January 16, 2017

A Black-and-white Warbler taking a bath in the bubbler this afternoon:

Black-and-white Warbler

Here’s Lefty, one of three male Northern Cardinals who come to our back-yard feeders.

Lefty, the one-footed Northern Cardinal

From the kitchen I caught sight of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and rushed outside to photograph it.  It promptly vanished.  While waiting for it to show up again, I spotted these two birds:

American Goldfinch

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Even though I have a feeder full of sunflower chips hanging up in the pergola, the American Goldfinches are not hitting it yet.   Instead, they pass through through my back yard, usually in mixed flocks with Eastern Bluebirds and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

A Yellow-rumped Warbler has been eating at both the mixed-nut feeder and the suet feeder.  It’s a tenacious, accommodating bird.  Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, and Northern Cardinals run it off the feeders, but it comes right back and finishes eating.  I’ve seen only one at the feeder at a time (and only one drinking at the bubbler at a time), but several of them have been in the woods behind the house.  They call a lot, sounding a bit like Northern Cardinals.

And while still waiting for the Ruby-crowned Kinglet to come back, I saw this pair of Bald Eagles soaring overhead.  Not every dark shape aloft is a Turkey Vulture!

Bald Eagles