Here's the recap in the order I saw the species:
Dark-eyed Junco 18
Black-capped Chickadee 13
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
American Goldfinch 8
Tufted Titmouse 1
Blue Jay 20
Hairy Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 1
European Starling 1
Mourning Dove 9
White breasted Nuthatch 1
American Crow 1
Brown Creeper 1
This was my highest species count so far this PFW season.
FIRST 15 MINUTES
Had a pair of eights in the first 15 minutes of day 1 - 8 juncos and 8 chickadees. Tough hand to beat.
DOUBLE DIGIT BIRDS
Juncos, chickadees, jays
A single Brown Creeper visited the yard...but I haven't seen him since! When present, the creeper is a suet eater, but only from the suet sandwich feeder that lies flat against the tree trunk.
A Sharp-shinned Hawk has been present during 5 of the last 7 counts but not this one!
A GOOD SECOND DAY!Absent the first day were the doves, White-breasted Nuthatch, crow (overhead) and the creeper. I reached the 5 hairy count on day 2, which turned out to be a very productive day!
With 5 Hairy Woodpeckers in the yard, there are sure to be some interactions between them. I noted 3 males and 2 females.
One of the most interesting and vocal is when two birds interact on a tree trunk, moving their heads from side-to-side while vocalizing. They move around the tree during this standoff until one flies off. Here's what the Stokes Guide to Bird Behavior Volume I has to say about this behavior:
- Done by male or female
- Done during winter, spring or summer
- Context: Given during intrasexual conflicts; also given to some extent between members of a pair in courtship.
It's very exciting to have 5 hairies in the yard at one time and watching them interact is a bonus!