Rockfish Valley 2/20-21/15

All photos are Marshall Faintich

February 20

I did a late afternoon hike from my house. It was sunny and bright, but also icy and cold. I added five neighborhood species to the 16 I had seen at my feeder the previous two days: Canada Goose, Mallard, American Robin, Northern Flicker, and Turkey Vulture.


Mallard doing some figure skating


Northern Flicker


American Robin

February 21

The forecast the other day was for 6 to 11 inches of snow, and we got 5. The forecast for today was 3 to 5, and we already have 5 to 6, and it's coming down heavy right now. I decided to do some more photography from my window, and tried to capture as many species as possible at my feeder at the same time - the most I got was 5.


Snow!


American Goldfinch


Five species: American Goldfinch, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin


Five species: Carolina Chickadee, American Goldfinch, Purple Finch, Eastern Towhee, House Finch


Five species: American Goldfinch, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Dark-eyed Junco, Eastern Towhee, Pine Siskin


Five species: American Goldfinch, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Dark-eyed Junco, Eastern Towhee, Pine Siskin


Five species: American Goldfinch, Northern Cardinal, Dark-eyed Junco, Pine Siskin, House Finch

The birds are really hungry, and sometimes got a bit testy keeping or getting a spot at the feeder.


American Goldfinches


Eastern Towhee and Northern Cardinal


Eastern Towhee and Northern Cardinal


Pine Siskins and House Finch


Pine Siskins


Pine Siskin and Dark-eyed Junco



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