Backyard Birding Report – April 20th, 2011

We’ve not spotted a single hummingbird so far this spring. BUT, we’ve spotted two kinds of birds not previously seen in our yard. We’ve seen a few Indigo Buntings, but I’ve not managed to get any photos. We’ve also seen a few of these:

Carolina Chickadee - 3

Carolina Chickadee - 2

I knew it was a Chickadee the minute I spotted it. Cynthia said it can’t be a Black-capped Chickadee (though it looks EXACTLY like one to me) because they don’t come to Texas. We looked up the Black-capped Chickadee and sure enough, they’re indigenous to the norther regions of the U.S. and they don’t migrate. A little research and we determined them to be Carolina Chickadees.

Also, one of the birdhouses we have hanging on the side of the house looks to have been attacked by something with sharp claws. It has not, however, stopped a pair of sparrows from raising three babies in it

Baby Sparrows

And, although not spotted in my yard, this guy strikes me as interesting. A very ragged vulture that rides the drafts between my office building and the one next to us.

Ragged Vulture

4 thoughts on “Backyard Birding Report – April 20th, 2011

  1. Looks to me like the bird house got used as a squirrel gnawing station in the off season. I leave old dog chew toy beef marrow bones in the yard. The squirrels grab them and scamper up into the trees and gnaw on them to keep their teeth down. It can be quite loud and I have to pick them up from all over the yard.

  2. What a great shot of those baby sparrows! Spring comee earlier in your neck of the woods than in mine. We’re still expecting occasional snow storms before we see real spring.

  3. Glad the little baby birds survived the attack!! Or did they make it their home after the fact? Either way, they are too cute! Love these photos.

    Kayla

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