Saturday, October 18, 2008

Counting birds

The Northwest Nature Nut is counting birds. That is very timely for me, as I have gotten three new varieties of birds in the last three days. Woot! I know you can't see it in the picture, but the bird above is a House Finch. I have never seen this type of finch this close to my house, but I have seen a lot of Golden Finch here and at my Aunts house. I wish that I had gotten a better picture. But honestly, the darn chickadees chased him away! I hope he comes back.

This is the type of finch I saw. This picture is from a bird website.

So far, this October, I have seen all of my regulars, which include:
#1. Black capped Chickadees
#2. Chestnut Backed Chickadees
#3. Stellar Jays
#4. Scrub Jays
#5. Bushtits
#6. Robins
#7. Golden Finch
#9. Woodpeckers
#10. Humming Bird (but not for about two weeks)
#11. Cedar Waxwing
#12. Varied Thrush

This latest few were:
#13. House Finch (above)

I am not the bird collector Nut is, but at the same time, along with my bird collection, I have started to collect small critters and the neighbors cats as well. I have visitors all the time in my yard. The evenings esp, chickadees will be playing in my bird bath and coming over to the window feeder for a snack of Oil Sunflower Seeds right next to squirrels eating sunflower heads out of my fence feeder, right next to Stellar Jays (ie: the boldest bird in the world!) screaming at the cats and chasing them off my covered patio.

And of course, my resident birds... my chickens.

3 comments:

NW Nature Nut said...

Welcome to the GBC of October! I will add you to my list. You have a great list going so far. I am still hoping a Chestnut-backed Chickadee will come soon!

by Val said...

Thank you. That sounds like lots of fun. :)

I filled up my feeders and stuff last night. I didn't get any peanuts though... those suckers are spendy!

Val

nestof3 said...

I love when the Northern Flickers come to our feeder. They and red-bellied woodpeckers love pieces of cake as a treat. They seem very attracted by the white color.

We only see cedar waxwings in the spring during what I assume is their migration route, and then, they only use our bird bath. They are beautiful.

We're in the East, so we have different birds.

I need to start feeding them again, but we've also had a problem with rats -- I suppose the bird-feeding and composting make our yard very desirable.