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February 23, 2011


I'm surprised to see that we have so many birds in common. I'm not familiar with the pine siskin, or the Carolina wren, so I don't know if we have them. I don't think we have cedar waxwings, but I remember seeing them at my parent's place in Missouri. They used to get drunk on the juniper berries! At least two weeks ago we both saw robins, and they have never appeared so early in the year, especially when there was so much snow on the ground.

Too bad the turkeys, the hawk and the herons weren't at home for the count!

Buffy--I'm pretty sure that you have pine siskins, which normally hang out with goldfinches. You may be a bit north for the Carolina wren. Cedar waxwings? You should have 'em. I've not seen ours on junipers; but, there are no windows from which I would see them if they were in our junipers. That must have been a sight. Cedar waxwings do like the crabapple and choke cherry trees around here, and I frequently see them "flycatching" if it is warm enough for bugs to be on-the-wing.

I saw our first-of-season yellow-rumped warbler, this afternoon. They were reported in our ZIP during the GBBC.

I recall in the dead of a 1960's Central Ohio winter a bird variety at our birdfeeder -- lots of nuthatches, a cardinal or two, English sparrows, blue jays, others I no longer recall, along with gymnastic squirrels. Occasionally saw and/or heard a red-headed woodpecker in the woods behind us.

Joared--Wow! I'm impressed that you recall as many of the species seen in the 1960s as you do. We used to have red-headed woodpeckers in our little town - in the 1960s. Now, it has been years since I've seen one because the red-bellied woodpeckers have moved in and driven the red-headeds out. I would love to hear a red-headed woodpecker call.

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