Snowy Sunday Birds

by John Briggs on January 18, 2009

in Bird Photographs, Blog, Weekend Birding

Snowy Bird Feeders

Snowy Bird Feeders | Click for full size

Another snowstorm is making travel treacherous on Maine roads this Sunday afternoon. What a day to stay inside and watch the activity around the bird feeders. And active they are! With 8″ to 14″ of snow forecasted for Mid-Coast Maine , Sharon and I made sure the feeders were full and we shoveled paths to the feeders.

Chickadees, Pine Siskins, Bohemian Waxwings and more are flocking to the bird feeders. It’s hard to keep up with the rate that the snow is falling, so the covered feeders are the best bet for the birds today. (The feeder pictured at left is leaning thanks to a wind storm before the ground froze solid. It’s safe, I will straighten it in the spring when the ground thaws.)

We made a fresh batch of cranberry bagels today to place on the recycled Christmas tree in the back yard. (Bagel halves smeared with peanut butter and then dipped into bird seed.)With the peanut butter salmonella problem that’s been in the news lately, we made sure we did not purchase what was made in Georgia. A White-winged Crossbill even tried out one of the bagels. It was comical watching him check out the strange treat, before finally having a taste.

An adult Bald Eagle perched on top of our spruce and watched out over the frozen cove for the longest time this morning. That is until the Crows found out it was there and harassed it until it left.

Black-capped Chickadee | Click for larger view

Black-capped Chickadee | Click for larger view

The following list shows birds we observed during a two hour period this morning. Since then, many more birds have come and gone.

Location: Home (Fiddler’s Reach | 4 miles SE of Bath, Maine
Observation date: 1/18/09
Notes: Temp. 16 F., Winds NNE @ 10 m.p.h. Moderate Snow
Number of species: 22

Bald Eagle 1
Mourning Dove 11
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 8
Black-capped Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 6
Red-breasted Nuthatch 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
American Robin 16
Bohemian Waxwing 10
Cedar Waxwing 90
American Tree Sparrow 16
Song Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 21
Northern Cardinal 3
Pine Grosbeak 2
White-winged Crossbill 9
Pine Siskin 14
American Goldfinch 30

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2 http://ebird.org

As I close, the snow is still falling heavily. The temperature has dropped to 13° F., and the wind is picking up causing the snow to drift. A lot of the birds have resorted to parking themselves in the covered feeders and eating constantly. Keep warm little ones, spring will be here (in Maine) in about four months.

Happy birding!

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