Mid-November already! 11-14-21

November 14, 2021  •  2 Comments

 

It has been a beautiful fall and now, the winds of change are blowing!

 

10-25-21 Golden-crowned Kinglets10-25-21 Golden-crowned Kinglets 10-25-21 Golden-crowned Kinglet10-25-21 Golden-crowned Kinglet

 

Before Halloween, Golden-crowned Kinglets were enjoying the Bubbler. I saw another one yesterday. That golden crown becomes a fiery orange when males get excited. 
 

 

11-13-21 Late Ruby-crowned Kinglet11-13-21 Late Ruby-crowned Kinglet
11-13-21 Late Ruby-crowned Kinglet11-13-21 Late Ruby-crowned Kinglet

 

Yesterday, 11-13-21, it was a surprise to see a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, usually further south by the first week of November. This is a good opportunity to look at both the kinglets and notice their subtle differences.

 

11-10-21  Brown Creeper with insect11-10-21 Brown Creeper with insect 11-13-21 Brown Creeper11-13-21 Brown Creeper
 

A pair of Brown Creepers has been chasing each other around the trunks of trees as they scoop insects out of the bark.

 

11-12-21 Dark-eyed Junco11-12-21 Dark-eyed Junco 11-13-21 Dark-eyed Junco11-13-21 Dark-eyed Junco

 

There were so many birds here yesterday, at least two dozen Dark-eyed Juncos were feeding and drinking.

 

11-13-21 White-throated Sparrow11-13-21 White-throated Sparrow
 

I've been hearing White-throated Sparrows and finally, several came into view.

 

11-13-21 White-breasted Nuthatch11-13-21 White-breasted Nuthatch 11-13-21 White-breasted Nuthatch with crossed bill11-13-21 White-breasted Nuthatch with crossed bill

 

White-breasted Nuthatches were active yesterday. The second bird looks like it has a crossed bill upon closer inspection. That's unusual.

 

11-13-21 Red-breasted Nuthatch11-13-21 Red-breasted Nuthatch 11-13-21 Carolina Chickadee and Red-breasted Nuthatch11-13-21 Carolina Chickadee and Red-breasted Nuthatch 11-13-21 Carolina Chickadee chased off by Red-breasted Nuthatch11-13-21 Carolina Chickadee chased off by Red-breasted Nuthatch 11-13-21 Red-breasted Nuthatch11-13-21 Red-breasted Nuthatch 11-13-21 Red-breasted Nuthatch11-13-21 Red-breasted Nuthatch

11-13-21 Red-breasted Nuthatch11-13-21 Red-breasted Nuthatch

 

It looks like we may have a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches here for the season. The male has a black head and the female's is more of a steely blue. The female chased the male several times and was not having the chickadee on it's personal peanut feeder! Gotta love that tail! Both birds were totally focused on grabbing a peanut or seed and caching it in the bark of a nearby tree. Sounds like homesteading to me.

 

11-13-21 Yellow-rumped Warbler11-13-21 Yellow-rumped Warbler 11-13-21 Yellow-rumped Warbler female11-13-21 Yellow-rumped Warbler female

 

There also was a pair of Yellow-rumped Warblers at the Bubbler yesterday. The male is in the first photo, female in the second.


 

11-13-21 Eastern Bluebird11-13-21 Eastern Bluebird 11-13-21 Eastern Bluebird11-13-21 Eastern Bluebird 11-13-21 Eastern Bluebird11-13-21 Eastern Bluebird 11-13-21 Eastern Bluebird11-13-21 Eastern Bluebird 11-13-21 Eastern Bluebird11-13-21 Eastern Bluebird 11-13-21 House Finch, American Goldfinches and Eastern Bluebird11-13-21 House Finch, American Goldfinches and Eastern Bluebird 11-13-21 Eastern Bluebird pair11-13-21 Eastern Bluebird pair 11-13-21 Eastern Bluebird11-13-21 Eastern Bluebird 11-13-21 Eastern Bluebird11-13-21 Eastern Bluebird

 

We had another little thrill when the family of Eastern Bluebirds came in! The breeding pair survived the winter and had a brood, we've seen them occasionally. Yesterday was their first time at the Bubbler this fall. There were at least four males and two females. They sure brighten up the woodland on a gray day. It was non-stop activity with these and more birds for about 3 hours. Today, it's windy and they've been hunkered down.

 

Do check out the Halloween post in case you missed it.

Enjoy the last bit of fall color, and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Comments

Hummer Haven UnLtd.
Hi Linda!
So happy for you, they are a special, tiny bird. I had a great day on Saturday with 23 species, so many more than I’ve been seeing. Isn’t it fun?
Margy
Linda E Tatum(non-registered)
Thanks for these wonderful photos. They really help with identification.
I had a golden crown kinglet in my yard this week. Was thrilled but was not sure what it was. Your photos are better than my bird book's photos!
I'm happy to say that this week I've had all but about 3 of the birds you featured in your post.
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