Mid-November already! 11-15-22

November 15, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

 Fall Color was beautiful but leaves have fallen away after several nights below freezing. 

 

11-7-22 ":Blue Muffin" Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum x Blue Muffin)11-7-22 ":Blue Muffin" Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum x Blue Muffin)

 

"Blue Muffin", an Arrowood Viburnum cultivar, peaked a few days ago. It was stunning!

 

 

On 11-9-22, a female Cloudless Sulphur butterfly sipped nectar from the last blooms of the Black and Blue Salvia.

 

11-5-22 Barred Owl11-5-22 Barred Owl

 

One of the resident Barred Owls rested the whole day in the woodland. Around 4:00 pm, Blue Jays and other birds gave it a hard time for waking up!

 

11-8-22 American Robins at American Beautyberry11-8-22 American Robins at American Beautyberry

11-5-22 Eastern Bluebird  at American Beautyberry11-5-22 Eastern Bluebird at American Beautyberry

11-7-22 Eastern Bluebird  at American Beautyberry11-7-22 Eastern Bluebird at American Beautyberry
 

 

American Beautyberry is still feeding thrushes like American Robins and Eastern Bluebirds. 

 

11-7-22 Eastern Bluebird11-7-22 Eastern Bluebird 11-7-22 Eastern Bluebird11-7-22 Eastern Bluebird

 

The bluebirds also spend time hawking insects in the leaves, perching occasionally for a better vantage point.


11-7-22 FOS Hermit Thrush11-7-22 FOS Hermit Thrush

 

The first Hermit Thrush of fall was detected early in the morning by the Haikubox and I finally saw it later at the bubbler. It has moved on.

 

11-8-22 FOS Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in near-adult plumage11-8-22 FOS Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in near-adult plumage 11-10-22 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker11-10-22 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 11-10-22 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  immature11-10-22 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker immature 11-10-22 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  immature11-10-22 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker immature

 

Several Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers have been seen. A near-adult plumaged male chased the immature bird. (last three photos) That day, there was yet one more that escaped my camera. This bird easily disappears into the oaks.

 

11-11-22 American Robins11-11-22 American Robins
 

There must have been at least 50 robins here on 11/11/22. They dominated the bubbler and basin for most of the morning.

 

11-11-22 Cedar Waxwing11-11-22 Cedar Waxwing 11-11-22 Cedar Waxwings11-11-22 Cedar Waxwings

 

Cedar Waxwings! The second photo shows a young bird with an adult. The robins moved on and these finally had a chance to get to the water.

 

11-11-22 12 Cedar Waxwings11-11-22 12 Cedar Waxwings 11-11-22 Cedar Waxwings11-11-22 Cedar Waxwings

11-11-22 Cedar Waxwings

 

Cedar Waxwings, they squabble, then settle. What gorgeous birds they are!

 

11-11-22 Northern Cardinal immature11-11-22 Northern Cardinal immature

11-11-22 Blue Jay11-11-22 Blue Jay
 

Some of the usual suspects are seen regularly. Young Northern Cardinals and Blue Jays approach differently. Blue Jays always squawk!
 

11-11-22 Song Sparrow11-11-22 Song Sparrow

11-11-22 Black-capped Chickadee11-11-22 Black-capped Chickadee

 

A Song Sparrow shows up once in a while but the Chickadees are here every day. Now, which chickadee is it? Black-capped or Carolina? Therein lies the issue. I will take that up another time! 

 

11-11-22 American Goldfinch eating Cliff Goldenrod seed11-11-22 American Goldfinch eating Cliff Goldenrod seed
 

American Goldfinches are often seen in the garden eating purple coneflower seeds, but now I see them wherever Cliff Goldenrod (Solidago drummondii) is planted, under the feeders and along the driveway. Today, I stepped out the back door and six flew up from a patch. They are a Native Keystone perennial, supporting 97 moth and butterfly species. In the fall and winter, seeds feed the birds.

 

  11-11-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch11-11-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch

11-11-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch11-11-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch

11-11-22 Yellow-rumped Warbler11-11-22 Yellow-rumped Warbler

 

We seem to have two Red-breasted Nuthatches again for the winter. They are delightful to hear and see every morning. A Yellow-rumped Warbler comes in to drink and take a quick splash bath. 


11-11-22 FOS Red-winged Blackbird11-11-22 FOS Red-winged Blackbird

 

Our FOS Red-winged Blackbird showed up on 11/11/22 as well. It was in among 150 or so Common Grackles. That really was a busy day!

  11-11-22 Common Grackle11-11-22 Common Grackle

 

As you can see, birds like this Common Grackle really do get "into" the bubble! The Bubbler is now into its 23rd year of attracting birds.

 

 

It is mid-November. Deer are roaming the neighborhood, bucks following does. It is also time to prepare for the holidays.

Candles brighten these darker days in our home. We wish you all a warm and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 


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