All Photos posted on this blog unless otherwise noted were taken by me with my Canon Rebel XTI using a 300 mm zoom lens

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Thank Heavens for Backyard Feeders

It's been more than a month since I had any time to go birding and the last time was with a group of Boy Scouts working on their Bird Study Merit Badge. Here are a few of my backyard visitors.



American Goldfinch and Pine Siskin










Black-capped
Chickadee






European Starling

 

Spotted Towhee










Dark Eyed Junco Oregon Race



 
Dark Eyed Junco Slate Colored Race











Downy Woodpecker











Northern Flicker Red-shafted









House Finch












Western Scrub Jay












California Quail










Eurasian Collared Dove











Sharp-shinned Hawk














I just realized that I have no pictures of the most common visitor to my backyard feeders, the House Sparrow. Mark Stackhouse once said while guiding us on a tour of Deseret Ranch that many birders fail to list birds like house sparrows, rock pigeons and starlings because they are all so common. I guess it's true. 

1 comment:

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We agree. At Red Butte Garden there is a kids class about cold weather feathered friends talking about feeding birds, noticing the great variety in the Garden and making natural feeders for the resident birds. Feb. 13th 10 a.m. www.redbuttegarden.org/Garden Adventures.. Posted by Bryn Ramjoue at Red Butte Garden.