That silly White-winged Dove is still around, too; even today in the snow. I say it’s silly, because this is a tropical bird!
Also around is a small flock of Evening Grosbeaks…one of my favorites. Today, a snow day for me, 8-10 are here…more than twice as many as the other day. Snow always brings more birds to the feeders.
I watched a red-shafted Northern Flicker feed at the suet-feeder, too. I realize they are a woodpecker-type, but I’m used to only seeing woodpeckers, chickadees and nuthatches do this. Well, and that goofy Magpie! I’ve got to get a photo of that…
I have a question, though. In the summertime, I can easily discern that about a third of the goldfinches in my yard are Lesser Goldfinches. How on earth does one tell them from American Goldfinches when they are not in breeding colors? I had assumed the Lessers leave…until at last, one came in still suited-out in bright colors. I got a picture, here.
Now I’m confused…do I still have both goldfinches here?
I do see subtle differences in goldfinches in winter; some have pale yellow heads, some are faintly yellow underneath…but how the heck to ya tell the unadorned males apart? And I’m not even gonna talk about how to tell them from females! I see some of the birds are pretty dusky, with very little yellow. But seems to me these could be either winter females OR winter males. [sigh] Is there some trick I should know for telling not only winter American from Lesser Goldfinches, but also winter males from winter females? My eye is just not good enough yet.
I would appreciate any help I can get.
Here is my November Yard-bird list:
Sharp-shinned Hawk, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Evening Grosbeak, Common Raven, Blue Jay, American Crow, White-winged Dove, American Goldfinch, Lesser Goldfinch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskin, Mountain Chickadee, Hairy Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadee, Dark-eyed Junco, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Common Grackle, American Robin, Northern Flicker - Red-shafted, Downy Woodpecker, Black-billed Magpie, European Starling, House Sparrow, Eurasian Collared-Dove