Monday, April 13, 2009

Backyard Lunch Watch

It's still fairly cold due to the wind (52 degrees F but gusty), but a nice sunny day. At noon I sat outside near the feeders with my lunch to see what was going on. This is what occurred:

  • About 6 Pine Siskins high in the trees calling, 1 of them visited the feeders
  • 1 White-breasted Nuthatch calling
  • 2 American Goldfinches high in the trees, 'potato-chip' flight call
  • 3 Black-capped Chickadees total, all of which started off with the "chick-a-dee-dee-dee" call, also a descending "tseee." Two visited the feeders, where one made a high-pitched "chip" and the other sat and repeatedly pecked at the plastic window on the feeder. I'm not sure if the bird was confused as to how to get to the seeds or if the loud, resonant sound of the pecking on the feeder was used as an alert sound. Also interesting, just before they visited the feeder, one individual would call "chick-a-dee-dee" and the next individual would immediately begin the same call, back-and-forth, with the third individual repeatedly calling over both of them with the "tsee."
Bonus sighting: a tiny orange butterfly, no larger than a quarter, fluttering by. I didn't get a good look at it and it's flight was very quick due to being carried by the wind, so no ID.

Earlier while driving around the area I noticed two gulls in the Burger King parking lot. No ID on them either, but I do know that they love BK French fries.

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