Backyard Birds – January 18-24

Just a quick backyard feeder update for the week – not much change in the number or kinds of birds visiting the feeders. We’re still getting both a male and female Downy Woodpecker regularly and the Ruby-crowned Kinglet makes appearances daily to visit the suet feeder. The single White-crowned Sparrow has been joined by at least one other adult and one juvenile White-crowned Sparrow. Both Pine Siskins and American Goldfinch are around in huge numbers throughout the day and I’m essentially refilling the tube feeder every two days. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to conduct the feeder count this weekend because I was out of town.

Here’s the species list for the week:

  • House Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco (including 1 Slate-coloured Junco)
  • Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  • Spotted Towhee
  • House Finch
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Pine Siskin
  • European Starling
  • American Goldfinch
  • Downy Woodpecker

As part of Project FeederWatch, I’m keeping an eye on our feeders two days out of the week to help scientists track winter bird activity, abundance and diversity. It’s a great way to spend an hour or two drinking coffee and peering out into the rain. I’ve also decided to start a yard list of all the birds that visit our backyard.

Project FeederWatch