Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Quiet winter day

Snow highlights the branching pattern of this Sycamore tree on campus.
Sticky snow on the Hydrangeas in the A21 courtyard makes a great hiding place for our feeder birds and creates a beautiful winter wonderland for the human inhabitants of the building.
White-throated Sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis (above), and Dark-eyed Junco, Junco hyemalis (below) share a snowy Hydrangea bush between flights to the feeder for seed. Other birds seen at the feeders today included Northern Cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis, and Black-capped Chickadee, Poecile atricapillus. The Song Sparrow, Melospiza melodia, and Mourning Doves, Zenaida macroura, have also been seen recently using the feeder, or seed scattered below.

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