Birds I Saw on my Thanksgiving Trip

25 Nov
  • numerous gulls
  • numerous cormorants
  • Snowy Egret – 4
  • Common Egret – many
  • Great Blue Heron -2
  • numerous Canada Geese
  • numerous coots
  • numerous hawks
  • at least 2 Red-tailed Hawks
  • Bald Eagle – 1
  • American Kestrel – 12
  • American Robin
  • California Quail – 15
  • numerous pigeons
  • Mourning Dove – 2
  • Western Scrub Jay – 2
  • Black-billed Magpie – 4
  • numerous black birds
  • numerous crows
  • Common Raven – 4
  • Mountain Chickadee – numerous
  • House Finch – numerous
  • Dark-eyed Junco – numerous
  • White-crowned Sparrow – several
  • HOSP
  • Lesser Goldfinch – numerous
  • American Goldfinch – numerous
  • Pine Siskin – numerous
  • Cassin’s Finch – numerous
  • Pine Grosbeak – 2 (maybe)
  • White-tailed Kite – 1

female house finches

Sweet little House Finch lady at my parent’s feeder in Carson City

Pine Grosbeak?

Pine Grosbeak? (Evidently not. Just a strangely colored House Finch.)


Canada Geese

Canada Geese are heading south — we saw them all over the place.


California Quail

California Quail making themselves at home in Nevada!


Lesser Goldfinches

Lesser Goldfinches abounded. These were seen in Markleeville, CA.


Lesser Goldfinches


Lesser Goldfinch

8 Responses to “Birds I Saw on my Thanksgiving Trip”

  1. Trixie 25 November, 2007 at 11:05 pm #

    Your folks and I have the same pretty feeder. I had to modify mine, since our squirrels are so light.

    Glad to see you back. Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.

  2. mon@rch 26 November, 2007 at 5:43 pm #

    Pine Grosbeak! Ugg, everyone is seeing them this year! I really need to do some traveling! Also, love the yellow thistle bag!

  3. Susan Gets Native 26 November, 2007 at 8:26 pm #

    Were the geese WALKING south?

    : )

  4. lizalee 26 November, 2007 at 8:58 pm #

    Actually, yes, the geese were walking south — in that picture! 🙂

  5. lizalee 26 November, 2007 at 9:03 pm #

    Trixie — they don’t have squirrels there — isn’t that annoying? They do have a neighborhood cat who visits when they are away. But, it met BOTH dogs one morning so I think it’ll be staying away for awhile.

    Mon@rch — So it DOES look like a Pine Grosbeak? I just knew it was not a House Finch and the Pine Grosbeak looks like the best guess.

  6. Will 27 November, 2007 at 6:04 am #

    The bird in your picture is a male House Finch. The bird is way to small to be a Pine Grosbeak (think Robin size). Since it is on the same feeder as the female House Finches above it, the size is the same. Plus, Pine Grosbeaks do not have streaking in any plumage, immatures tend to look like females.

    Look up or to see pictures of male Pine Grosbeaks.

    Pine Grosbeaks are pretty big birds, and would not be able to fit on a feeder like that (if they came at all) unless that hanging feeder is huge.

  7. lizalee 27 November, 2007 at 6:27 am #

    Thanks, Will. I had looked at the other online pictures but size is so hard to judge that way. What really threw me was that in some of the pictures I have, the bird in question is with a male House Finch and the coloring is soooooo different. Must just be a weird male House Finch. Thanks!

  8. Will 27 November, 2007 at 6:32 am #

    I have seen male House Finches that a red, pink, yellow and orange, so there is a great deal of variation. Looking back at my pictures, size is very difficult to judge in pictures as even my Grosbeaks look small, but they would dwarf most feeder birds.

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