December! 12-1-21

December 01, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

December has arrived with a high temperature near 66 degrees for the day.

 

11-27-21 Dark-eyed Junco and Yellow-rumped Warbler11-27-21 Dark-eyed Junco and Yellow-rumped Warbler

 

A Dark-eyed Junco was told off by a female Yellow-rumped Warbler. Now, there's plenty of room, but some must make their case.

 

11-27-21 Blue Jay11-27-21 Blue Jay 11-27-21 White-throated Sparrow11-27-21 White-throated Sparrow

 

A Blue Jay squawks up a fuss when it comes in, as if to say, "Make way!" The White-throated Sparrow is a bit more shy.


11-27-21 American Robin, part of large flock11-27-21 American Robin, part of large flock 11-27-21 American Robin eating Blackhaw fruit11-27-21 American Robin eating Blackhaw fruit 11-27-21 American Robin grabbing Blackhaw fruit11-27-21 American Robin grabbing Blackhaw fruit

 

Another large flock of American Robins came in about 11:00 on Saturday, 11-27-21, and activity was non-stop until nearly sunset. That last robin has its third eyelid closed for protection. 


11-27-21 FOS Rusty Blackbird11-27-21 FOS Rusty Blackbird

11-27-21 FOS Yellow-bellied Sapsucker11-27-21 FOS Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

 

With the robins were some new arrivals. At least six Rusty Blackbirds were in the mix, foraging in the leaves. The first Yellow-bellied Sapsucker dropped in, too. This young male didn't hesitate in getting right to the water. Wonder how long it had been since it had a drink?

 

11-27-21 Brown Creeper11-27-21 Brown Creeper 11-27-21 Red-breasted Nuthatch11-27-21 Red-breasted Nuthatch 11-27-21 Red-breasted Nuthatch caching peanut11-27-21 Red-breasted Nuthatch caching peanut 11-27-21 Red-breasted Nuthatch caching peanut11-27-21 Red-breasted Nuthatch caching peanut

 

Two Brown Creepers and Red-breasted Nuthatches continue to be seen every day. The nuthatches follow their usual pattern shown by this female: grab a peanut, find a spot and cache it away for that cold day that's surely on the way.

 

11-27-21 Cedar Waxwing11-27-21 Cedar Waxwing 11-27-21 Cedar Waxwings11-27-21 Cedar Waxwings

11-27-21 Cedar Waxwings11-27-21 Cedar Waxwings
11-27-21 Cedar Waxwings11-27-21 Cedar Waxwings

 

The Cedar Waxwings have come down from the canopy several days, and they're a personal favorite.Their high pitched, "zee-zee-zee" call alerts me to their presence.

 

11-27-21 Cedar Waxwing eating Blackhaw fruit11-27-21 Cedar Waxwing eating Blackhaw fruit 11-27-21 Cedar Waxwing eating Blackhaw fruit11-27-21 Cedar Waxwing eating Blackhaw fruit 11-27-21 Cedar Waxwing eating Blackhaw fruit11-27-21 Cedar Waxwing eating Blackhaw fruit 11-27-21 Cedar Waxwing eating Blackhaw fruit11-27-21 Cedar Waxwing eating Blackhaw fruit 11-27-21 Cedar Waxwings eating Blackhaw fruit11-27-21 Cedar Waxwings eating Blackhaw fruit

 

Like the robins and bluebirds, the Cedar Waxwings love the fruit of the Blackhaw (Viburnum prunifolium), which has much more nutrition for them than the invasive bush honeysuckle berries. We've planted more of these shrubs, they are a surefire way to help the birds! What fun it is to watch them devouring the drupes.
 

11-27-21 FOS Rusty Blackbird11-27-21 FOS Rusty Blackbird 11-27-21 FOS Rusty Blackbird11-27-21 FOS Rusty Blackbird 11-27-21 FOS Rusty Blackbird11-27-21 FOS Rusty Blackbird

 

Rusty Blackbirds look for insects in the fallen leaves and also have been eating the flesh of the abundant acorns this year.

 

11-30-21 Cedar Waxwing11-30-21 Cedar Waxwing 11-30-21 Cedar Waxwing11-30-21 Cedar Waxwing 11-30-21 Cedar Waxwing11-30-21 Cedar Waxwing

 

More Cedar Waxwings, we'll take them!

  11-30-21 Northern Flicker and Downy Woodpecker, females11-30-21 Northern Flicker and Downy Woodpecker, females 11-27-21 Northern Flicker11-27-21 Northern Flicker

 

The Northern Flickers and Downy Woodpeckers are often at the Bubbler. The Downy waits its turn. What is the draw? Could it be that those sparkling sunbeams cast a mesmerizing spell?

 

12-1-21 Yellow-rumped Warbler12-1-21 Yellow-rumped Warbler

 

Today, a male Yellow-rumped Warbler was mid-canopy, foraging in the oaks. It flew in closer and investigated the area. Each day has been different, with as many as 27 species. Feeders are stocked and fresh water is available for the birds.

 

Happy December! 

 

 

 

 


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