Breakfast on a cold, snowy morning

Breakfast on the patio, 8 January 2017

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2 thoughts on “Breakfast on a cold, snowy morning

  1. Is that a purple finch? Looks like a redpoll, only they don’t get to West Virginia, do they? There hasn’t been much of a redpoll flight this winter–we saw only 13 on the Algonquin Christmas Bird Count, none on counts farther south. Have you been having purple finches around, or just house finches?

    Happy New Year! Margaret

    • As far as we have been able to tell, we only have house finches at our feeders, even though we keep trying to believe they’re purple finches. We haven’t seen any males that lack the brown cap. I don’t think there are redpolls in West Virginia.

      This little group lacks our usual crowd of chickadees, titmice, wrens, woodpeckers (red bellied and downy — we know there are hairy and pileated around, but they don’t come to the feeders), nuthatches (white breasted, and this year red breasted), and song sparrows. We also have white throated sparrows and juncos this year.

      We’ve also acquired a mob of mourning doves, and a couple of bluejays. And some days, generally lurking in the trees at the edge of the yard, a hawk (Cooper’s, I think) who seems to think the patio is a hawk feeder.

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