Monday, March 05, 2007

Birding, Lite

We were in the country yesterday for a family dinner-and-birthday cake routine. With a walk in the woods and keeping an eye on the bird feeder outside the kitchen window we saw:

hairy woodpecker
red-bellied woodpecker
white-breasted nuthatch
house finch

On the Rappahannock, from the end of Prince St., we saw (without binocs; with lots of wind) cormorants, some terns or gulls bobbing on the river, and an osprey, freshly arrived I imagine.

At our feeder this weekend, we're still seeing juncos and one waxwing, so they're not yet ready to migrate. (Oh, wait: waxwings don't migrate in Virginia according to Cornell Birding. Maybe they just don't flock in the summer?)

Reading: Then We Came to the End, Joshua Ferris. If you like The Office, try it.


spunky p said...

I have such fond memories of playing soccer games against St. Margaret's in Tappahannock, and smelling fried shrimp on the wind...good birding area.

Two chickadees insisted on flying the same pattern across our deck yesterday, despite the fact that Taylor was standing right there! The call of the wild was intense, however, and they would veer out of the way at the last second.

Thanks for posting your list. :)

Mewborn said...

I think that spring/summer waxwings pair off about their business. I have gotten nice looks this winter at flocking waxwings here in Richmond.
They are quiet enough that I don't notice them in the summer since they aren't in large groups then. Never had one at the feeder, though. What are you using to attract them?

Lisa said...

I think it's the water in my fishless koi pond that attracts some birds, not the feeder.