Saturday, December 4, 2010

Birds Spotted, 12/4/10

It's a beautiful day here at McBone Outpost #1211 (aka McBone Manor).  We awoke to a fresh blanket of snow--the first winter storm of the season.  Happily our feeders were brimming with seed, much to the delight of:

Cardinal
House sparrow
House finch
Carolina wren
Chickadee
Tufted titmouse
White-throated sparrow
Dark-eyed junco
Red-bellied woodpecker
White-breasted nuthatch
Blue Jay
Downy woodpecker
Goldfinch
Mourning dove
Gray fucking squirrel

Also spotted

Robin
Cedar waxwing
Yellow-bellied sapsucker (first time ever!)
Starling
American chicken:










nwb

9 comments:

Haley Poulos said...

This is very good!

Now come here and help me ID this owl. And leave my chickens alone.

McBone said...

Your chickens are safe...for now.

Have you seen the owl? Or only heard it?

nwb

Haley Poulos said...

Both, but I've seen it only under the cloak of nightfall. It's big and dark brown. Black highlights? I reckon it's a regular old barn owl. Lives in the cemetery next to my house, which makes it that much cooler.
One of my goals in life is to shoot (camera!) a snowy owl.
In the past few days from my living room window I've seen: bald eagles, pheasants, a few hawks, woodpeckers, and a million swallows, ducks and geese. Birds are so dang cool.

Slider K. Shaftacular said...

I have a 30 pound bounty hunter at my house who will gladly take care of your grey fucking squirrel problem for the right price.

McBone said...

Shaft, name your price, keeping in mind that the Sheffield Lake Girl off limits.

Haley, I saw a snowy owl once off the shore of Lake Erie. Even as a little kid I knew it was an incredible bird. Owls are so tough. Stupid nocturnalism.

Could be a great horned...they're really big owls. Next time you see it, check to see if it has horns.

nwb

Kid Shay said...

I don't know why you're so jealous of our hummingbirds. Seems like you've got an aviary worth of hollow-boned specimens.

McBone said...

One crummy hummingbird is all we get. I want more, more, MORE!

nwb

StevenLink said...

This is a plethora of birds. Cool. I never would have been able to identify a sapsucker.

I did hear and see Sandhill Cranes flying overhead today. Does that count? Nothing like their spring migration in Nebraska, but still good to hear their calls.

McBone said...

The sapsucker was great. I didn't recognize it at first, but it didn't quite look like the other woodpeckers we get.

Does that count? Heck yes! I had never seen nor heard of a sandhill crane before, but they look really cool to see them in my trusty Golden Guide. I'll have to keep my eyes open for them.

nwb