Week #20 challenge was Birds in Your Yard or Garden.
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I hope everyone had a grand week and saw lots of birds in their yard or garden. Having birds around my house creates so much joy for Frank & me. Last week was the first time we have put seed in the feeders since May. The Swallowtail & Mississippi Kites have flown south and our birds can eat freely without worry about the Kites. However, the Red-shouldered Hawk and other prey are lurking.
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We had woodpeckers this week which I’m always happy to see!
A couple cuties that caught my eye. There were several Blue Tits this week throughout, but I tried to feature a variety of birds. Bud had to give me a hint on the Oriole. I had to look it up in my field guide.
The Eurasian Jay is part of the Old World (“brown”) jays, whereas, the California Jay & Blue Jay are American jays.
These two robins are unrelated. The Eastern Yellow Robin belongs to the genus Eopsaltria and doesn’t migrate very far except for local movement going from higher to lower ground depending on the seasons. The American Robin belongs to the Turdidae Family and migrates from South to North and back, primarily in North America, but have known to push out of the borders a bit.
Beautiful yellow and orange with some black mixed in for these two birds that are totally different and are located in different parts of the world. The Bomakierie is related to the true shrikes (I looked that up). Hey…I’m learning about all kinds of new birds here!
Grosbeaks belong to the superfamily called Passeroidea. They “are not part of a natural group but rather a polyphyletic assemblage of distantly related songbirds”.
“I see you”! “Let me pose up for you while you steady your camera”.
Canada Geese & Starlings are everywhere, I think! At least these two species fly above and below the equator in some form or another.
Pheasants are a non-native species in Britain that were introduced for shooting. Their numbers continue to grow every year. As of April, 2019, there were 35 million in the UK and of that total, 20 million in England alone. It would be a life bird for me!
The American Crow can be find in most of the United States and Canada. They are smart and have been known to figure out complicated problems to get to what they most desire…usually food. The Eastern Phoebe is a flycatcher found in many areas of North America.
Great job everyone! I really enjoyed seeing your birds from your kitchen window or wherever you were scoping them out!
Next up: Week #21: Birds with Black Feathers. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
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