The Feeder Feed: catching up

I have been on the road a lot so I haven’t been posting on the feeder activity.

Right now zillions of Robins are moving through, chowing down on all the berries and small fruit from the trees and bushes.  They are heading south in great numbers.

There must have been a hundred of them here yesterday.

I am not sure who this is.  I think it is Lincoln’s Sparrow on the way south from its summer haunts in Northern Canada.  Just one that I have seen so far.  [NB: I had meant to write FOX Sparrow.  I am glad a commentator jumped in.  I think he is right.]

There is a very tony Cardinal-ette hanging out today.

With a little sunlight.  Makes you wonder if she uses some sort of mousse.

The birds assure me that they are always happy to take your donations.  They eat like starving fiends and I get stuck saying Masses for their benefactors.  Sheesh!

Actually, now that I think about it…. everybody wins that way, right?

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  1. torontonian says:

    I think your new visitor is a Fox Sparrow, especially if you notice he’s a little bigger than your other sparrows. Not a regular visitor in your neck of the woods. He’s probably migrating through.

  2. Supertradmum says:

    I am so jealous, as I am living in a space where there are very few birds, probably eaten over the centuries. I love robins, as thrushes are some of my favorite birds. As to the sparrow, I, too, think it is the Fox Sparrow, which is redder than the Lincoln’s and has more white on the tummy. It is hard to judge from a photos, albeit, an excellent photo.

  3. torontonian: Yes, I think you are right and I actually meant to write FOX Sparrow. Thanks for jumping in! And, yes, this critter is a larger sparrow. It was the little grey streak in the tail that really caught my eye.

  4. mrsmontoya says:

    Thank you as always, Fr. Z. I miss the Z-cam, by the way. There were a few times a year ago when I found myself awake at early hours here on the Pacific Coast and it was always a joy to bring up the Z-Cam and watch the night grow dim and fade into sunrise. Perhaps it would be an act of charity to bring it back online? (Perhaps it would TAKE an act of charity to bring it back!)
    By the way, thanks to your posts about the birds and their eating habits, I installed first one and then a second thistle-sock in our tiny suburban backyard, and we now have a gang of goldfinches visiting morning and evening! I had only seen one at a time previously, visiting the bird bath for water, but within a week of the first sock going up they were here. How do they know?

    Blessings upon you and your feathered friends, Father.

  5. Jacob says:

    Always pleased to see some Cardinals infiltrating Twins country. ;)

    May their brethren farther south do well in their affair with that group out of Texas.

  6. irishgirl says:

    Nice to see the birdie pics as always, Father Z!
    Jacob: yeah, I want to see those other Cardinals win the World Series.

  7. Supertradmum says:

    My great – uncle was the Scout who discovered Stan Musial and played for the St. Louis Browns. My mother is from St. Louis and needless to say, the family is nutsy about the Cardinals. Go Cards….

  8. CatholicCaliGirl says:

    Awwwwww, my kid sister LOVES birds, she’ll love these, thanks!

  9. mike cliffson says:

    No parish, but a busy priest, masses said for the birds’ benfactors………
    Forgive me the pun, but surely this adds a whole new dimension to the old idea of a “Chantry priest”?

  10. rodin says:

    My husband and I enjoy watching the birds at our feeder. I have wondered how you get such good photos. Do you have one of those digital camera binoculars?

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