As I haven’t done a photography post in awhile, I thought it might be nice to share some photos of the birds who’ve been visiting my backyard lately. Some of these, like the Hermit Thrush above (who is also in several more photos here), are seasonal residents in North Carolina. Others, like chickadees, cardinals, jays, finches, and most woodpeckers, are year-round residents, although their activities change with the seasons. For example, I haven’t seen any jays or finches at my feeders in several weeks, although I know they’re in the neighborhood because I can still hear them. (They’ll likely be back when the weather gets cold.) So, you’ll see a mix of new and familiar faces in this batch of photographs.
Another note: I am participating in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Project FeederWatch for the first time this year, and I am looking forward to it (or, I should say, I am enjoying it so far). Project FeederWatch is a November-April survey of backyard birds. Participants count birds at regular intervals and record certain behaviors. The data helps scientists track bird distribution and abundance across North America. It seems to me a nice way of giving back.
I hope you enjoy these photographs.