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Blackbird, Red-Winged

Really rare around here, Grandpa Roy has learned to recognize the male's call.

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Bluebird, Eastern

Bluebirds prefer meal worms. As long as there is a steady supply, they will be in the area all year round.

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The Buffleheads appear during the colder months.

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Bunting, Indigo

A beautiful bird that only goes to feeders when there are few insects, their primary diet.

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Cardinal, Northern

Cardinals are quite common at the feeders.

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Catbird, Gray

Called a Catbird because it sounds like a cat when calling. It also mimics the songs of other birds. This bird is a summer visitor to the feeders.

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Chickadee, Carolina

The Carolina Chickadee is another bird seen frequently at the feeders.

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Coot, American

This Coot has only been seen one fall season, in 2020. It was around for a few days and then never returned.

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Cormorant, Double-Crested

Species Number 64 behind the house. Frequently seen, but hard to photograph, as evidenced by the limited number of photos.

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Cowbird, Brown-Headed

The Cowbird is considered a pest at feeders and isn't observed very often.

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Crow, American

Crows are another common and nuisance bird.

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Dove, Mourning

Mourning Doves are the ones heard "cooing" in the distance after a rain. They prefer to eat from the ground beneath the feeders.

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Duck, Muscovy

Species number 68 swam down the lake right next to our bulkhead on 14 June 2022. It tried to join a small flock of Mallards. It was last seen in December 2022.

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Duck, Ring-Necked

The RIng Neck Duck is another winter bird.

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Duck, Wood

Photos taken through the dining room window are not very good, but they do document Grandpa's first sighting of this rare duck on the lake behind the house.

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Eagle, Bald

It is a real treat when a Bald Eagle makes an appearance.

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Egret, Great

The Great Egret is very rare in this area. They show up every few years.

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Finch, House

The House Finch is a common bird at the feeders.

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Finch, Purple

Species number 71 photographed at the house on 11 December 2022.

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Flicker, Northern

So far the Flicker has been seen only a few times.

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Flycatcher, Great Crested

These Flycatchers are seen over the lake in warm weather starting about April. It is rare to get a good photo of one.

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Goldfinch, American

The American Goldfinch is another common bird at the feeders.

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Goose, Canada

Very common bird, seen daily on the lake. Licensed people look for nests and "shake" the eggs so no young will hatch as they do not migrate and are considered a nuisance. As of spring 2022, it is illegal to feed them in the village.

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Grackle, Common

Grackles are an undesirable bird. They travel in flocks and empty feeders literally overnight.

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Grebe, Pied-Bill

The Grebe usually is alone on the lake. It appears during the colder months, though supposedly they are in the area all year round.

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Grosbeak, Blue

A North Carolina summer bird. Rare at our feeders. Species number 66.

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Grosbeak, Rose-Breasted

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak photographed and identified on 1 October 2021 is the 60th species photographed in the backyard. As it turns out, a female was at the feeders in October 2020 but was erroneously identified as a Chipping Sparrow. Those photos are now in this album.

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Hawk, Coopers

The Coopers Hawk is known to be in the area, but is hard to photograph.

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Hawk, Red-Shouldered

Red Shouldered Hawks are often seen in the area.

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Hawk, Red-Tailed

Red Tailed Hawks can be seen if one looks for them.

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Hawk, Sharp Shinned

The Sharp-Shinned Hawk is rarely seen in the area.

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Heron, Great Blue

The Great Blue Heron is a common sight on the lake year-round. It is the largest bird seen.

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Heron, Green

The Green Herons return every year to have their young in a nest across the lake. They are gone by late July each year.

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Hummingbird, Ruby Throated

The Ruby Throated Hummingbird is common during the summer. They fight at their feeders.

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Jay, Blue

Blue Jays are frequently heard, but hard to photograph around our backyard.

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Junco, Dark-Eyed

Juncos also are called Snow Birds. They are most common in the winter and usually feed on the ground beneath the feeders.

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Kingbird, Eastern

The Eastern Kingbird is a type of flycatcher, eating flying insects.

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Kingfisher, Belted

The Kingfisher is another hard-to-photograph bird though it is common along the lake.

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Kinglet, Ruby-Crowned

The Kinglet is rare because it actually prefers insects.

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The Mallard is a very common duck on the lake.

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Mixed Species

More than one species in the same photo.

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Mockingbird, Northern

The Mockingbird is seen at the feeders during the colder months. In the summer they are seen along the roads.

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Nuthatch, Brown-Headed

The Brown-Headed Nuthatch is a fairly common bird at the feeders.

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Nuthatch, White-Breasted

A fairly common bird at the feeders is the White-Breasted Nuthatch.

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Oriole, Orchard

Species number 74, the Orchard Oriole. Very rare as it prefers fruit. When that is not available, however, it will go after insects.

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Grandpa Roy photographed his first Osprey across the lake, high in a tree, in September 2011. In October 2021, he finally got a few photos with the better camera.

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Phoebe, Eastern

These Flycatchers are common during the summer months.

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Robin, American

Usually seen during the cooler months, Robins never go to the feeders but prefer insects and worms on the ground.

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Sapsucker, Yellow-Bellied

The Sapsucker is rarely seen in our backyard.

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Siskin, Pine

The Pine Siskin is another bird seen in the winter.

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Sparrow, Chipping

Chipping Sparrows are quite common and prefer to pick seed from the ground but will go to the feeders.

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Sparrow, Song

Species number 70 to be photographed. They were not around very long.

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Sparrow, White Throated

The White-Throated Sparrow is seen in winter in our area.

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Swallow, Barn

They build their nests under overturned boats now as a defense against Hawks and are rarely seen at Grandma and Grandpa's house.

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Swallow, Northern Rough-winged

Originally thought to be a Sand Swallow, grandpa's, additional photography actually confirmed it is a Northern Rough-winged Swallow.

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Swan, Mute

We have seen Swans on the lake only two times since moving here in 2010.

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Tanager, Summer

Species number 58 in the backyard. Rare for this area. The Summer Tanagers do not go to feeders.

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Thrasher, Brown

The Brown Thrasher is Grandma Bert's favorite bird. One usually can be seen at the feeders nearly all year round. They prefer to be on the ground.

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Thrush, Hermit

Rare in our neighborhood, Grandpa Roy first photographed a Hermit Thrush at Weymouth Woods last year.

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Titmouse, Tufted

The Titmouse is a very common bird at the feeders.

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Towhee, Eastern

The Towhee prefers to be on the ground beneath the feeders. It often is hard to spot.

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Vireo, White-Eyed

Bird species number 72 photographed behind the house. North Carolina is their breeding ground, but they are not listed otherwise as a local bird.

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Vulture, Black

Hard to identify as they resemble the Turkey Vulture so closely, but they are here.

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Vulture, Turkey

Unlike some areas, Grandpa Roy normally only sees one lone Turkey Vulture soaring high in the sky. Other areas will see a large number of them.

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Warbler, Pine

The Pine Warbler is another winter bird at the feeders.

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Warbler, Yellow-Rumped

The Yellow-Rumped Warbler appears during the colder months.

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Warbler, Yellow Throated

The 50th bird species that Grandpa Roy photographed here at home was the Yellow-Throated Warbler, a winter bird. It has not returned since these photos from August 2021.

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Waxwing, Cedar

Grandpa Roy believes the Cedar Waxwing is a beautiful bird. They are not around for long.

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The identity of this bird is uncertain, though several people in the birding groups Grandpa Roy frequents thought it to be a Wigeon.

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Woodpecker, Downy

The Downy Woodpecker is common in the area and prefers suet.

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Woodpecker, Pileated

The Pileated Woodpecker is rarely seen, but they are in the area all-year-round.

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Woodpecker, Red-Bellied

The Red-Bellied Woodpecker is very common in the area.

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Woodpecker, Red-Headed

Seen for the first time in summer 2021. The Red-Headed Woodpeckers rarely appeared in 2022, but so far in spring 2023 it has been to the feeders a number of times.

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Wren, Carolina

The Carolina Wren is another common bird with an uncommonly loud voice.

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Yellowthroat, Common

A bird that prefers to be high in the trees, but builds its nest close to the ground. Seen only rarely.

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