Mourning Dove

Backyard Birding Is Still Active


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Although the Boise downtown Peregrine Falcons have fledged – 3 out of 4 fledglings survived – and have been spotted in different places around town, the backyard bird watch is pretty steady. Lots of House Finchs as pictured here, English Sparrows, Mourning Doves, Rock Pigeons, Black-capped Chickadees (infrequently seen, but frequently heard) and hummingbirds. Black-chinned Hummingbirds – as corrected – are still here. Here are some photos I took yesterday and today. Enjoy and Left-Click to enlarge the photos. Keep Looking Up!

 

 

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

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Anna's Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird (corrected)

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"Here's lookin' at ya'!"

“Here’s lookin’ at ya’!”

Backyard Feeders Doing Fine


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Our backyard feeders are doing their job – keeping us broke in filling with seeds! If you look in the sidebar for the National Bird Feeding Society logo, you can get some good info on backyard feeders. And, for your information, the Boise downtown falcons are doing good. The parents are “talking” to the eggs and rolling them. The signs look good for hatching soon – very soon.
And while we are waiting for the first hatching, we watch our backyard. I have spotted 1 Black-chinned hummingbird, but only one. The Mourning Doves, pictured here, English Sparrows and House Finches are abundant. I even saw a Swainson’s Hawk soaring high over head. Here, take a look. Keep Looking Up and please VOTE above. Cheers! Left-Click to enlarge.

House Finches at one of our feeders.

House Finches at one of our feeders.

House Finch at our "Fountain Bird Bath". It is solar powered.

House Finch at our “Fountain Bird Bath”. It is solar powered.

Swainson's Hawk high overhead .

Swainson’s Hawk high overhead .

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Some Backyard Visitors


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While we are waiting for the Boise Downtown Falcons to hatch – actually somewhere probably around the first week in May – I thought I would post some of the visitors that we have in our backyard and ones that keep the Sharp-Shinned Hawk fed. Here is an English Sparrow. Below are a few more species. Enjoy and cast your VOTE above. Thanks.

 

 

 

 

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Mourning Dove. These guys have been around all winter.

Mourning Dove. These guys have been around all winter.

Mourning Dove.

Black-Capped Chickodee. Robin heard one several days ago and now we have actually seen one flitting from branch to branch.

Black-capped Chickadee. Robin heard one several days ago and now we have actually seen one flitting from branch to branch.

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So there you have some of our “visitors”. Keep Looking Up!

GBBC Visitors


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It has been a pretty good 4 days this year for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), at least in our area of Boise. And I know, the Squirrel pictured here is not even a Flying Squirrel. But he did visit us. Many times. Enjoy these photos of some of the birds that we have seen during this event. Left-Click any of these photos to see enlarged. Keep Looking Up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Rock Pigeon

Rock Pigeon

American Robin

American Robin

Black-Eyed Junco (Oregon Race)

Black-Eyed Junco (Oregon Race)

House Finch

House Finch

House Finch

House Finch

When you look at these birds enlarged, it sure does emphasize their colors and their markings. Cheers!

Eagle Watching In Barber Park #2


Shawn-Carmen_Falcon_GraphicA very cold day. Even at mid-morning. 14 degrees. But I was lucky that the wind was calm and the sun was out. Beautiful day for a walk in the park. Met many people with cameras looking for the Eagles. I saw 5 Bald Eagles, many Canada Geese and Mallards, Mourning Dove and Oregon Junkos. The graphic to the left is by Shawn Carman, a friend and a local Graphic Artist. I have his permission to use his work. He does some fantastic work and if you ever need a piece of graphic art made, contact Shawn. Here are some of the birds I saw this morning. Enjoy and Keep Looking Up! If you have a chance, even if it is cold, get outside and look for the birds in your area. You will be surprised at what you will find.

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Great Blue Heron perched

Great Blue Heron perched

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Bald Eagle. How impressive!

Bald Eagle. How impressive!

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