Daily Archives: February 16, 2016

Feederwatch mid-February totals

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Project Feederwatch totals from Sunday and Monday:

Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 7
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 4
Black-capped Chickadee 7
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Eastern Bluebird 7
American Robin 2
American Tree Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco 8
White-throated Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 5
Purple Finch 2
American Goldfinch 3

It was VERY cold, probably the coldest day we will have all winter on Sunday (low of -11, high of 8), and there is snow cover, so the number and variety of birds was pretty high.

Purple pose

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Over the weekend, one male and one female Purple Finch visited the feeders… but at different times.

They like black oil sunflower seeds. They do not flit, like chickadees and titmice, so it is easy to get pictures of them.

Your backyard sunflower seed feeder is probably a great place to look for Purple Finches if you live within their winter range. This species moves very erratically from year to year, so if you don’t have them this year, there’s always a chance they’ll arrive next year.