Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Backyard birds, as viewed from the breakfast nook.

Today's breakfast list of species:
Anna's Hummingbird (1) is still here.
Northern Flicker (3), enjoying the suet.

Dark-eyed Junco (about 8)
Spotted Towhee (1)
Song Sparrow (2)
House Finch (7)

Unlike Chickadees, who grab and dash, House Finches sit at the feeder and chow down for a while, until something larger or more aggressive chases them off.

List continued:

Black-capped Chickadee (more than 2)

European Starling (too many)

House Sparrow (1)

Northwestern Crow (oodles)

Then, a high-speed fly-through by an Accipiter, either Cooper's or Sharp-shinned Hawk, which sure put a damper on the party. One sees this now and then, a bird not even flapping, with wings held partly folded, flying straight, fast and level as if shot from a crossbow. These small hawks seem to lurk in the dense cedar hedges common in these parts, then shoot out (method of propulsion not yet determined) and either nab something small, or fire on past to disappear behind something large, in this case a neighbour's house, before you have a chance to say, "Look! It's some kind of Accipiter, either a Cooper's or Sharp-shinned Hawk!" or even, "Look! Accipiter sp.!"

There are the slower, terrestrial predators who also drop by. Today it was Spooky Cat, making a daytime appearance.

Mmmmmmm, Juncos.

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