Thursday, January 1, 2009

The New Year Birds are very busy in my yard this week

First picture is of the red bellied woodpecker. He is spending more and more time in my yard this week. I am guessing it's because the temperature has gotten so low that finding bugs is more challenging than last week. He didn't want the suet today, but preferred the bird seed in the platform feeder. Yesterday the starlings kept him away from the station but they seemed to have tamed some from yesterday. I have noticed that the starlings are at their most obnoxious when it is snowing.

Second picture is of the lone song sparrow who comes to my yard everyday. I love this little bird because he stands up for himself. The creepy little house sparrows have a tendency to bully the other birds and the song sparrow won't stand for it. He pecks right back at them and they are smart enough to back off. He is so spunky that I make it a point to stop whatever I am doing to watch him and his antics.

Finally a question. Is this a pine siskin? I am so sorry for the lousy picture but lighting has been a big issue for me the past couple of days due to how the sun is in my yard. All three of these pictures where taken around the same time in the day but you can see how much better the one of the red bellied is due to the sun around that tree. The area in my yard where my feeding stations are do not get direct sun on it as much as my trees do.

Lastly the junco is still around and hopping. I did some google research and am sad to report that he does have a broken wing. I am going to go to Dicks Sporting Goods tomorrow to get a net and see if I can get him that way. I will call Tufts tomorrow, but I have a feeling they are going to tell me to just let nature take it's course with him (that's what they told a neighbor of mine who had an injured robin). There is another man a couple of towns over from me that does wild life rehab as well so I may try him too. I find it sad that there are not a lot of wild life rehabilitors out there. If I didn't have all of my cats I would consider doing it. Big applause to all of you out there who do it!


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Kallen, I took your Siskin picture and tried to lighten it on my program. I emailed it to you. Don't know if it's better or not--but I do think it is a Pine Siskin.

Love your Red-bellied picture!!!!
Happy 2009
New Blog HERE.

Diane said...

I'm with you, Kallen! I was really struggling with photos during our snow-in. Cheer up - SPRING IS COMING! ! ! You seem to be enjoying your little visitors as much as I am enjoying mine - I can't believe that I'm actually being able to tell some of them apart from the others! Love your posts AND your photos - smile :)

Rich said...

You have great pictures! You have a good variety of birds in your yard.

Jayne said...

I'm with Betsy... it looks like a Pine Siskin to me. :c) Poor little junco. I love the Song Sparrows too, esp. when they let loose in the spring with their song.

Larry said...

Hi Kallen, it looks like a Pine Siskin to me from what I can see. They usually hang out with the goldfinches this time of year and you can see them at your feeders.

If you haven't done it yet, you may want to look into Project Feeder Watch here: it's a lot of fun plus it helps the Cornell Lab of Ornithology collect data on birds.

The Great Backyard Bird Count starts in February too! You can check that out here:

Have a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Mary said...

Yeah, the light is low - I've been under the clouds for the last three weeks except for about four days of sun. I can't tell if that's a Pine Siskin since I don't see them here often. But, hurray for the little Song Sparrow! Those house sparrows are nasty little critters, I know.

You have good birds, Kallen. I hope the Junco is on the mend.


dAwN said...

Some great backyard birding, Kallen.
poor little junco...keep us posted on what happens

Rich said...

Hi Kallen,

I fly back to Juneau in a few hours.
I am amazed at how quickly time flies.
Seems like I just left Alaska.

Have a great last few days off.

Rambling Woods said...

Did it have yellow wing bars and the same size as a goldfinch? If so it is a siskin...

Here is a list by state of rehabbers. A real rehabber will help..

locate a rehabber

Rambling Woods said...

I'm not sure that is a song sparrow. I tried to lighten up the photo. I was wondering if it was an american tree sparrow...

Rambling Woods said...'s a song sparrow and I had two here today..


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