My Backyard Bird Sightings and Notes
Denotes my first sighting
What a scene! I saw him snag a perching junco right off a limb!
03-09-07 The Northern Gilded Flicker has been seen around the suet feeder.
03-10-07 The snow is completely gone and the Junco numbers have decreased
a bit. But, the large numbers of California Quail, Nuthatches,
and Chickadees make up for them.
03-14-07 I must have missed their 2006 visit (or they missed me), but I hadn't
seen the Bohemian Waxwings (2005 photos) since March 2005,
until today. So it was great to spot a lone pair nibbling berries from
the juniper bushes today.
03-24-07 Robins have begun to appear everywhere and spring work in my
flowerbed is accompanied by the melody of returning Song Sparrows.
covey of California Quail numbering close to thirty. New photos added.
Feb16-19 Great Backyard Bird Count Over the four day period my only
new sighting was this year's first robin. But there was a host of the
02-16-07 15 Quail, 11 Juncos, 5 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 1
White-breasted Nuthatch, many Chickadees, and 1 unidentifiable
Hawk flying high overhead.
02-17-06 1 Robin, 1 Gilded Flicker, 5 Juncos, 3 Red-breasted Nuthatch,
1 White-breasted Nuthatch, 2 Stellar Jays, Chickadees,
3 Mountain Chickadees.
02-18-07 3 Pine Siskin, 4 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 2 Mountain Chickadees, and
02-19-07 1 Robin, 19 Juncos, 1 Chestnut-backed Chickadee, 1 Red-breasted
Nuthatch, 2 Stellar Jays, and I rescued two Pine Siskins who had
flown up the apartment stairwell and became trapped by all the
glass at the landing. What a way to end the Great Backyard Bird Count!
02-22-07 More American Goldfinches seen among the Juncos, and the
Varied Thrush has made its return; just a week later than his February
14th visit last year.
02-23-07 Pygmy Nuthatch; I thought they were juvie White-breasted Nuthatches
all along. hahaha
02-25-07 I hear more than I see, but a sunny morning brought a
Hairy Woodpecker within view.
04-07-07 A pair of Starlings have been raiding the suet feeder and sit in the
tall pines squawking. Sadly, I'll have to remove suet feeder for a week
to discourage their visits.
04-12-07 Four American Goldfinches spotted at the perch feeder.
04-18-07 A male and female Red Crossbill pair seen in the squirrel's seed feeder.
I was most pleased, as I have not seen the Crossbills since summer
An aside to birding: The fox squirrel community has expanded to four.
I watched four squirrels at the same time scramble about the trees and
04-24-07 "Top Gun" returns! The first Rufous Hummingbird (male) returnee;
6:30 p.m. Four days earlier than 2006.
04-25-07 Calliope Hummingbird (male) seen at the feeder; 1 p.m.
04-26-07 Black-headed Grosbeak pair spotted at 9 a.m.
June 2007 It's all about the Juvies!
June juvie sightings include: Robins, chickadees, pine siskins, housefinches, and a
few hummer juvies. So far. ;)
Additional June Notes: The Brown-headed Cowbirds have remained around the
birding area longer it seems this year than last. And, the usual Stellar's Jay group
of three has now increased to five regular visitors.
The summer hosted the usual visitors of chickadees,
nuthatches, jays, pine siskins, and the hummers.
The Fox squirrel population has increased to at least six.
Not as many House Finches as usual. Though one was quite
amusing in appearance with a few head feathers sticking
straight up bushy eyebrows. I dubbed him Professor Finch.
The highlight of the summer was watching
a large covey (about 60) of Quail raise their
young in the area. It was fun to watch and
record the chicks grow from babies into
teens into young adults.
08-27-07 Northern Goshawk. My first sighting. He swooped across the driveway
picture for identification purposes only. Sooo majestic.
08-31-07 The last Hummer sighting. A week earlier than last year (9-6-06)
my delight, as I've jokingly referred to them in the past as the 'Elusive'
09-22-07 As the temperatures cool more House finches are spotted.
10-15-07 The Juncos, in large numbers, have returned. As well as a few
Song Sparrows and Chestnut-backed Chickadees.
The Stellar Jays and the Fox Squirrels are now hoarding the
peanuts, rather than sitting and eating them at the feeders.
The usual Nuthatches, Finches, Pine Siskins continue at the
feeders. And, the Jays have taken a fondness to the suet cakes.
11-18-07 First Snow. Just a dusting of an inch.
11-29-07 The Varied Thrush has returned; spotted nibbling at apples in the tree.
November has been Nuthatch Mania, with many visitors.
12-01-07 Bewick's Wren. My first sighting.
12-31-07 The year ends with a variety of the regular winter
birds; Juncos, Housefinches, Cassin's Finches,
Song Sparrows, Stellar Jays, American Gold
Finches, Pine Siskins, and of course, the Fox Squirrels.