Yard Birds

Journal entries.

November 17, 2018. 05:57. 20cm of snow showed up unbidden yesterday, yuck. But — ! Chickadees, White-throated Sparrows, Nuthatches, Pigeons, Mourning Doves, Cardinals, Goldfinches — and an Evening Grosbeak! It sat quietly in the maple above the feeder, watching the other birds, and then flew off. I didn’t even know what it was, but was able to identify it by its bright yellow bill, and its colours as it flew past the upstairs window where I stood enjoying the scene.

November 18. 06:32. A Fox Sparrow at the bird feeder yesterday! And a pair of crows. 11:30. And a Junco today.

November 21. 06:03. So, my list of bird-feeder visitors: 1. Chickadees. 2. Red-breasted Nuthatches. 3. Goldfinches. 4. Purple Finches. 5. White-throated Sparrows. These can all fit through the bars of the feeder, although the White-throats are just as happy on the ground.

6. Juncos. 7. Pigeons. 8. Mourning Doves. 9. Fox Sparrows. 10. Cardinals. 11. Crows. These ones all eat on the ground. 12. An Evening Grosbeak. Dunno if it ate anything before I saw it.

13:00. 13. An American Tree Sparrow. The white wing bar is visible from the upstairs window without binoculars. It moves quickly over the ground and is smaller than the White-throats, who in turn are smaller than the Fox Sparrows.

November 22. 12:24. 14. House Finch! Pink on forehead, bib, and bottom, otherwise sparrow-coloured.

January 10, 2019. 05:15. 15. A Pine Siskin, my first ever, at the feeder yesterday! A bundle of streaks with Goldfinch-like wing bars and a notched tail. It wouldn’t sit still, one moment on the tray, the next clinging to the cylinder, eating, eating, eating seed after seed. When I looked up information later, I learned that Pine Siskins can stuff a tenth of their body weight into their crop to nibble on during the night; so it wasn’t eating, it was just grocery shopping when I saw it.