Snowbird, A Bird By Any Other Name

I didn’t know there was another name for the snowbird until quite recently.  My dad always called the small slate-colored birds snowbirds so I did as well.

According to the Wild Bird Watching site,  Dark-eyed Junco get their nickname because of their sudden appearance around bird feeders in the winter.

They are a tell-tale sign of winter’s approach.  Interestingly enough, I noticed a group of these little birds, members of the sparrow family, earlier in the week.  Overnight we had our first frost!  October snow while rare is not entirely unheard of in the Kansas City area.

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Snow in October?!

At one point, the weatherman were forecasting a few snowflakes for today.  No snow yet thankfully.  They removed that nonsense from our forecast but it’s still 31 degrees out there at 10a.m.

This snowbird says no more denying the changing seasons.

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While I was sad not go on a fall bird-watching hike this week (I’ve been sick and freezing to death this morning seemed ill-advised as well), it reminded me how fortunate I am to live where I can simply step outside to see a variety of birds.

A Few Other Birds I’ve Been Lucky Enough To See Around Our House This Week:

A strange-looking line-man turned out to be a red-bellied woodpecker: snowbird A group of cardinals took up residence in the neighbor’s evergreen tree and I’m immensely enjoying watching them: snowbird snowbird I’ve counted about seven cardinals hanging around the front and back yard.  After looking up the name for a group of cardinals, I opted to call our group a college.  They seem like young party birds to me! snowbird A few sparrows are hanging out around the “college” as well.  snowbird

In addition to the birds pictured above, I’ve also been lucky enough to spot: a nuthatch, our resident Carolina wren, the tufted titmouse, robins, and a downy woodpecker!

What birds have you seen this week?

Joining in over at the Bird D’Pot hosted by Anni of I’d Rather B Birdin’

*This is also post #28 in my series, 31 Days of Embracing The Fall Season.

 

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6 thoughts on “Snowbird, A Bird By Any Other Name

  1. Phil

    Hi Jean. You do take a good photograph and I very much like those junco pictures and the first pin- sharp Cardinal. What about a vatican of cardinals? But I do like your college.

    Snow in October. No thanks. Good luck with that.

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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! Thankfully, we haven’t had a serious October snow since the 1990s. We just ended up with a few cold days and now it’s back to feeling pretty mild outside, I much prefer the mild weather.

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