On Valentine’s Day, I saw a new lifer and it was in my yard! A Merlin, I was totally shocked to see it there and sad, when I looked at the photos, to see it was dining on an Anna’s Hummingbird, no doubt one I have been feeding. I have photos but I know most people don’t want to see things like that. Neither did I, even though I know that’s nature, raptors have to eat, and if you feed birds in your yard, there’s a chance you’ll attract their predators, too. Still, a hummingbird…
This year’s Great Backyard Bird Count was held from February 15-18, sponsored by National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology. My birder friend, Karen, and I were going to go out that Saturday but she was sick so that didn’t happen. It was a gloomy weekend and, finally, on Monday, I wanted to have something to report on eBird.org so I sat in the yard for awhile. Here are some of the birds I saw. Most photos were taken on that day.
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon’s, male
He has been in my yard for the last several weeks but on the day of the count, a female of his species also showed up, just to get counted! I have seen her a couple times since then, too, very cute.
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon’s, female
Lesser Goldfinch, male
Gila Woodpeckers, male and female
My favorite little bird wanted to be counted, for sure:
And my rare bird for this area is still hanging around:
Broad-billed Hummingbird, female
Anna’s Hummingbirds, male
And an occasional visitor to our yard also showed up to be counted that day, 2 of them, in fact:
Rosy-faced Lovebird (along with Eurasian Collared-Doves)
Altogether, I saw 16 species in the yard that day in about an hour and a half.