Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Feederwatch, week 9

Okay, everyone say it with me: "Brrrrrrr!" Wow, was it cold this weekend! It got down as low as 1°F right around 8am on Sunday, with a high of 30° sometime Sunday afternoon. We also had about 5" of snow on the ground.

We got a couple of new species at the feeders this weekend, presumably as a result of the snow cover and cold temps. The American Tree Sparrow made its debut showing for this season, and my beloved Eastern Towhee finally made an appearance. Since my first sighting of the Towhee on Sunday I've been seeing them around the neighborhood more frequently. Hooray!

Got lots of photos of various birds eating homemade suet dough this weekend, more of which I'll share in a future post. The Titmice love the stuff, but not all of them were as piggy as this one!

This picture cracks me up - it's as if the Titmouse is claiming the dish and its contents as HIS!

Blue Jay showing me the best view I'm gonna get

My feeder watching will be reduced by a day this coming weekend due to the fact that we'll be spending our daylight hours at the Wilds on Saturday for the Wilds Winter Extravaganza (sponsored by the Ohio Ornithological Society). I look forward to spending time with fellow Ohio birders and hope to add some new birds to the life list (keeping my fingers crossed for a Golden Eagle or a Horned Lark - or both!). And I hope that going some place different will get me out of the funk that has got me down after all of these cold, grey days, despite my best efforts to keep the funk at bay.

Birdy roll call for weekend of 1/9/10-1/19/10
Mourning Dove31
Red-bellied Woodpecker1
Downy Woodpecker2
Blue Jay2
Carolina/Black-capped Chickadee5
Tufted Titmouse5
White-breasted Nuthatch2
Carolina Wren2
Eastern Towhee1
American Tree Sparrow2
Song Sparrow4
White-throated Sparrow4
Dark-eyed Junco4
Northern Cardinal5
American Goldfinch11

Happy birding!


Ginnymo said...

Brrrrrrrrr!! I will be so happy when it warms up Thursday so I can go out and get some supplies. I just love those pictures of the little Titmouse. Ha! They are so cute and these photos show their personality very well. Love the behind shot of that BlueJay also!! Enjoy your little trip!

NW Nature Nut said...

Love the piggy Titmouse. He looks like he is pulling the bowl closer so he can shovel the suet dough in! Remember to take your Vit D...it keeps the winter blues away ;)

KaHolly said...

I'm observing titmice (?) while I'm visiting here in Central Maine and they are a riot, not to mention a very handsome bird! They love that homemade suet, don't they?

Meg said...

Brrrr, indeed! Though, as I write this comment the SUN is actually SHINING! I sat in a chair down at the barn today and soaked up some rays in the hopes my body will make vitamin D while the sun shines! Got to watch the little birds (sparrrows of a sort I cannot name) pecking around for seeds in the hay. So, even without a feeder, I am feeding them! Have a fabulous time at The Wilds!

Heather said...

Ginny - It's supposed to warm up on Thursday here, too. Can't wait!

Michele - Got to see a little sunshine today, and that helped quite a bit!

Karen - Yes, titmice are very funny - very big personalities. They were the number one customer at the suet dough dish.

Meg - I know, the sun, the SUN! Soaking up the rays and watching the birdies eat... that's the life.

RuthieJ said...

Gotta love those titmice! I keep hoping I will see some in my backyard again this winter.

Kelly said...

...it has been crazy cold, but it's warming up today they say--yesterday it was 35 and felt like a heat wave! I wish I could make it to the Wilds, but there is no way I can get away over the weekend. I really wanted to go too... well...there's always next year!

Heather said...

Ruthie - Wow, you don't have titmice in your yard? Awww... I'll send a few of mine your way!

Kelly - I'm sorry you won't be able to make it to the Wilds. There's some other bird stuff going on there over the next few months... I'll email you about it. (P.S. Yes, the 35-40-degree temps definitely feel like a heat wave!)