Well, I am back home in Santa Cruz, where we were greeted with gale force winds and pretty constant rain. Therefore, I haven’t really been able to get out and do any bird watching this week. Fortunately, our last few days in Alabama were very productive, and I was able to add another ten birds to the life list, including two nuthatch species, and two more woodpecker species. The nuthatches were especially satisfying, as I failed to see one when we were New Hampshire this October, despite several sightings by my father.
56. Carolina Chickadee
The Carolina Chickadee is my fourth Chickadee species. It is hard to distinguish it from the Black-Capped Chickadees I grew up with in New England, but as I saw it in Alabama, I can be sure of the ID.
57. House Finch
It is very difficult to distinguish House Finches from Purple Finches and Cassin’s Finches. I found some very useful information here.
58. Downey Woodpecker
Unfortunately the Downey Woodpeckers jumped off the suet before I could get my camera around. I spent the next hour with one eye on the window, but they never came back.
59. Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe at Aldridge Botanical Gardens, and my third Phoebe species.
60. Belted Kingfisher
I Saw the Belted Kingfisher several times at the lake by the Hoover, AL public library, sadly I never got a shot off with the camera.
61. Brown Headed Nuthatch
The Brown-Headed Nuthatch was much more common in my in-laws neighborhood than the White-Breasted Nuthatch.
62. Cedar Waxwing
We came upon a whole flock of Cedar Waxwings in Hoover, Alabama.
63. Pine Warbler
This juvenile pine warbler doesn’t have the bright yellow head and neck of the adult.
64. Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
The front of my in-laws house is full of woodpeckers, these Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers were in the trees outside the front window.
65. White-Breasted Nuthatch
The White-Breasted Nuthatches seemed to prefer lower branches and the trunks of trees, while their brown headed cousins perched much higher.