Monday, May 13, 2013

Recent Yard Birds

The past few years I've kept a yard bird list, I was surprised in 2011 to tally 101 for the year and 2012 98, currently the list stands at 73 as of May 13th. The feeders have been colorful the past few days, American Goldfinches in breeding plumage and Blue Jays have been recently augmented by Gray Catbird, Pine Warbler, Indigo Bunting and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. On Mother's day 3 male Rose-breasted visited the feeder at once.

Blue Jays had been scarce all winter but recent arrivals have woken up the neighborhood
This gray Catbird came to the suite feeder.

A nice mix of blue and gray

This Indigo Bunting added a new tone to the blue scale.

Sunday 3 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were on the deck at once!
 I heard my first yard Scarlet Tanager on Sunday, after work on Monday a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak was carrying nesting materials.

A Red-eft nearby add nice ground colors

A "chippy" or is it reincarnation of Don Zimmer impersonation...!
The yard list for May 12, 2013:
 Mallard 3
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 3
Tree Swallow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 2
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 2
Ovenbird 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Northern Parula 2
Yellow Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 8
Prairie Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 3
Eastern Towhee 2
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4
Indigo Bunting 1
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 2