Bird Roll Call: February 2, 2018

  • American goldfinch
  • American robin
  • Black-capped chickadee
  • Blue jay
  • Carolina wren
  • Dark-eyed junco
  • Downy woodpecker
  • European starling
  • House finch
  • House sparrow
  • Mourning dove
  • Northern cardinal
  • Northern flicker
  • Red-bellied woodpecker
  • White-throated sparrow

A blue jay sang a two-note call while grabbing peanuts from the wreath feeder.

Two jetstreams drifted through the sky. I wondered if the red-tailed hawk was tracking them, still curious about what they might be.

The female northern flicker visited the yard. The male who’s been pursuing her wasn’t far behind. She ate from a suet feeder out of his sight. Impatient, he tapdanced up and down a branch looking for her. She flew away. He followed.

My new camera arrived today. It’s a superzoom that’s commonly used for birding. I spent most of the morning getting it set up. I got some delightful photos of the Carolina wren, decent photos of the American goldfinches, and blurry photos of a pine siskin. My partner took several adorable photos of the house finch who has peach and pink plumage instead of the typical red coloration. I’ve read that the variation has something to do with diet, though I don’t know the specifics.

Location — in my backyard.