Backyard birding, winter edition

March 15, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

When the weather is frightful my attention turns to our backyard (as viewed from my backdoor!)   Over the past two winters, I have noticed quite a bit of activity in the winter months with birds coming and going.  I have done my best to try to accurately identify these different visitors, and here are a few of the different species I saw from January thru mid March.

The bluejays are interesting to watch.  When they fly in, 9 times out of 10 they manage to chase all other birds away.  This particular day was rather dreary, and the blues on this jay just brightened up the scenery for me, even if just for a few moments.

 

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I am hoping this bluebird (or one of his buddies) finds his way to our bluebird house (sparrows have been our only tenants to date). 

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The tufted titmouse hangs out in the tree more than most.

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The dark-eyed juncos may be fairly common, but I find their coloring pattern interesting.  I don't recall seeing these guys in the warmer months, but we had quite a few of them during the cold, snowy weather.

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Northern cardinals are frequent year-round visitors

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The yellowfinches are not quite as vibrant in winter as they are in summer but it's nice to see them year round as well

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The red bird is a male housefinch ... along with what I think are a few sparrows and a junko ...

I believe these are female house finches

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Cedar waxwing eating berries

Of course the robin, signifying the start of spring

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First sighting of a red-winged blackbird in mid March - sloshing around in the winter melt

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