Backyard bird visitor

Backyard bird visitor

House Finches  from Great Backyard Bird Count by Don Rash

House Finches from Great Backyard Bird Count by Don Rash

I'm lucky to have many of these cheerful birds at my feeders - This is a male House Finch. - rueth

I'm lucky to have many of these cheerful birds at my feeders - This is a male House Finch. - female is much paler.Were released on Long Island NY, in and have since spread into much of the US.

Red-tailed Hawk  from Great Backyard Bird Count by Ann Marie Halstead

Red-tailed Hawk from Great Backyard Bird Count by Ann Marie Halstead

Hairy Woodpecker The Great Backyard Bird Count by Brian Oyer

Hairy Woodpecker The Great Backyard Bird Count by Brian Oyer

Mourning Doves (third place, behavior 2008)The Great Backyard Bird Count by George Ponder, AL

Mourning Doves (third place, behavior Great Backyard Bird Count by George Ponder, AL

Rufous-sided Towhees are not frequent visitors to bird feeders, but we were fortunate to have one visit for several days in 2011.  I sat out in the backyard many evening and watched him scratch around the feeders and eat. They do a unique back and forth hop to stir up the seeds on the ground so they can feed better.  Fun to watch!

Rufous-sided Towhees are not frequent visitors to bird feeders.

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