Thursday, November 11, 2010

This might be the worst bird photo ever

...but I'm posting it anyway to give you an idea of the kind of activity in our yard the past few days. This was the scene 20 minutes ago.

Click on the image and then click on it again for a closer look. Of course there were more grosbeaks in the trees and at other feeding stations in the yard. Our yard has been teaming with grosbeaks since it snowed. There's up to 50 Evening Grosbeaks at a time and up to 10 Pine Grosbeaks. They hang around all day and pack down sunflower seeds like there's no tomorrow.

I did more than my fair share of staring out the window today. It's that kind of day. While I was staring, three Common Redpolls made a brief appearance. A dozen Bohemian Waxwings stopped by. And the regulars: Black-billed Magpies, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, Black-capped Chickadees, Gray Jays. And ravens. Can't forget the ravens.

I have no idea what this one was digging for.

Maybe I should take it as a hint.

Tis the season! Project FeederWatch starts on November 13.


carin said...

I'm envious of your staring-out-the-window day. They're the best.

Brenda Schmidt said...

They are! And it usually leads to something!

Unknown said...

I covet that feeder station!

When the Evening Grosbeaks come, do they intimidate the others. That's what happens at my cousin's place at White Swan. A big flock of EVGRs will swoop in and everything else leaves.

Brenda Schmidt said...

Ya, same here. When the Evenings are feeding the others head to the suet and peanut feeders which are located a good ways away. The Pines, on the other hand, seem to get along with everyone.