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The sunshine and warm temperatures have disappeared but not the birds. It provides a source of color and pleasure on these gloomy, gray days. This is my first winter of documenting the birds. I have always enjoyed watching them but didn't worry about identifying them.
This morning I was out on the deck trying to get a close up of a robin. There were a whole flock of them (about 30) on the edge of my yard, looking for worms in the rain. I did manage to get this one.
robin 2/23/10 ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )
Out of the corner of my eye I caught this yellow bellied sap sucker.
yellow bellied sapsucker ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )
I had noticed all these small holes in that tree in the spring and did not know what caused it. There are hundreds of small holes up and down the tree. Now I know who is to blame.
holes made by sapsucker ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )
Here a few more firsts for me this year.
red winged black bird Feb 2010 ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )
Eastern Towhee...Feb 2010 ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )
yellow rumped warbler ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )
yellow rumped warbler 2/10 ( photo / image / picture from gfreiherr's Garden )
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You have lots of birds already. I hear ours first. We have mostly songbirds - don't even know what they are. Should be seeing robins soon, I hope. Neat pics. Great closeups. The pic of the red winged blackbird - are those buds on that tree?
The buds form before the last year's leaves fall, Newfpaws.
Newfpaws...they are buds on my dogwood tree.
What great photos! We usually look and listen for the Red- winged Blackbirds about the 1st of March, we're wondering if they may be later because its still so cold here.
The Eastern Towhee looks like the bird you were trying to identify the other day -- remember the one that looked a little like a robin? Do you think so?
Mary Ann...I think it was a robin. The towhee has a dark brown face with a red eye. They do look similar at a distance.
What a pleasure to see your birds. I am so surprised to see that Red-Winged Blackbird. I would have expected them later on in the spring.
I saw the blackbird a couple times this week...just one.
I saw a sapsucker the other day on a cedar post. I thought it was a red headed woodpecker. Are they the same with a common name? We have robins and cardinals and sparrows and some beautiful hawks here. Also, mocking birds. I have seen the little bluebirds with the orange breasts, too. I stand at the windows and watch them but can't get close enough for a picture. I don't have a feeder.
I'm not sure Dooley, there are multiple types of red-headed woodpeckers and sapsuckers, sapsuckers are in the woodpecker family.
Wonderful collection of photos your are collecting. Someone told me that the woodpeckers go after the grubs that do more damage than the woodpeckers. He is probably helping the tree more than hurting it.
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