Yesterday was day 1 of Cornell’s Bird Feeder Watch. I think it runs four days. I didn’t watch yesterday. I had too much other stuff going on, but this morning, I did my first 1-hour watch and this is what I saw starting at 12:15pm:
7 little Goldfinch all clustered in the flat feeder
1 Red-Bellied Woodpecker eating suet at the wood feeder
1 Cardinal (male)
5 Blue Jays (at the same time on deck and in flat feeder)
3 White-Black Nuthatches
1 Hairy Woodpecker (suet)
1 Downy Woodpecker (other suet — we have three suet bars up)
2 European sparrows
3 Tufted Titmouses
1 Cardinal (female)
1 really big Nuthatch
1 tiny Goldfinch
15 Mourning Doves (at the same time on deck and in flat feeder).
That was just under an hour, but when it ended, they were gone. They will now come and go, pairs and individuals and later they will all be back. Meanwhile, I have other things to do until I have my next hour of watching.
I was glad that the Grackles picked right NOW to move on because otherwise, all I would have had to report would have been Grackles. Lots and lots of them.
The Grackles are gone. Not merely not on the deck or in a feeder, but I don’t even see them in the trees. I think they have finally moved on. It doesn’t mean they won’t be back. I’m sure they will be back but hopefully, not immediately.
All those Goldfinch — including the one that was really tiny — looked like babies and all in their winter feathers, which isn’t that bright yellow. It’s closer to almost an olive green.
And then, for no reason I could see, everything took wing and left, though I could see many of them in the tree around the deck.
I’ll do another hour’s watch around 3:30 or 4 which is their next major eating period. They eat like we two, usually three times a day. Early just as I’m getting up to go the bathroom, the around the middle of the day — noon or half past noon. And finally, around early bird 🐦 dinner which, like restaurants for seniors, is about 4 in the afternoon. A few linger later, but those three periods are when the most birds show up.
For reasons I’m unsure of, we have a great many doves. They like to come and clean all the seeds off the deck. On a good day, they completely clear all the seeds the other birds didn’t like and kicked out of the feeders. They also love the cracked corn we throw down on the lawn below the deck but I can’t see them from the kitchen, so they aren’t part of my count.