Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Arrivals: Red-shouldered Hawk

Another timely arrival, this Red-shouldered Hawk perched along the roadside at the bottom of our fire route. The species nests in the area and we expect to see its courtship flights in the coming weeks.
The warmer weather also brought an influx of Mourning Doves.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Downy Woodpecker

The Downy Woodpecker is an infrequent visitor to the seed dispensing feeders, unlike the closely related Hairy Woodpecker.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

After the storm the pecking order was set aside

Here we have Evening Grosbeaks, Pine Grosbeaks and a Hairy Woodpecker. It isn't common for us to see both grosbeaks on the feeder at the same time. Typically, the Evening Grosbeaks displace the Pine Grosbeaks. After a prolonged, very heavy blizzard, these birds seemed more intent upon feeding.

Martha snapped this shot while I shoveled snow. Click on the image to see it at its best.