Thursday, November 19, 2009

Adding to the List Again

We've actually been doing a lot around the house in recent weeks but we've not replaced the camera yet and hate using the old one, so it's not as much fun to blog (or read) about projects without visuals.

Suffice it to say, a LOT of trim has gone up and there are some great tips that Mrs. OrDie will be sharing. Also, last bits of trimming in the kitchen resulted in rehanging the cabinets. We'll get you pictures and share some tips on that, too, soon.

Today, however, I'm just documenting another few additions to our list.

The first is what I believe to be a Song Sparrow, non-descript and looking a lot like a house sparrow, safe for it's furtive ground dining behavior and the speckled breast...and, of course, the song. It's rather nice.

We can also add a tufted titmouse--actually more than one.

Then, today, we got to see what appeared to be a Coopers Hawk (I thought perhaps a Peregrine Falcon, but it seemed too brown) come through the trees scaring a dozen or so doves and then buzzing right overhead. Definitely too large for a Sharpshinned Hawk, I think.

It's very pleasing to see the increase in numbers and variety of native species since we've begun feeding and also controlling the sparrow numbers. It's gratifying.

The list so far:

Canadian Geese
Mallard Ducks
Turkey Vultures
Red Tailed Hawk
White-footed Mice
Grey Squirrels
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
Ruby-throated Humming Bird
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-headed Woodpecker
European Wall (Lazarus) Lizards
White Crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Tufted Titmouse
Cooper's Hawk