Awesome day in the backyard.

Mar 9, 2008 | Birding

Wilson-20080308-45.jpgWilson-20080308-28.jpgNot sure what happened yesterday. Maybe the birds heard it might snow, maybe they heard 40 degree temps are arriving this week, or maybe it was just our new hawk moved on… But whatever it was, we had more birds in the yard than probably any day since we moved back to St. Paul.

We counted 17 species. Highlights included our first Cedar Waxwing for 2008, a pair of Hairy’s and both Mr. and Mrs. Pileated. The White-breasted nuthatch and Downy’s were especially frisky.

Only one not identified is the guy on the left. Very vocal, orange color on beek, some yellow… maybe a young gold finch puffed out in the cold? Not really sure but still fun. Now if i just see a robin this week, and the Juncos move out, we can pretend it’s spring.

Location: Backyard
Observation date: 3/8/08
Notes: Awesome day. 1st Cedar Waxwing of 2008 and identified warbler (not reported)
Number of species: 17

Canada Goose 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 6
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 6
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 7
Cedar Waxwing 1
Dark-eyed Junco 5
Northern Cardinal 2
Purple Finch 1
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 10

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