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Practically every day in the winter I take some bird pictures.  I enjoy watching their behavior: which birdfeeder they go to, whether they prefer vegetable or animal fat, whether they try to hide or let their curiosity take over, how they relate to their mates and to other birds, and how they cope with competing squirrels.  But it's also interesting to note which birds come and how their plumage changes as breeding season comes and goes, patterns which are unique to this patch of urban Durham, NC, which is right on the edge of the Jordan Lake floodplain.  We have a lot of pines on our property and quite a number of deciduous trees, including beeches, sweet gums, winged elms, persimmons, white oaks, and probably thousands of others representing over a hundred other species (at least if you count all those pines that die before they're an inch tall).

We also are near some wonderful wild areas, such as Jordan Lake itself, just several miles down the road.  The Seaforth Recreational Area in Chatham County is especially impressive.  But most of the birds here have managed to get along in small undeveloped patches of a major metropolitan area.

I'm no bird expert, so if you think I've got an identification wrong, let me know.



Bird List:

  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Brown-headed Nuthatch
  • Osprey
  • American Bald Eagle
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Purple Finch
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Carolina Wren
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Song Sparrow
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Pine Warbler
  • Ovenbird
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Northern Flicker
  • American Goldfinch
  • Eastern Towhee
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • House Finch
  • House Sparrow
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • European Starling
  • Mourning Dove
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Wood Thrush
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • American Robin
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • American Crow
  • Blue Jay
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo


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