Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Adding to the List

photo by Mark Schmitt

So I noted a few more additions are in the hopper. House finches and goldfinches are coming in for thistle and sunflower seeds. It's neat seeing the red house finches, the gold finches, and a blue jay all at the feeder at one time. I've never before seen so many, either. We've got 4 pair of goldfinches and at least 10 house finches.

I also just spotted a Northern Flicker. They're bigger, noisy woodpecker-like birds, but they're pretty.

The real shocker, though, was seeing the pair of Great Blue Herons flying overhead. We really aren't close to much potential habitat. I'll take it. I continue to be amazed at the bio diversity of our little city lot.

Update: The Kestrels are coming around a bit less. The 4 young ones are apparently straying farther away looking for food. We got the pleasure of watching them in the back yard for a couple weeks as they learned from their parents, as well as noisily begged for bits of whatever critter they were eating. They'll be a lot more quiet as they become more self sufficient. I have to say we really got a lot out of watching them.

The list so far:

Canadian Geese
Mallard Ducks
Turkey Vultures
Red Tailed Hawk
White-footed Mice
Mourning Dove
Rock Dove
Downy Woodpecker
European Starlings (invasive)
English Sparrows (invasive)
Chimney Swifts
Blue Jay
Garter Snakes
Carolina Wren
Brown Thrasher
American Kestrel
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
Mocking Bird
Tree Swallow
House Finch
Great Blue Heron
Northern Flicker
Humming bird
Sharp-shinned Hawk (or perhaps a Cooper's Hawk)

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