Posted by: atowhee | June 17, 2014

LOOKIN’ OUT MY BACKDOOR

Action in the garden these cool, late spring days. Downy adult feeding young. The female fills her beak with suet then ferries it to the fledgling on the nearby branch. The White-breasted Nuthatches come in a group of three. Young Band-tailed Pigeons come with the flock, lacking only the white neck line but sporting the full BTP girth. Starlings have joined our community so now it is almost impossible to keep up with the suet demands even though we have three feeders.dowo logsdowo-eust
Red-breasted Nuthatch has not yet showed up with mate or young.
rbn looks down

Here is fledgling male Black-headed Grosbeak, feedin’ like pappa: bhg at suet

bhg eats

One pair of Lesser Goldfinches come daily for a variety of food, not just nyger seed. The male has a dark back that is almost black.

I will be teaching a class on baby birds, called “The Next Generation” in July. It’s sponsored by Ashland Park & Rec and will be at the North Mountain Park Nature Center. Click here to register. The lecture is on the 17th, field trip on 19th.

243 Granite Street, Ashland, Jackson, US-OR
Jun 17, 2014 7:30 AM. 16 species

Band-tailed Pigeon (Patagioenas fasciata) 6
Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2
Steller’s Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) 10
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 2
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 2
Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 1
Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) 2
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 2


Responses

  1. Looking out my patio door I see a turkey she looks up and sees me see her. Have you ever starred down a turkey? Not a pretty sight. She jumps off the edge. The young black headed grosbeak is getting used to the feeder. Dad keeps an eye out. The hummers suddenly share the feeder for a fle eting moment. Big eyes over there is nibbling on the grass path. He sees me see him and turns into a stone rabbit statue. Turns out these Jackrabbits are hares. Come into this life with fur and sight, unlike bunnies. Spotted towhee pup doesn’t have all her colors yet, but is a good eater. Dad flies up into the sunflower feeder for the gold it holds. Chickade es are back from pupping time.

    NO, NO oak titmice! Been gone birthing far too long. Do they go up to the mountains like the juncos? I want them back – NO W! What do you know about this my friend?

    m a


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