[cayugabirds-l] New yard bird

2018-11-09 Thread Carol Keeler
I didn’t think my backyard birding could get any better today, but it did.  I 
had this single “grackle” hanging around.  Eventually I realized it was too 
small for a grackle.  I thought, Rusty Blackbird?  So I looked it up in Sibley 
and yes, that’s what I have. It’s a new life list and yard bird for me.   I got 
pictures.  Just as I finished the Cooper’s hawk flew in after the birds. I 
don’t think it caught one.  I’d been watching about 8 Pine Siskins who finally 
found the nyger sock, 4 pairs of Cardinals, House Finches and Sparrows, 
Mourning Doves, Titmice, 10 Juncos,  and Chickadees.  I hadn’t seen the Siskins 
in several days.  The chickadees are just coming back in after the Cooper 
scare.  I tried to get a pic of Cooper in the crabapple but he flew.  Then a 
deer went through the back yard.  What a day!  I hope the Rusty Blackbird 
returns.

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[cayugabirds-l] A Wow Bird

2018-11-09 Thread Carol Keeler
It was a magic morning watching my birds at the feeders.  I had a White Crown 
Sparrow and  White Throated Sparrow which I hadn’t seen in quite a while.  I 
went out and through out more Sparrow food and came in to watch again.  A large 
bird the size of a mockingbird landed on the arbor.  My camera was , for once 
right in front of me,  so I began taking lots of pictures.  The bird wasn’t 
interested in the feeder .  It landed on the ground once.  I have mice and 
voles around the feeder.  It seemed more interested in the birds.  Most had 
left.  Well, when I got to examine the images closely I found out it was an 
immature first winter Northern Shrike!  I’ve never been that close to a Shrike 
before.  I’ve only seen adults.  Talk about making my day!  Now I just need 
some Evening Grosbeaks and Redpolls.  I live in a rural development.  Our lots 
are 2 acres or more and there is a farm across the road on route 20, so the 
habitat does work for these birds.  So exciting!


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