Parked at the window

I decided to take the morning “off” today, and move the LazyBoy (recliner, not me… although the name may apply to both) over to the window where I could watch the bird feeders in comfort. Given all the hoopla over winter finches in the Northeast, and the number of Pine Siskin sightings in New Jersey, smattering of Evening Grosbeak reports over PA and NJ, as well as the apparent irruption of Pine Grosbeaks and Bohemian Waxwings into upstate New York, I figured it might be a good idea to spend some time watching the birds in the backyard. So far nothing out of the ordinary, although the feeders are quite busy. Here’s the rundown so far:

American Goldfinch: 20 at any one time, decimating the nyjer seed as fast as I can fill it
Dark-eyed Junco: 5 at a time, both sexes and various ages
House Finch: 3, two males and one female
Tufted Titmouse
Chickadee Sp.
Northern Cardinal
Blue Jay
White-throated Sparrow (or Santa Claus Sparrow, ala Michelle Davis’s grandmother)

Not seen today, but seen over the last week:
Purple Finch: 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch: 2

Anyway… I’ve got a big cup of coffee and plenty of daylight to go…

Good Birding


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4 Responses to Parked at the window

  1. wendy malmid says:

    Well we struck out at home today. Still have no winter finches of any kind coming to our feeders. Did see one of the RB Nuthatches today after an absence of a few days. Beginning to think we just aren’t situated in a good location in Central NJ in Middlesex Co. Would like to be proven wrong!

    Time will tell I guess.

    Happy Thanksgiving

  2. Wendy

    Yeah… I hear ya! Later in the day we had 60+ American Goldfinches at one time! That was definitely the largest number I’ve ever seen in one place. While walking the dog we flushed an American Woodcock, and had a small owl fly by alongside a stand of red cedars… I’ll have to do a Saw-whet search once the weather clears later this week.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you (and everyone!) too!

  3. Sounds like NJ has our goldfinches. FeederWatch counts the last 2 days yielded NONE.
    Chickadees busy but missed the Pine Grosbeak today.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you.

  4. Mark says:

    Wanna be my bird ID guy?

    I have just started shooting birds….