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A new bird!

I’m not a birder but I do have a “kitchen window” bird list that I started when I moved to this house and put feeders up. I love watching them while I’m cooking but it’s been several years since I’ve added a new one…until today when I saw a Brown-headed Nuthatch! I had to dig out the bird book to ID him and find the list so I could add him. He was a cute little guy, much smaller than the White-breasted Nuthatch that I see all the time.

I call my kitchen window “LuLu’s TV set” because she loves to sit there and watch the birds too. She’s very calm when it’s just birds but gets pretty riled up when a squirrel comes along.

Here’s my list (started in 1997 when I moved to this house):

1. Black-capped Chickadee
2. Slate-colored Junco
3. Cardinal
4. Robin
5. Blue Jay
6. Red-bellied Woodpecker
7. Tufted Titmouse
8. White-throated Sparrow
9. White-breasted Nuthatch
10. Brown-headed Cowbird
11. White-crowned Sparrow
12. Chipping Sparrow
13. American Goldfinch
14. Purple Finch
15. Pine Warbler
16. Pine Grosbeak
17. Rufous-sided Towhee
18. Brown Thrasher
19. Fox Sparrow
20. Indigo Bunting
21. Purple Martin
22. Downy Woodpecker
23. Carolina Wren
24. Wood Thrush
25. Mourning Dove
26. Bluebird (not in the feeder but on the fence next to the bluebird house)
27. Brown-headed Nuthatch (Today!)

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Comments (6)

Anne:

My mom has an apple tree with bird feeder outside her kitchen window. Today we saw common redpolls, black-capped chickadees and bluejays. I love watching them. One frequent visitor to the feeder has been nicknamed "Greedy" because it chases the other birds away (in spite of being a tiny little thing itself!)

Anne, I thought of you today when I was reading my bird book and saw that some of my birds have a range that begins in Nova Scotia!

Ok, I have "cat TV" - in summer sometimes I put on the porch light for them and watch them go bananas over the Christmas beetles hitting the screen door.

Actually, I have a red rosella pic I want to work with. That's from the tree outside my window, where the cats sit and watch the birds.

And hey - the crabapple up on my back porch is a sight to see - heavily laden with fruits the color of Irene's new digital scrapbook kit, dripping down onto the porch. And... the rosellas come every year when they get soft and pig out over them.

Kim:

I am so doing this! Excellent.

Great idea! What bird book do you use/recommend?

Hi Krista, I've got "An Audubon Handbook: Eastern Birds." It's got nice photos and since it's focused on this area, there aren't as many pages to look through, which helps to make an ID fast before the bird flies away!

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