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Bird Blog: March 20-26 2005
|Red-breasted Nuthatch on suet||Same bird on the way down||Male American Goldfinch in the woods in my neighborhood||American Robin on the grass||Evidence of a nest at the shopping center||Northern Mockingbird on Wild Birds Unlimited® birdfeeder||House Finch with seed|
|Front view, same bird||Female Eastern Bluebird||Male of same species||Male American Goldfinch in shopping center tree near Wild Birds Unlimited® birdfeeder|
|Tufted Titmouse in tree waiting to go on feeder||Same about to take off.||A change of behavior: this Tufted Titmouse is retrieving a seed, and||cracking the shell open on the fake branch instead of flying to some faraway tree to do so.||Yellow-rumped Warbler made a surprise appearance after being away. This species winters in North Carolina (except the far west mountains), so we expect them to go away any day.||Tufted Titmouse on another trip to the feeder.||Same bird. Is some trust developing?|
|Female American Goldfinch at Wild Birds Unlimited® birdfeeder.||Male of the species at the same. Yellow summer plumage is beginning to predominate.||This American Robin preferred being in a tree, while||this one stayed on the ground.|
|A Northern Mockingbird found standing on a car in a shopping center||Same bird, looking my way||A White-throated Sparrow at the foot of the Wild Birds Unlimited® birdfeeder.||Another White-throated Sparrow in the woods||This Tufted Titmouse came to our birdfeeder and studied me very carefully.|
|Carolina Chickadee in a tree in the neighborhood.||Song Sparrow, Durham|
|Tufted Titmouse, with seed, during a rare moment when it wasn't eluding me.||Eastern Bluebird on another place in my neighborhood||American Robin in a tree in my neighborhood||Northern Cardinal|
|Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum), Durham. Mockingbirds have a reputation for variety in their songs, but this species comes in first with 1100 different, mostly original, song varieties. This bird was clearly a male.|
All were taken in Morehead City, all but the first at the waterfront.
|Mourning Dove, near Arendell St. motel.||Brown Pelican preening.||More Brown Pelican poses, looking down...||and at me.||Female Boat-tailed Grackle||Mystery seagull|
These very tame birds showed up in Morehead City eastward to Harkers Island.
|Northern Mockingbird on top of building near Arendell St. motel. Maybe this was the same mockingbird that I saw being chased by a cat, and stubbornly insisted on hanging around anyway!||Mourning Dove in a similar location.||House Sparrow in downtown Beaufort. Very well-fed!||Perhaps another House Sparrow in another location in downtown Beaufort.||Northern Mockingbird in flight at the Cape Lookout National Seashore office on Harkers Island.||Laughing Gull near same office.||Ring-billed Gull nearby.||Herring Gull also nearby. Note red bump on lower bill.|
These pictures were taken near the ferry dock at Cedar Island, which is part of a National Wildlife Refuge. Apparently when birds experience no interference from people, European Starlings, Brown-headed Cowbirds and House Sparrows (aka English Sparrows) dominate, while a few House Finches and Northern Mockingbirds make their appearance. Given the three imported species and the parasitic nature of the cowbirds, this situation shows the potentially grim side of NWRs.
|Male House Finch||Northern Mockingbird preening||Same bird||Male House Sparrow||Brown-headed Cowbird, one of maybe a dozen in a pine tree.||European Starlings definitely run the show around here.||A close-up of more of the same.|
Copyright © 2005 Dorothy E. Pugh. All pictures copyrighted.