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!


grammie g said...

Hi Kathryn..Those Jays are beautiful colors, but if they are related to the Jays here they are piggies at the feeders, and manage to chase of the smaller birds!
I also have had flocks of Redpolls, which is not so common here either, but really usual for you for
sure : }
Looks like we have pretty much the same birdie friends!! Like your photos!
Great list too for the month!! Do you do eBird??

Roy Norris said...

Lots of lovely colour in your local species Kathryn.

Kathryn said...

Grace, the jays are just definitely piggies, not only that they will also fling the seed to the ground which the Junco love, of course! Yes, I do eBird. Kathie Brown got me doing that years ago!

Roy, I do love the colors too.

Kathie Brown said...

Kathryn, these are wonderful birds to have in your yard! Love the pics!

Kathie Brown said...

P.S. keep that cold air up there. I've had enough of it already!