Friday, April 30, 2010

Swamped by sparrows

Savannah Sparrow - first of the year!
I've been tethered to my desk for much of the last two weeks and have appreciated the bird activity in our back yard. For much of the last two weeks,until yesterday, the entourage of seed eaters included 20 or so each of Dark-eyed Junco and American Tree Sparrow, a dozen or so each of Purple Finch and Brown-headed Cowbird and a smattering of Red-winged Blackbirds, White-throated and Song Sparrows.

All of this changed dramatically today. Buoyed by south winds, most of the juncos and American Tree Sparrows departed and in their place came a wave other species. As I look out my window now, I see the following:
Mourning Dove 2European Starling 5White-throated Sparrow 28
Downy Woodpecker 1American Tree Sparrow 2White-crowned Sparrow 1
American Crow 2Chipping Sparrow 4Dark-eyed Junco 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2Savannah Sparrow 1Brown-headed Cowbird 6
Black-capped Chickadee 2Song Sparrow 2Purple Finch 17
American Robin 1Savannah Sparrow 1Pine Siskin 9

That's a lot of sparrows!

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