Sunday, September 02, 2007

Backyard Birds

The backyard feeders have been busy. But first, what has not been here - no blackbirds since early August. Red-wings, grackles, cowbirds, and starlings have moved from their breeding dispersal, gathering in flocks elsewhere.

In the backyard as of Saturday, September 1 - Evening Grosbeaks were feeding young.

Pine Siskins have come down from their mountain breeding areas and have been regulars

Some neighbors have the Red-breasted Nuthatch as a regular year-round feeder bird. At my feeders, they show up during August and September, then periodically through the winter. Two or three were around all day yesterday.

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are less common, but this youngster is beginning to show his true colors.

There have been so many young hummingbirds on the bee-balm, that the resident male has given up trying to defend his territory. I counted six at one time yesterday.

Spotty without his breeding spots is still working the river.

An odd resting stance for the Mourning Dove - looks like its injured, but it was fine.


debtfreeme said...

nice pics

John B. said...

I don't think I have seen a mourning dove lie down like that before. I wonder if it does that for a reason.


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