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Feederwatch 2016/17 begins – 14 species

Unless something really unusual turns up over the winter we won’t be posting weekly Feederwatch updates here, but thought it interesting to at least share the first recordings of the annual season. We scored 14 species, most of them regulars but worthy of note is the continuing presence of a small flock of House Finches accompanied by a solitary female Purple Finch and the presence of a White-throated Sparrow. WTSparrows have usually gone by this date and in the 16 years we have been doing Feederwatching in this garden we have only ever seen one before – same week in 2013 … is this chance or climate change?

The birds seen were:

Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  2
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
American Robin  8
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  3
House Finch  8
Purple Finch  1
American Goldfinch  3

We photographed as many of the birds as we could – didn’t get them all, but a good enough number are shown in the gallery below. Hover over each thumbnail to see the species being illustatred or click on any one to see a gallery at full size (much the best experience).

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