My Backyard Bird Sightings and Notes
Denotes my first sighting
02-01-08 I was swooped by a Sharp-Shinned Hawk while standing under the large
pine trees refilling the feeders. He snagged a finch out of mid-air and
lit in the bare branches of the backyard cotton tree. What a sight it was!
02-03-08 The Sharpie Hawk returned again today, sadly grabbing another finch.
02-08-08 Due to the hawk hanging around, the feeders have been a bit
quiet for a few days, except for a flock of Mourning Doves that
have been feeding on the ground.
02-09-08 Many of the birds have returned to the feeders. Hopefully the hawk has
02-10-08 Robin sighted in the early afternoon, feeding on the ground with the
The Evening Grosbeaks own the birding area and have been regular visitors for
months, accompanied by their usual followers; the Pine Siskins. Quail,
Chickadees, and Nuthatches also frequent the feeders.
03-27-08 6" fresh snow today. Been a long winter.
04-01-08 Rufous-sided Towhee spotted in the lilac branches with a mate.
04-12-08 Snow mounds still abound due to a long, snowy winter.
04-18-08 American Goldfinch in bright yellow plumage, drinking from a puddle.
Mid Apr As the snow recedes, as do the numbers of Juncos. Very few seen.
04-17-08 MOOSE on the loose. A young and very skinny moose has
been roaming the neighborhood looking for good grasses and
tasty twigs. January 2000 shows he appears to be fattening up a bit
and shedding his winter coat.
04-26-08 The Sharp-shinned Hawk made a return swoop through the
birding area, though his swoop through was unsuccessful.
04-29-08 A small flock of about six White-crowned Sparrows pecked at the gravel
underneath the driveway shrubbery.
05-04-08 A Hummer's buzz was heard today, but no time to place the feeders.
New pet in the household. Gracie, a stray poodle mix found on
the highway 4-26-08.
05-07-08 The 'buzzing' in the air reminded me to hang the Hummingbird feeders.
Build it and they will come! Top Gun, the Rufous male, and his female
were the the first to visit the sugar water feeder. They're baaaaack.
05-09-08 Calliope Hummingbird returns.
05-10-08 International Migratory Bird Day
Not much time to observe due to new pet and many outdoor
spring chores. The few I did observe are regulars: Black-capped
Chickadee, California Quail, Evening Grosbeak, and Pine Siskin.
05-14-08 The whistling call of the Brown-headed Cowbird was heard.
05-18-08 Black-headed Grosbeak; male and female.
05-24-08 Black-chinned Hummingbird returns.
05-28-08 Great Horned Owl
What a big guy!
No new observations for the summer of 2008. But, the stars of the 2008 summer
show were Pine Siskins.
A large flock seemingly ruled the feeders this year, with only a few visiting forth yet
another new batch of juvies to watch grow throughout the summer. The Fox
Squirrels and the Stellar Jays continue to be daily visitors. All hummers have left by
September 2nd for their winter migration south.
October ~ As the cold weather moves in, it seems the Pine Siskins have moved out.
They generally are around during the winter months and may return later in the
winter, but for now they are nowhere to be found.
10-11-08 The Juncos have returned.