Saturday, January 19, 2013

Wintery Mix

January 2013 in My Mountain Green has been brutally cold and bone chilling with morning temperatures hovering at or below 0º F (-12ºF last Sunday morning) and daytime highs in the upper teens to mid 20ºs F.  Yet the wintery bitterness does not hinder the birds from completely draining the feeders!  

Here are some of the beggars birds in my yard this month:

Western Scrub Jay

Spotted Towhee 
(I think he is a little cold!  He is so puffed up, I had to do a double-take when I saw him!)

Evening Grosbeaks
(Female on left; Male on right.)

Black-capped Chickadee

House Finches
(12 in this photo, plus a Black-capped Chickadee.  I have had as many as 46!)

Downy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker (female)

Northern Flicker (male)

Steller's Jay

Common Redpoll
(not so common in Utah, classified as rare, 
yet there has been a large influx this year with multiple sightings across the state)

 My Mountain Green Yard count in January is 16 species:
1. Downy Woodpecker
2. Northern Flicker
3. Steller's Jay
4. Western Scrub Jay
5. Black-billed Magpie
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Dark-eyed Junco
8. House Finch
9. Pine Siskin
10. American Goldfinch
11. Evening Grosbeak
12. Common Redpoll
13. Mountain Chickadee
14. Spotted Towhee
15. Eurasian Collared-Dove
16. Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Thanks for visiting My Mountain Green!  Stay warm and toasty during these winter days!