The Great Mess

Winter arrived today … they had promised us (at 8am this morning no less – meteorology is not an exact science here) some 10-15cm of snow but instead we got 2 or 3 and the rest fell as ice pellets and freezing rain so that it took almost a quarter hour on leaving work to scrape the steel-hard layer off the windscreen. Doubtless we shall soon have the real white fluffy stuff and blue skies and just a lot of fun but today has been nasty.

The bright spot, however, was that a Redpoll appeared in the garden and added itself to our annual species list which now stands at a nice 77 so far this year alone … I didn’t get any pictures so here’s an updated list for those who find this stuff interesting – remember these are just birds seen in the garden during this year alone:

SPECIES SEEN
From 1/1/2007 to 12/31/2007 ~ in Garden – B d’U ~ 77 seen
HERONS, EGRETS AND BITTERNS
Great Blue Heron
DUCKS, GEESE AND SWANS
Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Mallard
HAWKS, EAGLES AND KITES
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
FALCONS AND CARACARAS
Merlin
GULLS
Ring-billed Gull
PIGEONS AND DOVES
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
OWLS
Great Horned Owl
SWIFTS
Chimney Swift
HUMMINGBIRDS
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
WOODPECKERS
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
TYRANT FLYCATCHERS
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
SWALLOWS
Tree Swallow
KINGLETS
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
WRENS
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
House Wren
MOCKINGBIRDS AND THRASHERS
Gray Catbird
THRUSHES
Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
CHICKADEES AND TITS
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
NUTHATCHES
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
CREEPERS
Brown Creeper
CROWS AND JAYS
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
STARLINGS
European Starling
VIREOS AND ALLIES
Blue-headed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
WOOD WARBLERS
Tennessee Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Canada Warbler
TANAGERS AND ALLIES
Scarlet Tanager
SPARROWS, TOWHEES, JUNCOS
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
SALTATORS, CARDINALS AND ALLIES
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES, GRACKLES, ETC.
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
FINCHES, SISKINS, CROSSBILLS
Purple Finch
House Finch
Common Redpoll
American Goldfinch
OLD WORLD SPARROWS
House Sparrow

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