February 27, 2013

Fox Sparrow, A Lifer

Fox Sparrow

I was surprised to see a different bird at the feeders.  
I'm pretty sure it's a Fox Sparrow.  Especially after a
couple of birder friends suggested it.  At first I thought it was
a young Harris's Sparrow but at closer inspection I could
see it had different coloring.  It had a black spot in the
middle of it's chest.  It must be migrating because I've 
never seen these before.

After the Snowstorm
The weather channel called it Winter Storm Q
Northern Cardinal (Male)


Harris's Sparrow

Harris's Sparrow

Northern Cardinal (Female)

February 18, 2013

February Backyard Birds

We got some snow on the 12th that melted
the next day.  This is the only snow we've 
gotten this Winter.  It was actually quite pretty
and the LORD knows we needed the moisture.

February 6, 2013

Early Spring Migrants: Pine Siskins

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin

 We are having lots of Finch activity at the feeders right now.  
We are excited at getting a few Pine Siskins today, too :-) 
  I would say "Spring is on it's way!"

 Look how this Goldfinch is transforming.

 The House Finches are pairing up :-))

Female House Finch

I almost mistook the Pine Siskins for a female House Finch...
but at closer inspection, I noticed the House Finch is larger
in size and has a conical shaped beak.  The Pine Siskin beak
is long, slender and pointy.