The Outside World, In and Around Duluth

Feeder Bird Update

I had three (two, probably) new birds at the feeder over the weekend.

I’m pretty sure this is a female house finch:

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House Finch - Female

It’s tough with the females, since so many of them are brown and speckled. But since I know we’ve had several male house finches, I’m feeling pretty good on this ID.

Next up was a surprise to me – we had a cowbird having a heck of a time trying to use the feeder:

Cowbird

Cowbird

This was an easier ID. He was here with a female, and she spent all her time foraging on the ground, which was interesting. The male struggled mightily to stay on the little ledge of the feeder, and would flap on and off at regular intervals. It kept trying to brace with its tail, but there was nothing to brace against. It would end up sitting side-saddle on the feeder, flapping for balance. Very amusing.

Last up was a chipping sparrow:

Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

We’ve had so many house sparrows, I had to look closely to make sure I was getting it right. I like the color of the head cap – that brownish/reddish color is quite nice.

In the most recent (okay, the first) Twin Cities Naturalist podcast, they were talking about keeping year-lists of birds. What a good idea. I’m going to try to do the same thing – it sounds like a good way to mark the seasons.

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