[va-bird] Purple Finch and Pine Siskin

After neighbor's weekend alert to possible Snow Bunting, I've been holding 
backyard feeder vigil this week early morning before heading off to the 
office and during my lunch hour.  Still no sighting of a Snow Bunting but 
the small group of Purple Finch and several dozen American Goldfinch 
continue to actively feed on sunflower chips (shelless).  I have been truly 
amazed at the diversity and numbers showing up in our backyard to feed, 
perch and bath in the small pond.  On a down note, another uninvited cat 
showed up inside our fenced yard three times, stalking and chasing the 
ground feeders.
Feeding frenzy is more likened to dead of winter with snow on ground.  Now 
I know our region is not lacking in plenty of wild plants with seeds and 
berries but they seem to be preferring the "commercial" grade sunflower and 
peanut chips, at least in our neighborhood.

Below are some pics of only a small sampling of backyard visitors taken 
yesterday.  Unfortunately the Pine Siskin flew in right after I had packed 
up the camera equipment.  Hopefully they will return


Purple Finch - http://www.birdsofvirginia.com/image_links/PurpleFinch_link.htm

Northern Cardinal - 
http://www.birdsofvirginia.com/image_links/NorthernCardinal-female_link.htm

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 
http://www.birdsofvirginia.com/image_links/RedBelliedWoodpecker_link.htm

White-breasted Nuthatch - 
http://www.birdsofvirginia.com/image_links/White-breastedNuthatch_link.htm




Brenda Tekin
Charlottesville, VA
(434) 962-4936/brenda@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

"Leave behind what you find; if you must take something, take pictures."



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