Date: 1/1/18 4:26 pm From: Casey Rucker <caseydryfork...> Subject: New Year yard red-tails (Tucker)
A pair of soaring Red-tailed Hawks brightened the New Year above the yard today. It's been below zero here for at least five nights, and the birds are hungry. Approximate numbers: Mourning Doves - 80, Red-bellied, Downy, & Hairy Woodpeckers - 4 each; (who knows how to count Black-capped Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, and White-breasted Nuthatches at the feeders? I think I always undercount.); House Finches - 15; Pine Siskins ~150; American Goldfinches - 20; Dark-eyed Juncos - 80.
An Eastern Bluebird and a White-throated Sparrow visited the feeders last Friday. An unfortunate Carolina Wren has been showing up, but I didn't see him or her today. I'll bet their numbers will be down next summer, poor little guys.