Sunday, January 11, 2015

Frigid weather

Nuthatch out and about
Carolina wren looking for food
I hate being out when the weather is frigid, but that doesn't mean that I'm not seeing birds. There was a sapsucker in our driveway yesterday, on the ground, pecking at ice and salt bits. It was also going around the big trees at the base of each tree human ankle height.  The day before the starlings were hanging around in front of the market at Broadway and 74th street. One starling picked up a grape, a frozen solid grape. It got the grape into its mouth then jumped up and down until the grape slip down the hatch. Never saw that behavior before.  The week before there were four red tail hawks floating above the school yard at 76th and Columbus. Crows screamed at them, but eventually the crows left.
I'm also busy with opera documentation which is keeping me from hiking around with camera.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The titmice

There are bits to eat where we can't see them, but the little bright-eyed titmice find the bits. Charmers.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


We've got a nice flock of seed-hunting white throated sparrows.
The juncos are also working the lawn.
Multiples in camera, fun time
Hermits still hanging around.
I watched starlings eating sliced turkey on Broadway, but didn't have camera in hand, alas.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hermy and the robins

Still in town, a few hermit thrush
Hooray for berries
We've got a flock of robins in our garden, probably from up north now heading south and a huge congregation of white throated sparrows. They'll be here for the winter. The yellow bellied sapsucker is enjoying our trees as usual. On Monday while I was work at work a neighbor found an injured bird on the sidewalk, a woodcock!  Bad eye. She knew what to do, got a box and took bird to Wildbird rescue place. They reported that they have several woodcocks, window crash damage. They hope they can save our injured woodcock. Damaged eyes are bad because woodcocks have to see backwards.

Thursday, December 4, 2014


Resident mocker very aware that I'm watching. No "talking" at this time.
Lots of hermit thrushes.
Redbelly woodpecker.... will be around all winter.
Didn't expect to see this female finch.
The usual berry lunch
What would the park be without a rat.
Nature's fuzz beauty

Monday, December 1, 2014

Drill Master

Rat tat tat...... holey business, the downy woodpecker.

Friday, November 28, 2014


Picking on dropped berries is to be expected.
But this was different. Dove found a hunk of bread and stayed put. No sharing. No concern that I was close by. This was quietly becoming a stuffed dove. Nice leftover.