Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Saying goodbye ~Part 1~ The birds

 

When we arrived at Sickstas the beginning of April.

The Chickadees were checking out the housing.

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They finally settled on the Moon.

its been a popular nesting location in the past.

I repaired it with Duct tape last year after it fell and broke.

I didn’t think they would like it..

They did..

P1120396When we first arrived the local birds entertained us.

Downy Woodpecker

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Red-bellied Woodpecker

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When we first arrived there were tons of American Goldfinch and Pine Siskins.

I was filling up the finch feeders almost every day.

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We were waiting for the migrants..

The birds that come for the summer and stay…

and those that just pass through on their journey north.

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The first feeder migrant and a local for the summer was the Indigo Bunting.

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We didn’t get as many as in the past.

This year I counted four males and one female at the feeders.

In the past we have had at least six males and four females.

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The second migrant and local summer bird was the Blue Grosbeak.

One male…and one immature male.

P1120460And then…one by one..

 

and two by two..

The Rose-breasted Piglets arrived…

I mean Grosbeaks.

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I had to keep adding and rearranging the feeder set up to accommodate six males and four females..

They didn’t like sharing the feeders..

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They liked the peanut butter suet I made.

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It was fun and colorful when all three birds were around..

Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo bunting and Blue Grosbeak

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As more grosbeaks arrived I put up more feeding platforms.

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The Pine siskin and Goldfinch left bit by bit along with most of the White-throated

sparrows. I was putting out less and  less finch food.

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In the video below you will see the  last feeder set up

Before all the Rose-breasteds packed up overnight a day ago…

and left….without even a goodbye..

 

Check it out..some great bird action!

 

The last few days have been slow at the feeders with the Rose-breasteds gone…

I took down the extra feeding platforms.

There are still plenty of Black and White Warblers around.

P1120866Gleaning insects from the trees..

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The Scarlet Tanager has been wooing a female and will probably set up house soon.

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I will miss all of that action..

As we have packed it up ourselves and heading north….

Trying to catch up the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.

Ohio here we come!

 

 

Here is a bird  list from one day at Sickstas home.

45 species total
Canada Goose
Black Vulture

 Turkey Vulture

Red-shouldered Hawk
Mourning Dove

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

 Pileated Woodpecker

Great Crested Flycatcher

White-eyed Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

 American Crow

Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

 Ovenbird

Black-and-white Warbler

Hooded Warbler

Cape May Warbler

Northern Parula

Yellow-rumped Warbler

 Chipping Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch

1 comments:

Chris Rohrer said...

What a beautiful day at the feeders!

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