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Tclarkwood

Time To Start More Postings For Winter

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Hello Whatbird Peeps!  I've taken off the Summer and Fall off from this forum since I have such little interesting activity but now things should start picking up as we get closer to Winter. One thing that I didn't share back in October was something that was a first for me and that was the Rose Breasted Grosbeak Fall Migration. For the first time since I' ve been attracting birds to my back yard, I had more than 5 adolescent male Grosbeaks visit my feeders and bird bath. They were so beautiful and they acted inexperienced since they were all less than 6 months old. They stayed for about a week before heading South towards the equator. The draught here in Alabama has caused many birds to leave but I'm hoping that December will bring rain and I'll get my American Goldfinches before long. Let's start talking it up! Roll Tide! 

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The Grosbeaks are beautiful!  I get them during both Spring and Fall migration.  A first for my yard this year is Red-breasted Nuthatches.  They have been here for about a month now, I believe.  Getting more and more Dark-eyed Juncos everyday, but have yet to see the Yellow-rumps.  They usually come in droves, so I'm looking forward to them.  My birdbaths have frozen over the last two nights, so it's time to get out the heaters.  O-H!

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I don't know that I have ever seen the Red-breasted Nuthatch?  Unless I saw one and automatically assumed it was the Brown-headed Nuthatch that we have year round.  I believe they are about the same size so a quick glance and an assumption would prevent you from recognizing them.  I'll keep a look out.. Are you under extreme drought conditions in that part of Georgia?  I believe it has really affected the numbers of my backyard birds.  I put water in my bird bath every other day and deer are drinking it dry at night.  I saw a Ruby-crowned Kinglet hopping around on my window seal next to my sunflower feeder last week. Those are the cutest little birds and they are not afraid of anything.  Keep praying for rain!  WE NEED IT!!! 

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My numbers are still way down compared to last year. Either the birds have found some other good feeders that they prefer or I seem to have more hawks in the woods behind my house.  I'm going to be patient because I know that numbers run in cycles and I have experienced this before.  I did see my first bluebird in a while yesterday while I was doing chores in the yard so that is a good sign. I'm going to move my bluebird box off the oak tree and put it on a slender post since last year all my baby bluebirds were killed by some type of predator or other bird.  I read that bluebird boxes do not need to be mounted to trees in an article due to predators so I'm gonna give it a try this year.  I'm still hopeful for more varieties. I have yet to see an American Goldfinch so far so I'm not sure what has happened to them? Last year, I had about a dozen.  Hopefully the cooler month of January will bring more activity! 

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I can't be sure if I'm seeing less compared to last year because I have never counted the birds. I know a couple months ago things got so slow that I started taking notes about what birds were visiting during what months so that next year I could compare. I have yet to see a bluebird. I feel like they are the golden child when it comes to birding. I haven't even tried attracting them though. I just have so much going on feeding the other birds that I'm afraid to take on more. Plus, my yard isn't that big... But maybe someday it will happen.

I'm seeing more finches this year than ever before! A while back I bought the DY 3' feeder and I broke it out a couple months ago and I get so many visitors daily using this feeder. They are such a delight to see. I'll try to upload some pics.

I also get lots of blue jays, cardinals, titmice, sparrows and woodpeckers. I did see one starling today. I'm hoping the entire gang doesn't find me. I hate when the blackbirds take over. I'm also seeing hawks almost daily.

 

 

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Yeah... I love the gold finches.  I haven't seen one this year for some reason?  My parents live closer to Tennessee and they haven't seen one yet either?  I'm not sure what is going on?  I guess they are all staying further North so far? 

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Finally.... My varieties have started improving! A couple purple finches came to the feeders this morning along with a yellow-rumpled hitting the suet. 

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