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Bird Blog:  December 2005

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The birds of Penny's Bend on 12/28/05 were either friendly or just curious:

Male Eastern Towhee, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 12/28/05 White-throated Sparrow, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Durham County, NC, 12/28/05 Different bird, same time and place.

Great Blue Herons abound these days:

Great Blue Heron, Durham, 12/23/05 Great Blue Heron, Eno River State Park, Fews Ford access, 12/27/05 Great Blue Heron, Duke Gardens, Durham, NC, 12/30/05

Lots of action at the local Wild Birds Unlimited and in our back yard:

House Sparrows, 12/22/05 Song Sparrow, 12/22/05 This Song Sparrow (12/22/05) has managed to get very fat!


Tufted Titmouse, Durham, 12/22/05 Carolina Chickadee, Durham, 12/22/05, apparently balancing a seed on its foot. Carolina Wren, Durham, 12/22/05

These birds showed up in the neighborhood along a walkway on 12/21/05.

Carolina Wren Female Dark-eyed Junco White-throated Sparrows.  Thanks to Mary McDavit for the ID.  I guess the yellow "eyebrows" were the key.

Thanks to Wild Birds Unlimited, I had some great photo opportunites on 12/20/05!

Male House Sparrow eating a mealworm. Female House Sparrows Female Northern Cardinal

High bird season has come back to my front and back yards!

Carolina Wren, Durham, 12/17/05.  At first, this bird seemed wary when it saw me coming. Then it tried to face me down (doesn't it look fierce?), but eventually took off. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Durham, 12/17/05 Male House Finch, Durham, 12/19/05.  This bird appeared at the front yard feeder, and the harsh morning light called for some image processing.


Downy Woodpecker, Durham, NC, 12/16/05.  Again attacking my house!  Putting out suet has failed to deter this determined little beast. Northern Flicker, Durham, NC, 12/16/05 Northern Cardinal, Durham, NC, 12/16/05.  Cedar Waxwing, Durham, NC, 12/16/05.  Both of these waxwings were alone when photographed, at least half a mile apart. Cedar Waxwing, Durham, NC, 12/16/05


Downy Woodpecker, Durham, 12/10/05.  This little rascal had the nerve to fly up to our house and start hammering while I stood there! Female Northern Cardinal, Durham, 12/14/05 Red-tailed Hawk, Durham, NC, 12/16/05 Dark-eyed Junco, Durham, NC, 12/16/05 Dark-eyed Junco, Durham, NC, 12/16/05.  This bird was bathing very vigorously in a local stream.

Action on the far southern Atlantic NC coast:

Adult male Boat-tailed Grackle, Kure Beach, New Hanover County, NC, 12/12/05 Probably immature Boat-tailed Grackle, Kure Beach, 12/12/05 Juvenile Brown Pelican, Kure Beach, 12/12/05

© 2005 Dorothy E. Pugh