About 40 minutes later (the next time I checked), the birds were back and this new bird was there again. This time I was able to focus on it for a little bit to note the rufous coloured crown, a blackish spot on its chest and a yellow and black bill. Then, all the birds disappeared...again! This time, I went outside and flushed a Sharpie from a tree on the west side of my backyard. I no sooner turned around and saw a Sharpie (same or different...I don't know) land in a tree on the east side of my yard. I got to watch it for awhile (I still had my binoculars). It flew to cedar tree in behind my neighbours, then to a large tree a few doors down, then left. I headed inside and waited for the birds to return.
Eventually the birds came back and I waited to see if the new bird came back. It did, only briefly, and all the birds took off....AGAIN!! Sheesh! I am getting frustrated! I wanted to ID and photograph the new bird. So, I waited, consulting my Sibley's Guide. About 40 minutes later, there were still no birds to speak of....a porker of a house sparrow pigging out in my covered birdhouse, and an American Goldfinch at the finch feeder, perched very strangely. I eventually went outside, concerned something was wrong with the Goldfinch and flushed the Sharpie....AGAIN!!!
Finally, at about 4:15pm., I finally snapped some photos of the new bird! An American Tree Sparrow!! This is a life bird for me :) Here are a few pictures...
|My cat, Freebie, waiting for the American Tree Sparrow to return.|
|SCORE!!! The Sharpie didn't stop me from getting a photo!|
|Two American Tree Sparrows!|
|Note the bicoloured bill...didn't get a good picture of the spot on the chest.|
|You can somewhat see the spot on its' chest on this one....|