Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bohemian Waxwings in Gardner 2/21

I've been watching the reports of these handsome waxwings from up north for the last few weeks and some have finnaly eaten their way into north Worcester County. I was fortunate to stumbled across 4 in Gardner today that mixed in with a dozen Cedar Waxwings and robins. About 10 years ago there was a flock of over 300 Bohemians in this same neighborhood.

Below are a few photos:
Bohemian Waxwing on Central Street in Gardner

This one was fluffed up and roundish looking.

This one in a more sleek pose.

One a of few robins mixed in with the waxwings

Hopefully more will arrive and be able to find some uneaten crabapples and other food sources in the area.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Late Jan...early Feb feeder birds

Along with the seemingly relentless snow fall has been an invasion of small finches in our Westminster neighborhood. The local flock has built to a minimum of 100 American Goldfinches, 30-40 Pine Siskins, a least 5 Common Redpolls and 15-20 House Finches.
Common Redpoll using one of our perches
This Pine Siskin was fighting off a goldfinch

A "goldie and "white nut" during a recent storm

This goldfinch appears to be kicking the snow

This sisking had been digging for seed

Siskin and goldfinch awaiting a turn at the feeders

Blue Jay moving into "hog" some seeds.

A nice asorment of small finches, Pine Siskin,Common Redpoll,  Am.Goldfinch and House Finch