Birds in October sun

The tube feeder is hanging in the gingko tree out front. I sat on the front porch steps for a few minutes yesterday and observed the birds.

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Black-capped Chickadee inspects the seed mix.

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Chickadees.

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Finding a good one.

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Scruffy little American Goldfinch.

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Two goldfinches.

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Goldfinch with sunflower seed.

“There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Coffee and a chickadee

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I Instagrammed this cell phone pic of a wet chickadee this morning. It was perched on my hand while I sipped coffee and waited for it to dry.

At 6:40 a.m. my neighbor called and said he had a job for me. A chickadee got stuck in the jelly in his oriole feeder. He rinsed it off in the birdbath but had to go to work and wanted me to keep an eye on it.

When it hopped on my shoulder and flew to the window sill I knew it was okay. I released the little bird back into “the wild”.

Hello, I’m back

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Great Egret goes fishing, in Stuart, Florida.

I was in Florida for a few weeks and I have been a slacker when it comes to keeping up with the blog. And I have some nice bird pics from the Sunshine State too.

Home now, and the bluebirds are nesting in the bluebird box…

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Will she lay another or will there be just two baby bluebirds? The nest is made of pine needles, with a bit of feather down fluff for added insulation.

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Chickadees come to the feeder even when I am standing right next to it, the bold ones.

Tell the snow it’s spring

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Rare sight: American Robin at a feeder. I thank the earth(worm)-covering white stuff.

Chance of light snow was in the forecast, then it started to snow and kept at it all day. The feeders were very busy. The ground is snow-covered again.

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A male Goldfinch and female Purple Finch at the nyjer feeder.

It is meteorological Spring (March, April, May) though astronomical Spring is not until March 20. The weathermen say it was the warmest winter for at least the last 60 years in New Hampshire and many other places.

Weather.com: Record Warm Winter for Many in New England; Record Wet in South Florida and Seattle

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.

2016 is here!

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Female Northern Cardinal with a Downy Woodpecker beyond.

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New Year’s Resolution: keep an eye on the birds.

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Goldfinches, male cardinal and chickadee. The feeders are busy when it snows.