The Northern Cardinal is the only red bird with a crest in North America. The female is a lot duller almost tan compared to the male. They don’t migrate, so if you see them in the spring they should be around your area in the winter too.
The Carolina Chickadee is also a permanent resident and will not migrate. They look almost identical to the Black-capped Chickadee and the only true way to properly identify them is by the location of where you see them.
Their range goes up to central New Jersey across the US to Texas and south through the southeast states.
The Black-capped Chickadee’s range is from northern New Jersey across the US to Oregon and north up into most of Canada.
Here are a few more birds that I’ve seen at my feeders in my backyard.
Try to guess what species these birds are… let me know how you did.
Here’s the American Goldfinch. This is the male, they have very bright bold colors. In the winter their colors will vary from a yellowish brown to a gray. I’ve seen some that look greenish, the first time I saw that I thought I found a new bird species!
The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are still around. I’ve had a couple of females all summer long, then a couple of weeks ago I saw a male, but I haven’t seen him in a while.
I decided to put up my bird feeder a bit early this year, since I can’t do as much birding as I would normally be doing, I thought that I’d see if the birds would start to come back if I offered them some food…
Well I guess “if you build it they will come“ is happening…
I’ve started seeing a few more birds than I had been seeing this past summer. Like the Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Northern Cardinal, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Carolina Wren and Eastern Bluebird. Some are just more of the same, probably the adults with their 1st years that they are still teaching.
I have also seen a few birds that weren’t in my yard at all this summer. Like the American Goldfinch, Summer Tanager, House Finch and Chipping Sparrow.
I am keeping my eye out for migrating birds. Most of the Warblers should be passing through soon and I would really like to see some of them.
Here are some photos of the birds that I have been seeing. Try to guess what they are…
This is the Tufted Titmouse. See how it has a sunflower seed, those are their favorites. They will take one seed at a time and go off and break it open with their bill, then come back for another.
Here is a House Finch. A couple of weeks ago I saw one with a growth on its bill, but this one looked okay. I haven’t seen any in my yard for a few months, but now they’ve shown up again.
The Carolina Chickadee has been around this summer, but now they are more visible since I’ve put the feeder out.
Yesterday I went kayaking. It finally wasn’t too hot, so I went out to enjoy the lake!
There was some green algae on the lake still (it had covered most of the lake for the past few months), but a lot of the lake is clear now…
Here are some of the birds that I saw.
There had to be about a dozen Great Egrets. They were spaced out along the shore looking for food.
Here is the Great Blue Heron, there were over a dozen of these around the lake. I would see them up ahead of me while I was kayaking, then when I got a bit closer they would slowly fly off away from me only to have to move again as I continued down the lake…
Of course there were a few Canada Geese, but not as many as I had seen around recently. I’ve seen them flying in formation a lot lately, like they are getting ready to migrate, but I don’t think that these geese actually leave at all for the winter…
There were a couple of Pileated Woodpeckers foraging on the trees along the edge of the lake. They flew over my head when I stopped for lunch, it was nice to see them.