Wednesday, May 27, 2015

More Yard Birds

1. hairy Woodpecker-kab Hairy Woodpecker in yard 3-31-15

These are a few of the birds I have seen in my yard as winter has transitioned into spring. Species names and dates they were seen are noted below each photograph.

2. goldfinch feb25-kab American Goldfinch 2-25-15

3. chickadee march16-kab Black-capped Chickadee 3-16-15

4. robin in snow-kab American Robin 3-16-15

5. redwing-kab Red-winged Blackbird 3-17-15

6. starling-kab European Starling 3-24-15

7. chickadee-kab Black-capped Chickadee 3-24-15

8. Common Redpoll-kab Common Redpoll 3-24-15

On this date this bird became a rare bird in my yard. However, I continued to see redpolls until April 12!

9. NOCA-kab Northern Cardinal 3-24-15

On March 31 as I came home from counting birds at the boat launch I saw something in my back yard tree where some of my bird feeders hang.

10. hiding-kab Do you see what I see?


11. Cooper's hawk Adult Cooper’s Hawk 3-31-15

Cooper’s Hawks stalked my bird feeders all winter. I saw both juveniles and adults. One even ate my only Hermit Thrush that was hanging around my yard for a little over two weeks in January and early February. I paused in my steps but this bird was so focused on finding food it didn’t even notice me, or care if it did see me. It jumped down onto the ground and started walking around in search of prey.

12. walking bird-kab It even ran into the thicket hoping to catch a bird, but they were long gone!

I’m afraid this bird went hungry this time!



  1. Hello Kathie, wonderful variety of yard birds. I hope for your song birds sake, the hawk is gone now. Happy birding!

    1. Eileen, no. Not gone. And more have moved in. Red-shouldered and Broad-winged hawks are both back.

  2. Great selection of birds Kathie. Wonderful pictures of the hawk but I agree with Eileen in hoping your songbirds are safe. Happy birding.

  3. What is that with red and white stripes in pic above the Cooper Hawk?

    1. Rita, that is a flag in the yard of the house below mine down the hill towards the bay.

  4. Marvelous photos Kathie, though I do love the chickadee with its wing outspread and the yellow feeder. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend :)

  5. Whoa!!!! You've posted a new piece!!! I know I've been busy:) I love the Coops walking around on the ground like it's no big thing:) I wish I could come and visit again. As I've suspected, the birds will dictate my life from here on in. However, there still is a Razorbill, Wood Thrush, etc that need to be found:) Glad you're almost healed up. Love me!

  6. Thats quite a collection of species Kathie.

  7. Nice collection of yard birds! Songbirds are lovely, but the hawk is also awesome and I like it too!

  8. Ooh redpolls in the yard! I only got to see them 1 year in Connecticut so far.Like the hawk photos too!

  9. Such pretty visitors in your back yard, Kathie! I love the first photograph of the Hairy Woodpecker. Oh, and how great to see a Common Redpoll. All the birds are lovely!

  10. Wonderful variety of birdsin your garden but I hope the Hawk keeps its distance!

  11. Those are some pretty nice photos of some cool birds Ms. Kathy! The Cooper's is always a nice bird to have in the yard.

  12. Hi Kathie

    An interesting selection of yard birds and the photos of the hawk are great.

    All the best


Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.