Monday, February 15, 2016

The Great Backyard Bird Count ...

... Sunday addendum.

Blue Jay
Fox Sparrow

We had the same species as on Saturday, sans Northern Flicker but adding Fox Sparrow.

As you can see, I did manage to get a picture of the elusive Blue Jay, a surprisingly skittish species. It is one of the larger species to visit the feeders.

The Fox Sparrow has been a one day wonder this year, showing up Sunday only. Fox Sparrows were common at the feeders last winter, we had 12 in our yard one day, and several spent the entire season. This year we've had three, two one day earlier this year and then this individual. Nor have Blue Jays have been as common as last year. This winter has been much milder than last, and there is plenty of food, apart from our feeders, to be had in the woods and fields around us.

We also had a pair of Hermit Thrush as we wandered in the woods behind our place. And Patty had a European Starling today, mixed in with the horde of Common Grackles (I had to go to work).

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