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Bird Blog:  March 6-12, 2005

March 12, 2005

Hermit Thrush: This bird and the one on the right were up first thing in the morning. Doug Shadwick identified this bird. White-Throated Sparrow.  Doug Shadwick identified this bird.  Note the yellow area in the front part of the white stripe (the "loral" area), which is barely visible in this thumbnail. Male Yellow-rumped Warbler Tufted Titmouse Pine Warbler Pine Warbler


Turkey Vulture, north of Jordan Lake, Durham, NC Carolina Chickadee It looks more like a gargoyle, but this is actually a hawk.  You can just barely see the tiny beak.

March 11, 2005

White-throated Sparrow, Durham, NC. Turkey Vulture, Route 751, near Jordan Lake, Durham County, NC.

March 10, 2005

Downy Woodpecker, on a tree in Durham, NC. Song Sparrow, Durham, NC.  This bird showed up in the parking lot near the Wild Birds Unlimited birdfeeder at Woodcroft Shopping Center. Male House Finch, Durham, NC.  This bird actually went to that birdfeeder. Male House Sparrow, Durham, NC.  This was one of many birds in a Bradford Pear near that birdfeeder. Same House Sparrow taking off. Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura), seen from Route 751 bridge over Jordan Lake, Durham, NC.


Male Northern Cardinal in my back yard. Downy Woodpecker on suet.

March 9, 2005

A Brown-headed Nuthatch lands on the fake branch of the feeder, moves to the suet and is joined by another, perhaps a mate, and then retires to a tree branch to peck open a seed while keeping a wary eye on potential troublemakers. This Dark-eyed Junco joined several others of its species on the deck to look for dropped seeds, but was also very curious about the flashing light. Another visit from a Yellow-rumped Warbler. An infrequent visitor, the Pine Warbler is distinguished by the brown streaks on its breast. This male Northern Cardinal was another twilight visitor.

March 8, 2005

American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) A group of American Goldfinches of both sexes and various ages, the males in transition from winter to summer plumage. A male American Goldfinch. Male and female American Goldfinches. The same American Goldfinch as in the first picture in a tree. Tufted Titmouse with a seed in its beak. This looks like a fledgling Tufted Titmouse. Male Yellow-Rumped Warbler.  See the yellow spot on his crown.

March 7, 2005

According to the plumage of this Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius), it's still winter. Same bird. Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) on wire. Red-breasted Nuthatch on suet. This bird has a seed in its beak. All ready to make another dive at the feeder.

March 6, 2005

Red-breasted Nuthatch Carolina Chickadee holding seed in beak. During efforts to break the shell. Pine Warbler

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