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Monday, February 20, 2012

Great Back Yard Bird Count

This was my first year participating in the event. It was fun. I counted for about 2 and one half hours today. I was hoping that the red-bellied woodpecker would make an appearance and indeed he made a brief visit to the suet feeder. In all I had 9 different species: 43 house sparrows, 1 white-throated sparrow, 10 mourning doves, 8 rock doves, 2 starlings, 2 northern cardinals, 1 red-bellied woodpecker, 4 house finches and1 herring gull flying over. These are my regulars. Not bad for a little Brooklyn, NY backyard.
This isn't the clearest picture of the woodpecker but this is the beauty that has been visiting my suet feeder all winter. Below him are my other regulars from another day - a snowy day
Red-bellied Woodpecker

White-throated sparrow

female Northern Cardinal

That's right I'm looking at you

male Northern Cardinal