I just got so lucky! I knew that I had Brewer's Blackbirds around b/c the other day, I saw one call and compared with the calls on Cornell site and it was spot on for Brewer's. I can't always be sure that it's a Brewer's and not a really small Common Grackle. Today, first day of the GBBC, heard one calling and saw a female feeding right next to a female Brown-headed Cowbird! They were almost identical except that the Brewer's was so much bigger, and her dark eye separates her from other female Blackbirds. Here are a couple of pics. The first one has the cowbird right next to her. In the second one, the cowbird is off to the left and the Brewer's is surrounded by female Red-winged Blackbirds.
Now if the Bronzed Cowbird and Pine Warbler would just show up, I'd have a pretty complete day. I've been in the mood to garden today though, so I keep scaring the birds away. Must control myself!
A friend of mine just saw the Snowy Owl this morning. I'm driving up there tomorrow when the weather is better. Hope its still there! It's been 10 years since a Snowy has been seen in Texas and that was up in the panhandle. This one is near Dallas. I'm just itchin' to go!
Just took these pics of a very wet Cooper's Hawk. If there had been even a bit of sun, I would so have entered these in the contest, but they are too dark and gray. Still, how funny looking is he!
I love the pictures. My bird count from the feeder was a bust. Sat looking out the window off & on & enjoyed a tufted titmouse--that was it. I think with our lack of snow cover that the birds found other sources of food. & the birds will show up giggling tomorrow.
Iris, that always happens to me. It wasn't a total bust this year but several birds that I see every day did not show up. My theory is that other people are doing the GBBC and have filled their feeders, so the birds are more spread out.
Wish I'd taken a photo of all the birders lined up taking pictures of the Snowy Owl for the GBBC contest. It was like a scene straight out of the Big Year.
Ha…Iris, We had about 1/2 inch of snow yesterday morning and so of course a bunch of birds showed up. I had okay numbers through the count, but not a lot of species. So yesterday I could have added a few more! rats.