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Bird Blog:  January 2006

Durham, January 31

Tufted Titmouse, Durham, cracking open a seed on a bird feeder.  Unlike the other birds, which carry seeds to trees beyond the deck, this bird apparently has established a pattern of coming right to the back door and processing the seeds there.  At first we thought a woodpecker was attacking the house!

Durham, January 24-28

Eastern Phoebe, 1/24/06 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1/27/06 White-breasted Nuthatch, 1/27/06 American Robin, 1/28/06 Male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Durham, January 23

Male Purple Finch Carolina Wren

Durham, January 22

Male Downy Woodpecker Male Dark-Eyed Junc


Female Yellow-rumped Warbler

Durham, January 14

Red-bellied Woodpecker, my back yard.  I took this picture in very dim morning light, so image processing was necessary.

Durham, January 12

Male House Finch Northern Flicker Mourning Dove Chipping Sparrow Red-tailed Hawk

January 7-11

American Crow, Durham, 1/7/06 Song Sparrow, Lake Crabtree, 1/9/06 Dark-eyed Junco, Durham, 1/10/06 Female Northern Cardinal, Durham, 1/11/06 White-throated Sparrow, Durham, 1/11/06

North Carolina Coast, January 2-3

Canada Geese, Tundra Swans, etc., Lake Mattamuskeet, 1/2/06.


Female Bufflehead (Bucephalus albeola), Pea Island NWR, Dare County, NC, 1/3/06 Female and male Buffleheads, Pea Island NWR, Dare County, NC, 1/3/06.


Breeding male Northern Pintail (Anas acuta), Pea Island NWR, Dare County, NC, 1/2/06 Mostly breeding male Northern Pintails, Lake Mattamuskeet, Hyde County, NC, 1/2/06


Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens), seen on Pea Island NWR, Dare County, NC, on 1/3/06. These geese summer in northern Canada during their breeding season; adults and juveniles fly to the mid-Atlantic coast (among other places) in winter.

The goose on the left is apparently a juvenile, while the other is an adult. In flight. The geese with the black bodies and white heads are dark-form adult Snow Geese. 


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), Pea Island NWR, Dare County, NC,  1/3/06. Mute Swan, same time and place


Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus), Lake Mattamuskeet, Hyde County, NC, 1/2/06.  These geese were mavericks, avoiding the crowd at the southern extreme of the lake.


Tundra Swans, Corolla, NC, Dare County, NC, 1/3/06.  They were flying north at the time, as were a large group of Canada Geese.


American Coots, Lake Mattamuskeet, 1/2/06.  This is just a small part of a larger contingent, pictured below.


American Coots, most of entire group.


Song Sparrow, Pea Island NWR, 1/3/06.  This solitary bird showed up near the sound near to the road in some tall grass.

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