What is it with Hawks lately? We have had two visits from Coopers Hawks and one from the Sharp Shinned Hawk recently. Plus I was reading that Seth and Michelle from Portland Oregon Backyard Birds have had 40 or so visits from their local Sharpie, and I think two from the Coopers! Is it always like this? I have not yet been through the full cycle of Northwest birds yet so I don't know if it's just an easy meal because there are so many birds in winter? I don't know yet but as soon as summer comes I should know :-)
This morning we woke up to a Sharp Shinned Hawk on our fence. He went down on the ground Where the Sparrows roost. Then all of a sudden he spotted a Junco and attacked it. With swift moves the Junco darted over to a nearby tree. But the hawk was not done yet. He then Lunged himself at the Junco. Again with Swift Moves the Junco Escaped, (NICE JOB JUNCO!!!!!!! WELL DONE!!!!!!!). Then our Biggest ( probably around five pounds or so) Squirrel climbed up on the fence. I was going to get video of the Junco's escape, but my sister RAN over to the sliding glass door as fast as she could and scared away the hawk. ( I assured her that a little 10 inch Sharpie was less likely to fly off with a five pound squirrel then the hoard of birds on the patio right in front of him, not to mention the escape against one of our local Red Tailed Hawks the Squirrel had Back in October). "But I didn't want "Stanley" to get eaten". Okay it just means more birds on the Patio :-)
Finally! When I went on a walk in Greenway park I saw a big flock of Red Winged Blackbirds! I haven't seen a single Red Winged Blackbird since before we bought our house! They were perched up in a tree making their "coonkaree" sound to each other. I was beginning to think that back in June was the last time I was going to see one of those guys, but thankfully not!
Things have been pretty much the same in our yard, but the birds like the Squirrel Buster Mini so much that I have to fill it up almost every day! By about 10:00 AM, the feeder is picked clean by all the birds, (not the squirrels)!
Perfect timing on the Project Feeder Watch people's part. I just got my forms in today and on starting day too.
Have good, happy birding and if you signed up for PFW have a good time! Bye.
Aaah yes the yard is teeming with birds once again, Nuthatches, cute little Chickadees including those adorable, tiny little Chestnut backed Chickadees, Woodpeckers, Brown Creepers, the long lineup of winter Sparrows, Juncos, Kinglets, Bushtits, Towhees, Hummingbirds, first time new arrival a Yellow r....Hey! AAARG! you have got to be kidding!!
November backyard bird count as of Nov. 4:
1) American crow 2) American Goldfinch 3) Brown Creeper 4) Black Capped Chickadee 5) Chestnut Backed Chickadee 6) Scrub Jay 7) Gull (FO) 8) Coopers hawk 9) Downy Woodpecker 10) Hairy Woodpecker 11) Ruby Crowned Kinglet 12) Red Breasted Nuthatch 13) Bushtits 14) Spotted Towhee 15) Song sparrow 16) Bewick's Wren 17) Golden Crowned Sparrow 18) Junco 19) House Finch 20) Purple Finch 21) Lesser Goldfinch 22) Yellow Rumped Warbler 23) Canada Goose (FO) 24) Northern Flicker 25) Pine Siskin 26) Fox Sparrow 27) Anna's Hummingbird
P.S. I didn't see some of these birds until I got the Brome Squirrel Buster Mini for Only $26.99! Thanks Backyard Bird Shop!!!!! Bye.
WOW! What Fun!! Thanks Northwest Nature Nut for hosting the Great Bird Count of October! It was really fun counting all the birds and making new backyard and blogger friends! Are you doing this next year?
Thanks to everybody else for keeping me entertained all the way through October with your bird lists. I was checking almost every day to see what birds you were seeing at your house. It was great fun and I don't want it to be over.
Well, I signed up for Project Feeder Watch and it looks fun so I will be occupied with that :-)
When we wait for the PFW good luck and good birding. Cheers!