Feeder Birds

Sitta carolinensisThis White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) kept flaring its wings in an attempt to scare off an implacable Mourning Dove taking up under half of the feeder space. Zenaida macrouraThis is another one of those doves, Zenaida macroura.Junco hyemalisDark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis): the woods were not full of these birds this winter without a winter. No need for them to come further south. Still, there were some, and their tittering, just at the edge of hearing often, was a thrill.Agelaius phoeniceusA first year male Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) isn’t completely in adult plumage.Agelaius phoeniceusThere were few Red-wingeds around, but they were not vocalizing and seemed pretty chill with each other. These may be birds that never headed south in the fall. After all, this feeder looks well-tended. (Nice scaly lizard feet here, no?)Spizella arboreaThis Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina), on the other wing, is sporting its fresh breeding plumage. Urp! This is actually an American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea). Much brighter red than a Chipping, gray not white between the eyeline and the cap. Note also the bicolored bill, darker on top. Thanks to Twitter follower Cathy for the correction.

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