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    Winter Birds

    Yesterday out the bedroom window watched a Hermit Thrush jump around in the privet. It seems to be early, but there he was.

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    Today saw my first official Winter Bird.
    Snapped this Yellow-bellied Sapsucker through my window.
    I'll get better photos as the Winter wears on. I see them often.
    Many of my trees and most of my shrubs are filled with small holes made by these guys.

    These holes are called sapwells. The holes bleed, and the Sapsucker drinks. Other birds and critters also use these.

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    Mystery Bird

    You guys like a mystery.
    Sat down and this bird landed off about 15ft. I got one shot and he was gone.
    So who is this?
    Warblers can be hard to ID, but is this even a Warbler.
    Here is some help and things to look for when we see a bird.

    We can see some things.
    - The large pronounced white eye ring is the starting point.
    - Wing bars with a black stripe below the white
    - Yellow back
    - Yellow on tail
    - Yellow beside tail
    - Dark head.
    Being able to see his belly and head would be great.

    My guess is this is not a Warbler or a Vireo, but another Winter bird.
    - Ruby-crowned Kinglet

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    I am up to 3 Winter Birds.
    - Hermit Thrush
    - YB Sapsucker
    - RC Kinglet

    Here are some I expect to show and hang around:
    - Song Sparrow
    - WT Sparrow
    - Chipping Sparrow
    - Golden-crowned Kinglet
    - Field Sparrow (only see him in Winter)
    - Pine Warbler
    - House Wren
    - Yellow-rumped Warbler
    - Junco

    Here are some I hope will show and hang around:
    - Red-headed Woodpecker (Only see him in Winter)
    - Red-breasted Nuthatch

    I hope the Pine Siskins give me a break and do not show this year.
    I hope to see many others migrating by who don't hang around, mostly warblers.

    Right now there are always maybe 10 birds jumping around out here. In Winter seldom is there less than 50. Most are finches and sparrows. Other birds see them and are attracted. Finches like Sunflower and Sparrows like white millet.

    The fun then is feeding all the others who prefer different things.
    Go ask Alice, I think she'll know

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    Saw a Chipping Sparrow today and 2 Kinglets.

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