2008-10-21

I Really Should Let the Birds Have Their Part

House Finches on our deck bird feeder last winter; these guys are constant companions all year round.  I love the male's long and melodious song from high in the trees around us.
American Kestrel in one of our birch trees last winter; a pair showed up late last summer, stayed all winter and into the spring, then left early this summer.

This female Black Headed Gross Beak gave us a surprise visit last spring.  I had to photograph through a window to avoid disturbing her.

Chickadee with Pine Siskins at our feeder last spring; Chickadees are also constant year-round cheerful companions while Siskins arrive very intermittently and unpredictably.  When they are here, Siskins assertively boss the bigger House Finches but seem to get along quite peacefully with the Goldfinches.

Sometimes the House Finches just mob the feeder as last spring when they all seemed to have had very successful nesting and lots of kids.
Goldfinches visit all year round as well, though in smaller numbers and less frequently.  This pair joined the two adult and juvenile House Finches last spring.  I had not really noticed before but male Goldfinches are very variable in changing into their summer finery.  The first males in summer duds showed up in April last spring, yet others only just started changing in June.  I noticed some males in winter drabs in August, while others have only just now finished changing.