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


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. Adventures.. Posted by Bryn Ramjoue at Red Butte Garden.