Monthly Archives: October 2015

Evening Grosbeaks Return 10-13-15

Pia of Evening Grosbeaks who showed up on 10-13-15

Pair of Evening Grosbeaks who showed up on 10-13-15.  Female left.  Photo taken 10-14-15

Last February a pair of Evening Grosbeaks showed up at my birdbath, and hung around until April.  Today, a pair showed up at my bird bath again.  I strongly suspect that these are the same birds who wintered here last winter.   Returning to the same local, or yard, to spend the winter is not uncommon among birds.  Perhaps one of them is a returning bird, and the other is a new partner.  I dunno.

Evening Grosbeak, male, 10-14-15

Evening Grosbeak, male, 10-14-15

Evening Grosbeak, male, 10-14-15

Evening Grosbeak, male, 10-14-15

Evening Grosbeak, male, 10-13-15 at the swamp

Evening Grosbeak, male, 10-13-15 at the swamp

Red-breasted Nuthatch 10-14-15

Red-breasted Nuthatch 10-14-15

White-throated Sparrow 10-9-15

This is a bird that’s been on my radar for a while.  Paul Lehman found them in the ditch between the town and the ag fields to the east in 2012 (or thereabouts).  I’ve looked for this bird in every flock of its cousins, the too-common white-crowned sparrow.  Today in my yard I caught a glimpse of a sparrow that didn’t look quite right, and with some patience, which I abhor, I finally got some looks and crappy pics (in deep shade) of a nice bird.  Yard bird #125.

White-throated Sparrow 10-10-15

White-throated Sparrow 10-10-15

White-throated Sparrow 10-10-15

White-throated Sparrow 10-10-15

White-throated Sparrow 10-9-15

White-throated Sparrow 10-9-15

The sparrow seemed fond of nyger seed and spent considerable time feeding on a pile of seeds I had discarded last month.

Also seen today in my yard was a FOS Fox sparrow.  It likes to scratch through the leaf litter like a towhee or thrasher.

Fox Sparrow FOS 10-9-15

Fox Sparrow FOS 10-9-15

Phainopepla v. Pyracantha 10-10-15

Phainopepla v. Pyracantha 10-10-15

Lincoln's Sparrow 10-10-15

Lincoln’s Sparrow 10-10-15

Lincoln's Sparrow 10-10-15

Lincoln’s Sparrow 10-10-15

A pine Siskin showed up last week and stayed two days.  Today it returned.

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin 10-3-15

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin