February has flown by! 2-28-22

February 28, 2022  •  1 Comment

 

February is the shortest month and we've now gained 1 hour and 45 minutes of daylight.

 

2-24-22 Yellow-rumped Warbler2-24-22 Yellow-rumped Warbler 2-12-22 Brown Creeper2-12-22 Brown Creeper

 

The Yellow-rumped Warbler and sometimes two Brown Creepers are still being seen every day.

 

2-19-22 Carolina Chickadee with deformed leg2-19-22 Carolina Chickadee with deformed leg 2-20-22 White-breasted Nuthatch with broken tip of upper mandible2-20-22 White-breasted Nuthatch with broken tip of upper mandible

 

There have been some tough, cold and icy days for birds like the Carolina Chickadee with its deformed leg and the White-breasted Nuthatch with the crossed bill. The nuthatch has broken the upper mandible and still hammers away at the peanut feeder to get food. I wonder how this one will feed young successfully.

  2-18-22 American Robin2-18-22 American Robin

 

Two American Robins have been coming onto the deck for bits of mealworms and bark butter. They both want to be first on their breeding territories. This one was soaking up a bit of warmth from the fountain on a very cold morning. 

  2-25-22 Rusty Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds and Red-winged Blackbird2-25-22 Rusty Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds and Red-winged Blackbird

 

A very large mixed flock of blackbirds came in on Friday, 2-25. It was a dark day, but I was enjoying the rich variation in the plumage of all these birds. (When you see browns and blacks, make the most of it!) I estimated 50 Rusty Blackbirds and if you study this first photo, you'll see four Brown-headed Cowbirds in the right foreground. There were ten cowbirds that I counted under the south feeders at one point, the most I've seen at once. 

 

2-25-22 Rusty Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds and Red-winged Blackbird2-25-22 Rusty Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds and Red-winged Blackbird

 

Notice the Red-winged Blackbird just in front of the branch? It was the only one in this large flock that I could find.

 

2-25-22 Rusty Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbirds2-25-22 Rusty Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbirds

 

Two Brown-headed Cowbirds joined a Rusty Blackbird to drink at the bubbler.

  2-25-22 Red-winged Blackbird2-25-22 Red-winged Blackbird

 

The Red-winged Blackbird also came in for half a dozen sips of water. This brought the Bubbler count up to 34 species for the year. I also saw a House Sparrow at the feeder, briefly, before the birds all lifted away. We're now at 44 species for the year, highest count at this point that I've documented since 2011 when I started making annual lists for myself and my two friends, Connie and Wally. They both usually get more species than I do, but the variety between the three of us is quite amazing. 

 

2-24-22 Dark-eyed Junco Slate-colored form2-24-22 Dark-eyed Junco Slate-colored form 2-25-22 Dark-eyed Junco Oregon form2-25-22 Dark-eyed Junco Oregon form

 

In this last icy storm, we also have seen some slate-colored Dark-eyed Juncos which are typical, as well as the Oregon form of Dark-eyed Juncos. Note the dark hood, chestnut brown back and buff-brown flanks.

 

2-21-22 American Crow2-21-22 American Crow

 

American Crows have been coming to drink after grabbing a bit of bark butter off the trees. They will forage in the leaves in the woods, too. I think these birds have a harder time now that we're all using bins for our trash instead of bags.
 

  2-25-22 American Goldfinch2-25-22 American Goldfinch 2-25-22 Eastern Bluebird2-25-22 Eastern Bluebird

 

American Goldfinches are beginning to get brighter yellow plumage, and the dominant Eastern Bluebird is stunning. Birds are definitely thinking 'spring' as they chase off other males.

  2-25-22 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker2-25-22 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2-25-22 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker2-25-22 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2-25-22 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker2-25-22 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

 

The juvenile Yellow-bellied Sapsucker has been seen on several days. On Friday, it chased off another male, which was new for the year.

 

2-25-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch M12-25-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch M1 2-25-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch M22-25-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch M2 2-25-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch F12-25-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch F1 2-25-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch F22-25-22 Red-breasted Nuthatch F2

 

That Friday storm also brought in two more Red-breasted Nuthatches! I saw three birds at one time as they waited to get on the feeder, then the lighter pair waited together on the same branch a bit later. The pair that have been here all winter are richer in color, and I call them M1 and F1; the new pair are lighter in color, M2 and F2. So, the photos in order are M1, M2, F1 and F2.

 

Just like the birds, aren't we all ready for Spring???

 

ps. As I went to post this, I saw that we have crossed a milestone with over 100,000 visitors to our website! 

Thank you all for visiting!

 

 


Comments

JA Funk(non-registered)
Who were the "black" birds that flew in GREAT flocks about a month ago ? They landed in trees and on the ground, foraged then flew away together. Haven't seen them lately. So enjoy the sweet, colorful small birds ! Jean Ann
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