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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Still Identifying Friends

A fairly new visitor to the backyard is what I believe to be a Yellow-rumped Warbler. Sooo cute !
He likes my homemade suet.
Trying out this bluebird feeder cage for suet to see if it deters the Starlings. sorta works. Cage just makes it harder for them since the holes are so small.

Didn't know who these guys were until I went to Gardenweb Bird forum for help.
I was told they're female Brown-headed Cowbirds. Who would have guessed?
Looks nothing like the male Cowbird. At first thought they were House Sparrows.

When I captured them together you can definitely tell the difference.
Both girls are in the center. Big difference !
What's with all the female birds not being as attractive as the "DUDES" ???

Juvenile Red-winged Blackbird. Thanks for that ID Cameron.

Not too many of these Grackles so far this year.

Don't get to see this one too often...
maybe because of the abundant aggressive birds.
Tufted Titmouse

Why is it that the pretty birds are so few ?
Like this White breasted Nuthatch.
I think when it stays cold for awhile we'll be seeing more varieties.
Today it was 56 f or 13 c. It should be about 40 degrees.


  1. Patsi,

    The Warbler is really beautiful! I don't have that one on my list. The Tufted Titmouse are plentiful here. They're just so cute and sweet like the Chickadees.

    Last night I had a dream where five hummingbirds landed on me. Wonder what that means?


  2. Cameron,
    Our cute birds of plenty are Junco and White throated Sparrows. At least so far.
    Dreaming about hummingbirds "suggest that seemingly small ideas and concepts can possess much potential and power" or so says I think it just means you have a sunny outlook on life !

  3. Dang the luck, if that Tufted Titmouse had his head turned towards you even a tiny bit more that photo would have been AH MAZE ING! I love that photo anyway, but the uncooperative bird ruined a real winner for you there, otherwise I'd be encouraging you to make prints of it and sell it on Etsy. The way you got those pine branches and the light in that photo, wow. It's so soft despite the "sharpness" of that kind of tree. It's the kind of photo I keep hoping to get for my own Christmas cards.

    That vivid blue bird, my gods, you have Grackles that look that gorgeous? Wow!

    I'm not surprised male birds are more attractive. I've always felt men were really rather more attractive than women anyway. Sure, our bodies are more sleek and pleasing to the eye while we're still young and fit but, with most of us, time, stress, and babies takes its toll. Take off all our makeup and take our hair products from us and we really pale in comparison to men. I'm just glad that men haven't figured this out.

  4. Homemade suet for the birds, my kinda' gal, Patsi. No wonder you have so many discerning palate visitors! Regarding female birds not being as attractive as the 'DUDES' ... 'DUDETTES' have been blessed with the brains! Great photos ...

  5. I don't think I've seen that warbler before. I will have to keep an eye out. I do have tons of tufted titmice and chickadees. I am surprised you don't. Here is a trick for the titmice. I put out a tray of dry cat food on my porch or anywhere really that you can see, before you know the titmice and bluejays will empty it out. They also like dog food, but the cat food morsels are smaller. I've only done the dried stuff though. I think they get protein from it. Try it and see if it'll work for you up there.

  6. Great photos! I love the warbler. I've never seen one, they don't come this far north. I used to get a lot of cowbirds when I was feeding millet. They don't seem to care for sunflower seed so I haven't seen any this year. All our summer grackles and redwinged blackbirds must be spending the winter with you;)

  7. Great photos. I hope those cowbirds clear out before spring. Hopefully i can get all of our feeders rearranged this week and start cataloging our visitors. There just doesn't seem to be enough daylight.

    Happy New Year!

  8. Love the little warbler! I got a quick lesson here..thanks! I just photographed a Pileated Woodpecker! Next post. I enjoyed all of your photos here!

  9. Hi Patsi, Your bird photos are wonderful. I get all the birds you've posted but I don't think I've yet seen a yellow-rumped warbler or red winged blackbird. I think the colorful ones are more noticeable either when the weather is cold (here, the cardinals, bluebirds and bluejays all hang out when it's really cold); and, in the summer, when the gold finches molt and become a really brightyellow). I need to post more of my bird photos. Most of them are in my files waiting to have somebody do something with them:) Hope you have a happy new year! Jan

  10. Genie,
    I'll keep trying to get a good picture...maybe by the end of winter. Sunshine is a key. Most of the time I can only shoot at 1/80 to 1/100 of a second because there isn't enough sunlight so if the birds don't stay still I'll get a blurry picture. Don't get me started on men !
    Dudettes rule !
    I may try the cat food. I wonder if it will attract more starlings or blackbirds.
    Wish I could get them to another part of the yard so the little guys could feed.
    Hmmm sunflower seed. We'll get more of that.
    That's great that your cataloging the birds. I think you can see what you submitted to Feederwatch after the season is over,which would be another record. We need a another feeder or two. For me to see clearly they have to be close to a window,but you already know that because that's what Feederwatch tells you to do.
    Never seen that kind of woodpecker...will be looking for your post.
    Glad you enjoyed the photos. Get those pics on a post!
    Happy New Year !

  11. I love Yellow-Rumped Warblers. We get them by the dozen eating Wax Myrtle berries.

    The grackle photo is outstanding.

  12. Patsi, You are providing me with the close-ups I wish I could get myself. But, all in good time. :-) Happy New Year!!

  13. Hi Patsi,
    Love your bird photos. Your yellow-rumped warbler is very cute. We don't get any of the others except the titmouse which are abundant here. So fun to observe the flying critters and their adoring habits.

  14. I love bird watching. The most prolific birds around here are hawks that seem to keep most other kinds...except bay. They are fun to watch catch the updrafts coming of the floor of our little valley! Great photos, Kim

  15. Sweet Bay,
    You're so lucky to get so many Warblers.
    I don't believe they're all that common in NJ.
    A good close up is really hard to get. Don't have enough time in the morning to take pictures so I have to wait for my days off. :(
    So glad you're enjoying the photos. If you can't garden, this is a great way to spend the winter.
    Another bird watcher ! Few Hawks in our neighborhood but when we do see them...Wow,amazing to watch.

  16. Hi Patsi, I adore all the bird shots, welldone, but the sweet little titmouse in the evergreens is wonderful. Good deal on the ID of the other birds too. The males did get the fashion colors and left the drabs for the females, probably to keep them safe on the nest? Hope 2009 is a wonderful year for you and yours!

  17. Hi there Patsi :-)

    Thanks for visiting my blog as now I found my way to yours! What a great selection of birds that visit your garden. I also loved seeing the tufted titmouse. Oh... but the expression on the nuthatch! In certain parts of Scotland the rarer (for the UK) crested titmouse can be seen. I have never seen it.

    Like you I have been learning how to ID the birds that visit my garden. Posting photos on forums of ones I have been stuck on sort any odd ones out :-D

    All the best for 2009 :-D

  18. Frances,
    Yes, I believe your right about the females being drab so they're not easy prey.
    But it still dosen't explain why the males are so colorful. Still doing my homework :)
    Hope you get to see that titmouse!
    Ours do like suet,if that's any help.


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