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
Bats
White-footed Mice
Squirrels
Opossum
Raccoon
Chickadees
Mourning Dove
Rock Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Robins
Junko's
Grackles
European Starlings (invasive)
English Sparrows (invasive)
Chimney Swifts
Blue Jay
Garter Snakes
Crows
Carolina Wren
Cardinals
Brown Thrasher
American Kestrel
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
Mocking Bird
Tree Swallow
House Finch
Goldfinch
Great Blue Heron
Northern Flicker
Humming bird
Sharp-shinned Hawk (or perhaps a Cooper's Hawk)

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