here is the proof that not all of them molt. Sometimes I get so used to their scruff that I almost forget how gorgeous and perfect they normally look 😄 Speaking of blue - I also heard a Bluebird sing this morning! Hopefully this means they will be around again soon. Happy Wednesday!
about bird ID because individuals from the same species can show very different looks. Between male and female, young and adult and molting or non-molting, there is a big variety of feathers to be seen at the end of the warm season. These are all House Finches. One male adult (this was yesterday morning when the air was beautifully foggy) with a little molt, one younger male with a lot of molt and a female that looks pretty much impeccable.
even if they often do not seem to. Titmice and Chickadees often seem to hang out together but I guess peanut envy is a thing 😜 The House Finch looks unimpressed yet wary of the big (molting) MoDo, and the young Woodpecker appears to be more interested in the camera than the Goldfinch.
In the last couple of days, I have heard that familiar Woodpecker chatter nearby, and I was hoping that my Woodpecker drought would soon be over. Well, it looks like it finally is. This guy came yesterday, and I think it is a young one from this summer that is just starting to molt into adult feathers. It is interesting how the bird populations fluctuate in general, but it all felt different this year and I was getting a bit worried. We had a lot of rain this summer though, and just guessing from my own garden I would say it is safe to assume that nature has an abundance of foods available right now. And I guess with birds coming and going things will never get boring either.
Early Morning Light
I saw a Red-breasted Nuthatch, a Red-bellied Woodpecker and a Downy Woodpecker (in a nestbox) What a nice change from the bird desert that my yard has been in the last couple of days. The House Finches are also back in full force, and I love that there are Titmice all over the place. I often mix them up with Chickadees when I just hear them but they are way more talkative! Always makes me smile to hear them.
Late bloomers plus late season senescence, September
The golden girls
(these are the (great?) grandchildren of Big Al)
early September garden 2021
Many things have been knocked down by storms or eaten up by birds by now
Down the Hatch
are a good time to experiment a bit, especially since now there is still lush vegetation everywhere. So I put the camera back on the ground. The curious looks always make me giggle.
get a bit sad when barefoot weather comes to an end, I must admit that I am thoroughly enjoying the cooler temperatures and the smell of fall in the air. Things are still slow here but in the last two days, the Goldfinches have started to come back. They nest late in the season, and right now you can see them with their young ones. These two came to the feeder, and while I am sure they are both American Goldfinches, their very black wing bars look a bit unusual. Normally, there is more white to see there. I think the paler one is a molting young adult bird.