Had some nice birds today.

No this is not a bird, but it is evidence that the Loggerhead Shrike was hunting in the area late yesterday or early this morning. I saw the shrike yesterday, but there were no field crickets cached then. Today there was. Must have been a cricket day for the shrike. No new grasshoppers were on the barbs.

This was exciting for me to see the male Purple Finch in our woods. Such a pretty color!  The Purple Finch has a wine cream colored streaks on its breast. The Purple Finch is winter only visitor. The House Finch (all year resident) is a similar looking fellow that color ranges from red to orange depending on its diet. The Dark-eyed Junco is the one on the left.

Then I could not believe it…a Hermit Thrush came to the water!  I got to see it again on the afternoon walk over in a brushy area. 

A cardinal came too! Other birds I saw today:  Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Blue Jays, Turkey Vultures, phoebe, Song sparrows, Chipping Sparrows, robins, Cedar Waxwings, Red-bellied Woodpecker, kestrel, crows, and maybe a Fox Sparrow.
And one more bird….the stump owl…LOL

Keep looking!


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