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January 02, 2009


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Lana - hope I continue to see this girlie and maybe her babies! I'd love to see a video. Did you get the calendar?
Gallicissa - me too!
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear friend,
Happy birthday to you! (better than hearing me sing!)


Hope that will bring you lots of garden ticks in 2009! 1 Jan was by B'day.


Hooray for you! We love red bellied woodpeckers. They're prolific down here. The chicks are precious--particularly their clumsiness when 1st being taught how to peck. I'll try to get some video of that next year. It's hysterical.

The Zen Birdfeeder

ScienceGuy - sure was. We heard so many reports of them around too!
Seth&Michelle - thanks much and stop by again soon!
Connie - My 2009 list is going too, though not to high at this point, mainly yard birds. I just like the idea of adding a new yard bird on DAY 1!! Thanks for your visit!

Seth amd Michelle

What a great photo and what a wonderful start to the New Year!

Connie Kogler

What a fantastic way to start the new year. My first bird of the year seen was American Crow. First in my yard - American Robin. No unusual birds in my yard yet this winter.


It is always nice to check off another bird.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Toni - nice find and photos on the coopers. Juncos are a hard one to lose.
Chad - I'm hearing many reports of recent "first sightings" of the red-bellied. Good news when a bird is expanding its range.
Margaret - hopefully the scare tape will do the trick and you'll be back to feeding the woodpeckers instead of cursing them!


Hi Nancy and Happy New Year! It was nice to see you in the store over the weekend. Love your photo and am glad to see that this woodpecker is making inroads into our area. (Although I have mixed feelings as you know. Hopefully this gal won't like banging holes in my siding the way the Hairies do! I even caught a Downy at it - et tu, little one? :) I'll be making good use of your scare-tape as soon as I can get it up there. While I've heard RBs south of us, I had to trek to RI to actually see one (the Norman Bird Sanctuary is much-recommended for anyone in the area). Happy bird-blogging!


We had one of these visit our yard for the first time just last week. They are beautiful birds .


Seems like all of us are getting off to a good start with the birds in our back yards.

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