First Birds of 2016

9:43 PM

What was your first bird of 2016? For the second year in a row the first bird of the year for me was a Downy Woodpecker...two in fact! Both on a suet feeder I have hanging off the deck. In addition to the Downy a drop in temperature and some snow has brought some other birds as well lots of American Goldfinches, Dark-eyed Juncos and finally some American Tree Sparrows- who have been absent from my yard this winter until a few days ago. Here are some photos of some 2016 backyard birds!

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
First bird of 2016 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens).

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
 Male, White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) eating peanuts and live mealworms all day!
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
 Female, White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) eating peanuts and live mealworms all day! Notice she's much lighter in colour compared to the male above.

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis).
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
 Male, Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) visits the safflower and sunflower feeders.

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
This photo was taken just before the new year on December 30, 2015. Female, Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) eating sunflower chips.

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
This photo was taken just before the new year on December 30, 2015. Female, Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) eating sunflower chips.
 
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea)
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea) a recent visitor who loves millet from the ground tray and sunflower chips left on the snow.

American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea)
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea) a recent visitor who loves millet from the ground tray and sunflower chips left on the snow.

American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea)
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea).
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea)
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea).

American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea)
  American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea) eating sunflower chips off the snow.

American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea)
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea).

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
 Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) loving the sunflower chips and live mealworms in particular.

Hairy Woodpecker (Leuconotopicus villosus) and Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Terrible photos, but a convenient comparison of a Hairy Woodpecker (Leuconotopicus villosus)- left and Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)- right.

Good backyard birding everyone!

~Kristen

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