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Archive for February 2nd, 2012

American Tree Sparrow

Here is a small selection of new images from my backyard set-ups. Keeping a fresh collection of perches handy does become a bit of a challenge sometimes, as I don’t want too many photos of birds on similar branches. With the lack of snow on the ground, the activity at the feeders is relatively low as the birds are foraging elsewhere for their food sources. However, once we do get another snow fall the activity will surely pick-up again. The number of American Tree Sparrows seems to be up more this year than in previous years and the House Finch and Dark-eyed Junco are, for the most part absent from my feeders. perhaps this is due to the very unusual winter we are having. I do love being in the blind during periods of snow and in the image below, that I captured last week, the American Tree Sparrow is resting on one of the perches after a period of significant freezing rain, followed by a good amount of snow. It really illustrates the elements that these little birds endure during the winter months.

American Tree Sparrow on icy branch in snowstorm

Black-capped Chickadee

Hairy Woodpecker

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