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Few Songbirds Still Around

Blue-headed Vireo

I have been seeing many songbirds flying around the area this past week! Some are those to be expected like the White-throated Sparrows and White-crowned Sparrows. I have heard a few Swamp Sparrows and Song Sparrows singing in a few locations near Beaver Ponds. The Dark-eyed Junco’s seem to be scattered just about everywhere.

Yellow Bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

I have been very excited hearing a few Blue-headed Vireos singing in the woods! I came across a dead Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time (car hit it)! The following day I heard a Sapsucker do its meow like sound. Not sure why but I just love these woodpeckers!

Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe

I was very excited while leaving the house for work on Wednesday, when I heard an Eastern Phoebe do its “Phoebeee” call! First time I have heard this bird do this call around my house in a very long time. I sure hope these guys return to the house next spring!! That snow storm this year really did a number to all our local residents.

Yellow-rumped Warbler in some Dogwood
Yellow-rumped Warbler

I am still seeing many Yellow-rumped Warbler and Cedar Waxwings working on the berries. They just are not too cooperative in allowing me to capture their picture! Maybe next time I will be in the right place at the right time!! Also, had what I am 90% sure as a Gray-cheeked Thrush get flushed up from the ground, look at me for a few seconds and then fly away! We have a hard enough time identifying them in the hand, yet alone being on a branch for a few minutes. But, I know it wasn’t a Hermit, Wood, Veery and Gray-cheeked is the only thing that it could be!

Gray-cheeked Thrush
Gray-cheeked Thrush

I just thought everyone could use a little “other birds” other than Saw-whets that I have been posting! Still waiting to see if tonight’s weather will let me open my Saw-whet Owl nets tonight! Although it looks like it might be a little too windy! We will see!

16 responses

  1. I would love to see a Phoebe someday.
    The blue-headed vireo is beautiful.
    Have you caught up with sleep yet? I may if time is good for me and the weather go to the banding on saturday.

    18 October 2007 at 8:26 pm

  2. I love Blue-headed Vireos! That first photo just reminded me. 🙂

    18 October 2007 at 9:22 pm

  3. Very pretty little birds.~nita~

    18 October 2007 at 11:41 pm

  4. I would love to hear a phoebe!

    19 October 2007 at 1:03 am

  5. I had a phoebe in my yard on Tuesday perched on the satellite dish of all places. She just sat there as I filled my feeders and I talked to her. Love seeing that tail bob. :c)

    19 October 2007 at 6:44 am

  6. @ Toni – thanks and they are great birds for sure! I hear them more than see them! I am catching up some, thanks! Hope you are able to!
    @ nick – thanks – they are great birds for sure!
    @ nita – thanks, they are older pictures!
    @ trixie – they make a great sound!
    @ jayne – great find! TV or Internet Satellite?

    19 October 2007 at 9:22 am

  7. I don’t know – it looks like a good number of songbirds, to me. Nice shooting!

    19 October 2007 at 9:30 am

  8. Hi Mon@rch,
    Again, I just want to say how much I love your close-up shots of the birds. I really like seeing the beautiful detail of their feathers.

    19 October 2007 at 10:53 am

  9. I hope there will be some birds and pretty leaves left by the time we get up in that area. I’d love to hear a phoebe, too. I so admire people that have learned to identify all those birds and calls.

    19 October 2007 at 11:01 am

  10. Oh Tom ~ these birds are so beautiful. The phoebe photo is so gorgeous I could just cry!

    19 October 2007 at 4:05 pm

  11. I’m glad I followed a link from Ladybug’s Link to you. The photography is superb. I have some nice shots of monarchs, but of birds . . . not as much luck. You must use a good zoom and the birds must sit still for you. I have a zoom, but the birds fly! :>) I’ll be back to enjoy your pix and comments.

    19 October 2007 at 4:06 pm

  12. It’s nice to still see the songbirds around! I saw a bunch of dark-eyed juncos in my yard the other day! Such a pleasant sight!

    19 October 2007 at 5:03 pm

  13. Your bird photos are just amazing… is there a more perfect shot than that little Vireo? I only ran into one once – it was a red eye’d and the singing that little guy did… way up in a tree top was so beautiful I never wanted to leave the spot. Mon@rch – just about the time I forget your perfect photos of birds you toss one up and it feels like, biologist or not, nature photography has got to be your greatest gift. gorgeous shots.

    19 October 2007 at 9:41 pm

  14. Tom, your photos get better and better. You are so far ahead of NC in color and birds… I wonder if our extended summer and drought has affected bird life here. I’m waiting… at least for the first Junco.

    19 October 2007 at 10:49 pm

  15. I really like the Eastern Phoebe Tom, great shot.

    19 October 2007 at 11:09 pm

  16. Wonderful photo’s, and subject’s..:)

    22 October 2007 at 10:12 pm

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