July 11, 2020 at 10:26 am #982904July 11, 2020 at 10:47 am #982905
In the past day we’ve also had Steller’s Jays, Juncos, Black-capped Chickadees, and hummingbirds. Plus a report (no photos though) of two pelicans at Alki!July 11, 2020 at 12:00 pm #982912
It’s the season where the juvenile crows are begging loudly for food and they sound like someone is stepping on a duck. it’s so loud. Plus, we’ve been having incidences with the community in a state of alarm-either they are protecting their nests or rioting over some crime. That said, I have seen lots of other birds, they just aren’t that loud right now. I even saw what looked like a fight between a stellar jay and two crows. I’m in North Admiral.July 11, 2020 at 3:56 pm #982937July 11, 2020 at 7:14 pm #982947
I I have lots of birds also. I have a nest in my mailbox right by front door. Mom has flown in my front door 5 times. She has 4 eggs. How long do they sit on them?July 11, 2020 at 11:53 pm #982959
I recommend a free app called BirdNET. While it has some flaws, it works pretty well at IDing birds by sound. In addition to the shy, elusive crow, the app has IDed Bewick’s wrens, Black-capped chickidees, Steller’s jays, Spotted towhees, and a couple of others.July 12, 2020 at 10:43 am #982977
0K. YES. I have seen some. Even had chickadees nest in a box by my front door. But not as many as I used to see and not much “color”. I’ve had feeders out for a week and no takers.July 13, 2020 at 11:07 am #983043
Same here! No wrens, no nuthatches, no warblers, nothing but the occasional black capped chickadee. Even those used to be a lot more numerous. Not many of the feeder hogging house/purple finches either. I’ve also noticed an big drop in squirrels stopping by. Getting sad. Wonder if more cats around might be scaring them off? Less need for food from feeders right now due to seeds on flowers?July 13, 2020 at 12:23 pm #983044
It might be your particular neighborhood. We’re seeing a lot of critters over here. A lot more rabbits too. We walked over on Sunset and there were all sorts of birds; robins, hummingbirds, titmouse, a lone seagull flying with a fish! there are so many food sources right now. I had to dodge a bunch of snails on a sidewalk I regularly run on.July 13, 2020 at 12:26 pm #983047
Hmmmm…no titmice in the Northwest so maybe that was a nuthatch?
To be fair, very few birds in the backyard but just this morning, saw two Pileated Woodpeckers in the neighborhood hanging out on telephone poles!July 13, 2020 at 1:52 pm #983050
could have been a black capped chickadee. TBH, all little fat birds are finches in my eyes. It was my partner who called it a titmouse and I thought they lived here. it looked more like a titmouse than any of the other choices.July 13, 2020 at 2:48 pm #983057
That would be so great if titmice made it here, they are super fun birds!July 13, 2020 at 7:04 pm #983070July 13, 2020 at 7:09 pm #983078July 14, 2020 at 8:24 pm #983127
I’m in the Alaska Junction and we’ve had a spectacular bird year on our block. My neighbor is a wildlife biologist, Audubon person, and photographer who documented 40 species in April and May, including 5 she’d never seen here before. We have lots of big, old trees, gardens and cover, some feeders and a bit of moving water in some yards. I have a couple of birdbaths- one with a little solar powered fountain- and I’m getting lots of activity. I don’t see cats around outside, thankfully.July 15, 2020 at 8:37 pm #983233
Good thread! I’m also seeing fewer species, and in most cases fewer individual birds, and I think part of what’s going on is that juveniles are finally mostly feeding themselves from natural sources, so they’re not showing up as much at feeders.
I still have lots of chickadees (both Black-capped and Chestnut-backed), juncos, and House Finches, Song Sparrows, and of course Steller’s Jays and crows, and a bunch of Northern Flickers. Oh, and Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds. But it’s been a while since I’ve seen the tons of adult and juvenile towhees, bushtits, warblers, nuthatches, other sparrow species besides Song, grosbeaks, tanagers, etc., that filled my yard just a few weeks ago.
One key thing that brings lots of birds right up to my study window is water sources. I have a ground birdbath, two hanging birdbaths, and a bubbler, and they get traffic all day long. If you want more birds, try putting out a saucer with water!July 16, 2020 at 11:42 pm #983278
Maybe they all came to my house? We’ve had bushtits, towhees, song sparrows, white crown sparrows, chickadees, juncos, house finches, Wilson’s warblers, Anna’s hummingbirds, Steller’s jays, robins, northern flickers and another little woodpecker that I can’t confirm between downy, hairy, and 3-toed, and nesting Bewick’s wrens in the yard. We have a feeder for the hummer, but beyond that, just good habitat–lots of native shrubs, no pesticides, and when we had to have a large tree removed a few years back we had it snagged for wildlife. (I haven’t *seen* the pileated woodpecker on it this year but I’ve seen them there before and there’s evidence.) Between all the birds and the rabbits, my kiddo says we live in a Disney movie.August 3, 2020 at 11:11 pm #984683
I’ve got Bewick’s wrens nesting in my mailbox, and they’ve raised two clutches of chicks this year. I hung a tube feeder with nuts and fruits seed mixture, and every day I get lots of finches (house and purple), black capped and chestnut chickadees, juncos, and a few other species I can’t name, plus the occasional Steller’s jay. The feeder used to spill onto my porch and then squirrels would come on my porch, but I got tired of the mess and hung it further from my house, so I’m still getting birds but not squirrels. However, there is a hazelnut in the side yard and we call it the Squirrel Highway in fall when the nuts show up – it’s nonstop squirrels all day!
Near the Junction.August 4, 2020 at 8:39 am #984694
I recently watched a 2012 movie on Prime called “Birders: the Central Park Effect”. It featured Chris Cooper, the central park birder in the viral video who was accosted by the woman with her off-leash dog. He’s not just a casual birder, but a highly respected Central Park icon in the field. Never realized how many amazing birds there are in Central Park.
Herongrrrl, could your mystery woodpecker be a sapsucker?
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