February 10, 2017
They Are Back!

There were about two weeks around the time of my back surgery back on December 2, when we did not put any bird seeds in our feeders. I was not feeling up to it, and we had no more seeds. Anyway after I got around to filling the feeders, we had very few birds coming to our feeder, and those that did come were not House Sparrows and House Finches, which were usually there in copious quantities. We did finally start having some visitors, and the most numerous variety were Juncos. S here are some photos.

a junco in a tree

Junco in a Tree (31-Jan-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

a junco searching for seeds

Junco Hunting for Food on the Ground (31-Jan-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

another junco looks for food

Here Is a Junco a Week Later (8-Feb-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

Mourning Doves have been a constant visitor to our backyard. They feed off of the ground from the spillage of other birds sitting on our feeders. They also seem to like sitting on the electrical wire across our backyard. On occasion I will see them in one of our trees.

mourning dove on an electrical line

Mourning Dove Staying Warm on an Electrical Wire (21-Jan-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

sitting on a wire some days later

Mourning Dove Cleaning Its Feathers on an Electrical Wire (8-Feb-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

In the past two weeks or so, the House Sparrows and House Finches have begun to visit our yard agai.

a female house sparrow in a tree

Female House Sparrow in a Tree (21-Jan-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

a female house sparrow looks back at me

Another Female House Sparrow in a Tree Looking Back at Me (3-Feb-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

a female house finch hinting seeds on the ground

Female House Finch Hunting for Seeds (8-Feb-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

Suet des bring out a few woodpeckers, in addition to the starlings that somehow manage to hang on to the suet feeder.

male downy woodpecker at the suet feeder

Male Downy Woodpecker at Our Suet Feeder (6-Feb-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

At times I will see a singe starling, but more often, they will come in large flocks of 10-20. Below I captured two hanging out on an electrical wire. Today I photographed part of a flock out a bit further in our yard.

two starlings sitting on an electrical line wire

Two Starlings on an Electrical Wire (1-Feb-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

part of a flock of starlings on our lawn

Part of a Flock of Starlings on Our Lawn (10-Feb-17; © Richard L. Bowman)

I hope you  have been enjoying birds around your house or in parks. Check back here every week to see what I have been able to photograph.

--2014-17, Richard L. Bowman

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