Saturday, October 18, 2008

Counting birds

The Northwest Nature Nut is counting birds. That is very timely for me, as I have gotten three new varieties of birds in the last three days. Woot! I know you can't see it in the picture, but the bird above is a House Finch. I have never seen this type of finch this close to my house, but I have seen a lot of Golden Finch here and at my Aunts house. I wish that I had gotten a better picture. But honestly, the darn chickadees chased him away! I hope he comes back.

This is the type of finch I saw. This picture is from a bird website.

So far, this October, I have seen all of my regulars, which include:
#1. Black capped Chickadees
#2. Chestnut Backed Chickadees
#3. Stellar Jays
#4. Scrub Jays
#5. Bushtits
#6. Robins
#7. Golden Finch
#9. Woodpeckers
#10. Humming Bird (but not for about two weeks)
#11. Cedar Waxwing
#12. Varied Thrush

This latest few were:
#13. House Finch (above)

I am not the bird collector Nut is, but at the same time, along with my bird collection, I have started to collect small critters and the neighbors cats as well. I have visitors all the time in my yard. The evenings esp, chickadees will be playing in my bird bath and coming over to the window feeder for a snack of Oil Sunflower Seeds right next to squirrels eating sunflower heads out of my fence feeder, right next to Stellar Jays (ie: the boldest bird in the world!) screaming at the cats and chasing them off my covered patio.

And of course, my resident birds... my chickens.


NW Nature Nut said...

Welcome to the GBC of October! I will add you to my list. You have a great list going so far. I am still hoping a Chestnut-backed Chickadee will come soon!

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Thank you. That sounds like lots of fun. :)

I filled up my feeders and stuff last night. I didn't get any peanuts though... those suckers are spendy!


Dawn said...

I love when the Northern Flickers come to our feeder. They and red-bellied woodpeckers love pieces of cake as a treat. They seem very attracted by the white color.

We only see cedar waxwings in the spring during what I assume is their migration route, and then, they only use our bird bath. They are beautiful.

We're in the East, so we have different birds.

I need to start feeding them again, but we've also had a problem with rats -- I suppose the bird-feeding and composting make our yard very desirable.

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