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So what birds are at your feeders and in your backyard today? Here is my list in Upstate South

dreherdreher Member Posts: 8,749 ✭✭✭✭

Carolina this cold wet morning. These were what I saw from my kitchen window in about 20 minutes.

Blue Jay, Wild Canary, (Yes I know they aren't Wild Canarys but my Momma told me that yellow bird was a Wild Canary about 70 years ago. That means that yellow bird is a Wild Canary!! End of discussion!!😁)

Cardinal, Chickadee, Chipping Sparrow, Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Mockingbird, Purple Finch, Tit Mouse.

Yesterday I saw a Common Redpoll. I almost never see a Redpoll. It is probably down from Northern Quebec.

These were at my feeders, in my trees and a few were seen on the ground in my backyard in about a 20 minute period this morning. So what's in your feeders and in your backyards today??

Please put in where you are from so we can all see the different birds from different parts of the country!!


  • Ruger4meRuger4me Member, Moderator Posts: 3,272 ******

    Texas, a couple sparrows and my chickens along with some does...

  • Merlinnv12Merlinnv12 Member Posts: 1,142 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 6

    Here in NE Washington, we get Chickadees, White breasted Nuthatches, Red Breasted Nuthatches, Purple Finches, Gold Finches and a few Stellers Jays (which I caught and relocated). Saw a Short-Eared Owl snag a finch one time. A Coopers Hawk eyeballing but not trying to catch anything That is a problem with the feeders but that’s nature! We recently bought a feeder with a wifi camera that we can watch the activity on our phones. Kinda fun…..

    “What we’ve got here, is, failure to communicate.”
  • Rocky RaabRocky Raab Member Posts: 14,064 ✭✭✭✭

    I have a huge flock of yellow warblers at mine, with a few house finches, the occasional bully of a magpie and two brazen European collared doves. Have a bunch of ground-feeding dark-eyed juncos. Have seen a red-breasted nuthatch recently. A pair of downy woodpeckers visit. Have not seen my red-shafted flickers this year yet.

    I buy Walmart's Sunflower chips, which are ground sunflower seeds with no hulls. No hull mess, and the birds absolutely devour them. The warblers also like African thistle seeds.

    I may be a bit crazy - but I didn't drive myself.
  • NeoBlackdogNeoBlackdog Member Posts: 16,472 ✭✭✭✭

    We've had White Breasted Nuthatches and Mountain Chickadees this morning. The other day we had a pair of Canadian Jays hanging out and had a Pileated WP come visit for a bit.

  • asopasop Member Posts: 8,889 ✭✭✭✭

    Got home late a few weeks ago and for some reason turned the outside light on near our feeder. There was a flying squirrel at the feeder!!

  • bullshotbullshot Member Posts: 14,242 ✭✭✭✭

    We have Painted buntings (male & female), Cardinal, Chickadee, Tit Mouse, Blue Jay, Doves (two types), Woodpecker, Thrasher and yesterday we had a huge Red Shoulder Hawk eyeballing the squirrels.

    "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you"
  • BrookwoodBrookwood Member, Moderator Posts: 13,185 ******

    I need @He Dog to help me identify some of these!

  • Rocky RaabRocky Raab Member Posts: 14,064 ✭✭✭✭

    I dearly love seeing my birds, but boy oh boy are they messy. And about once a week, one of them will fly into a window. Most of those recover after a while and fly off, but some get killed.

    One way I've found to cut down on the mess and waste was to wire an old frisbee to the bottom of my feeder. It catches most of what they rake out and gives more space for them to land.

    I may be a bit crazy - but I didn't drive myself.
  • dreherdreher Member Posts: 8,749 ✭✭✭✭

    Brookwood, those are American Gold Finches. I'm surprised that one male is showing that much yellow this early.

    Also known as Wild Canarys!! See the second paragraph of the original post!!

  • dreherdreher Member Posts: 8,749 ✭✭✭✭

    I should have added these finches are wearing their winter coloration. Come spring the males will be bright yellow, thus the name Wild Canarys!!

  • dreherdreher Member Posts: 8,749 ✭✭✭✭

    I was standing at my kitchen window looking at my feeders before going to church and in flew a Red Headed Woodpecker!!

    Thank You Lord!! I only rarely see Red Headed Woodpeckers, like once every few years but I commonly saw them 30 years ago when I lived in Ohio. The Red Heads, Woodpeckers or women have always been some of my favorites!!😁

  • Lady Rae Lady Rae Member Posts: 1,847 ✭✭✭✭

    We also love our bird feeder. Today we had every kind of sparrow, Eurasian doves, a couple of Stellar Jay's. The Robins line are fence to feed on the red berries and once we Had Lucy's Warbler living in our rose out front one year and we came home to the head Ornithologist scouting out our house... At least it wasn't the FBI. Lucy brought a mate one year, you always knew her because she was looking for bugs. What's amazing is that they don't even live here but she came back for several years...

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    John Adams

  • Lady Rae Lady Rae Member Posts: 1,847 ✭✭✭✭
  • NeoBlackdogNeoBlackdog Member Posts: 16,472 ✭✭✭✭

    As I exited the barn yesterday after morning chores I had a Bald Eagle fly over. He was only about 15' above my head and he flew right over me and then right past the house, could've pooped on the deck!

  • bullshotbullshot Member Posts: 14,242 ✭✭✭✭
    "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you"
  • hillbillehillbille Member Posts: 14,090 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 8

    I got a bag of cardinal feed last fall at wally world, and I have to say the title was right at any given time the feeder would have maybe a dozen or more cardinals on it, and the only other birds to eat it were the little finches that look like canaries. the doves will wander around the ground under the feeder picking up what is scraped out but don't seem to eat out of the feeder itself, same with the bluejays, doesn't make sense they eat it off the ground but not out of the feeder itself......

    all this after going to war with the squirrells, shot at enough of them they got gun shy when they heard the storm door open for the back porch, so had to do some engineering on the feeder to keep em out, some sheet metal in the right place and a big umbrella shaped hunk of plastic on the pole has made them give up for now....

  • dreherdreher Member Posts: 8,749 ✭✭✭✭

    When I was doing my bunny work just now a Carolina Wren was flitting around close to where I was working. The Carolina Wrens are very pretty, very interesting birds. Just as I was getting ready to come in I heard a bunch of scuffling noises in the leaves, I froze and in a minute, sure enough, out popped a Brown Thrasher.

    The Brown Thrasher is very reclusive. I often see them quickly from a distance but rarely see them for more than a couple of seconds and never close up. This Thrasher was very busy and didn't see me and worked almost up to me. I've seen them this long and well in the past but never very often.

    Thrashers have long beaks that they use in old dead leaves, making sweeping motions with their long beaks, moving the leaves around hunting for bugs. They are surprisingly noisy when doing this.

    You just gotta love any bird whose diet is mostly bugs!!😁

  • discusdaddiscusdad Member Posts: 11,417 ✭✭✭✭

    just about 70 California quail, with a small flock of Eurasian Doves, some grackles, and a Western Magpie or 2. then the insane squirrels go after the black sunflower seeds. then the 2 domestic rabbits hop in and pick up some scraps. the quail do 2 runs for food.

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