Sunday, February 20, 2011

One More Day!

This year's Great Backyard Bird Count is nearly over and I've only got one list submitted. Something SERIOUSLY wrong with this picture!

On the plus side, we have plenty of repeats from last year, like the robin on the left. Our little quarter of an acre is currently hosting the following:

Bluebirds, bluejays, brown thrashers, cardinals, Carolina wrens, Carolina chickadees, downy woodpeckers, goldfinches (looking very mangey as they put on breeding plumage), house finches, juncos, mockingbirds, mourning doves, northern flicker, red-bellied woodpeckers, robins, rufous-sided towhees, song sparrows, starlings (boooooo), tufted titmouse(s) [would that be titmice?],  white-breasted nuthatches and white-throated sparrows.

No sign of last year's gray catbirds. Not terribly surprising as they really need more brush/thicket habitat than we and our neighbors provide. When we first moved in, there was a large, scrubby snag just 100 feet from the backyard--and we had more towhees and more catbirds. While the song sparrows and wrens have been able to make do with the brush pile and closely clustered evergreens, the larger thrushes just haven't been able to settle down here.

Also no sign of our screech owl from last year, but he was a pretty big surprise at the time--not really enough habitat for him here, either. Maybe next year!

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