Month: January 2015

House finches

House finch (Carpodacus mexicanus). Male house finches have red eyebrows and forehead with a brown cap, according to Kaufman’s Field Guide to Birds of North America. You can see the brown cap on the two fellows above. They also have a red chest with… Continue Reading “House finches”

Hairy woodpecker

Hairy woodpecker (Picoides villosus). In Field Guide to Birds of North America, Kaufman reports that hairy woodpeckers are less common than the downy. This is true at my feeders. So far, I have seen one female hairy. That’s it. Male hairy woodpeckers have a red… Continue Reading “Hairy woodpecker”

Downy woodpecker

Downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens). Male downy woodpeckers have a red nape. Females do not. Downy woodpeckers like both sunflower seeds and suet. Also insects. They have long barbed tongues for pulling insects out of small places, according to Birds of New Jersey. The challenge with… Continue Reading “Downy woodpecker”

Red-bellied woodpecker

Red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus). Red-bellied woodpeckers seem to be poorly named since their crown and nape are red, while their bellies have a barely noticeable red tinge. Their misleading name stems from the fact that another woodpecker is named the red-headed woodpecker. He has… Continue Reading “Red-bellied woodpecker”

European starling

European starling (Sturnus vulgaris). The European starling is a bird we should all dislike. It’s an invasive species. It’s overly aggressive with other birds, often chasing cavity-nesting birds like woodpeckers and chickadees from their nests, destroying their eggs and young. A mean customer. Nobody… Continue Reading “European starling”

Dark-eyed junco

Dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis). Have you ever seen any bird so cute? This junco looks like a cartoon figure where you draw a circle and then put on stick feet and a bulge for a head—with a beak. Then there’s the white bottom of… Continue Reading “Dark-eyed junco”

Mourning dove

Mourning dove (Zenaida macroura). Mourning doves seem to live everywhere except in forests. They are the most frequently hunted bird in the country, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. They often perch on overhead wires, making them ridiculously easy targets.  I’ve known some… Continue Reading “Mourning dove”

Northern cardinals

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis). Cardinalis means important. Cardinals are important to my happiness, that’s for sure. Cardinals coexist with other ground feeders without problem in winter. In the photos above, both a male and a female cardinal are ground feeding with a dark-eyed junco… Continue Reading “Northern cardinals”


Above is a photo of bird feeders in my garden. As birds come to the feeders and I’m able to get decent photos of them, the photos and whatever interesting tidbits of information I have gathered will be added to daysingarden. For vital information… Continue Reading “Birds”

January dreaming

Johnny’s Selected Seeds catalog arrived in December. Although many seed catalogs are still sent through the mail, and many more are available online, I tend to stick with Johnny’s for seeds, tools, and supplies. The first part of practical January dreaming is to sort… Continue Reading “January dreaming”