Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A few pics from the yard

Here are a few pics in the yard from the last couple of days. The yard has been getting busier and busier over the last couple of weeks. Lots of Juncos, American Goldfinches, Lesser Goldfinches, House Finches, Black-Capped and Chestnut-Backed Chickadees, Red-Breasted Nuthatch, Yellow-Rumped and Townsend's Warblers, Flickers, Downy Woodpeckers, a Red-Breasted Sapsucker, Scrub and Steller's Jays, Bewick's Wrens, Song, White- and Golden-Crowned Sparrows, Spotted Towhee, Bushtits, Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, Cedar Waxwings, and Anna's Hummingbirds are all common visitors right now. We have heard the Varied Thrush a couple of times, but we haven't spotted him yet.

Wishing everyone a great birding winter season!

We have tried in vain to ID this gull. We think we ID the gull and then we notice a marking that rejects our theory. Any ideas?

A Sharp-Shinned Hawk. Both the Sharpie and the Cooper's hawks are starting to visit the yard more and more.

A Bewick's Wren searching for some good bugs behind the house. Such a great looking bird.

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Heather said...

As to your gull, my guess would be a Ring-billed Gull. The Bewick's Wren is sooo cute! Reminds me a lot of our Carolina Wren, but I think Bewick's tail is longer...
Take care guys!

Rhett Wilkins said...

Hi Guys,

Have you rejected Herring Gull yet, and if so, why?


Rhett Wilkins said...

Hi again,

Compare your mystery gull to this Herring Gull I photographed at Crystal Springs:

Good Birding,

Seth and Michelle said...

Thanks for everyone's help. There has been so much discussion about this gull with local ornithologists that we finally just gave up trying to ID it. We will just enjoy it being a cool gull.