Stoney Creek (Wintergreen) 11/15/10

I filled our bird feeder for the first time this autumn a couple of weeks ago, and am now getting a few species to it: White-breasted Nuthatches, Purple Finches, House Finches, American Goldfinches, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and an occasional sparrow. Seed knocked to the ground has attracted Dark-eyed Juncos and Mourning Doves, and a few Bluebirds have landed on the feeder. There may have been a Pine siskin as well.

Almost all of the chickadees around here are Carolina, but there have been recent reports of Black-capped Chickadees in the area. I may have seen one or two of them at the feeder, but need more conclusive photos to make the call.

female White-breasted Nuthatch

male White-breasted Nuthatch

female Red-bellied Woodpecker and Chickadee

I went out this morning looking for Black-capped Chickadees, but all I saw were Carolinas. A Great Blue Heron put on a nice show for me. I saw a Hairy Woodpecker in the Allen Creek Nature Preserve, making it my sixth woodpecker species seen here in the past week.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Wren

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