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Thread #117366   Message #2541793
Posted By: Janie
17-Jan-09 - 08:19 PM
Thread Name: BS: Birdwatching 2009
Subject: RE: BS: Birdwatching 2009
Had a pine warbler today that kept visiting both the suet and the thistle feeder. Hadn't seen one of them here before. Had another bird at the thistle feeder that I still haven't keyed out. Black and white striped. Small. I was headed to the feeder to fill it, and the thing didn't fly until I was within 3 feet. (Neither did a couple of goldfinches.) The closest thing I can find in my field guide is a black-and-white warbler. I doubt it was - this is awfully far north for them to be this time of year, and the Cornell bird site indicates they are primarily carnivores.

The bluebirds were on the feeders today also, which I haven't observed before. It could be the exceptionally cold weather of the past couple of days has brought birds to the feeders that don't usually visit them. Alternately, it is rare that I am home during the day, even on weekends. Mayhap they just don't visit the feeders in the early mornings when I am usually here to observe, but are frequent afternoon visiters.

Upthread I said I had red-headed woodpeckers when I meant to say downy woodpeckers.

Watched a real dust-up between the woodpeckers and a white-breasted nuthatch today.