Four white-crowned sparrows are dining at our feeders this morning. It appears to be two males and two females, going purely on brightness and a bit of behavior (mild aggression between two brightest).
Also a female purple finch, song sparrows, chipping sparrow(s), downy and hairy woodpeckers, mourning doves (displacing white-crowns by waddling at them), bluejays and a pair of redwinged blackbirds. The female redwing is apparently seriously considering nesting in the iris that are tall and abundant in our swimmingpool-converted-to-pond. This morning the male apparent agrees on her choice and was displaying to her amidst the iris leaves. She looks young—little color to her face, quite stripy but dull. Protection from chipmunk predation will be the problem. Anne Anne B Clark 147 Hile School Rd Freeville, NY 13068 607-222-0905 anneb.cl...@gmail.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --