Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Siskin and Bluebird

Erika and I took a stroll at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in nearby Carver County on 11 January. We saw a number of new birds for our year list, including this male House Sparrow. These birds are introduced to America and obnoxiously common. One of the adbantages of keeping a yearly list is our delight of seeing a House Sparrow, adding to the list, and even photographing it.
Two other birds we saw were flagged as less often seen species. This tag just means that the birds occur less frequently than others on regional eBird reports. The Pine Siskin can be super abundant at feeders, but they tend to be sporadic. Bluebirds winter in our neck of the woods. Although they are not unheard of even further north, Central Minnesota is about the limit of their northern range. They are not common, but can be seen every winter.

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