A little while ago, The Zen Birdfeeder tagged me with a meme; to name 5 new birds I'd like to see at my feeders. I could name plenty, if geography is no object, but to "keep it real" I'll stick to possibilities from our own area.
1. Painted bunting. I was delighted enough to see indigo buntings (which come through on migration for a couple of weeks in April every year,) but to spot one of these increasingly rare & incredibly colorful beauties would likely make me jump for joy.
2. Bald eagle. Of course, one of these at my feeders would indicate the loss of one of "the regulars," but they're such a rare sight in my life that I could live with that (besides, nature's red in tooth & claw.)
3. Great horned owl. Ditto on the sacrifice mentioned above.
4. Red-cockaded woodpecker. We've seen just about every other possible woodpecker out here. I'd be delighted to see one of these unfortunately endangered birds taking advantage of our yard in any way.
5. Wild turkey. Not just delicious, they're lovely to see in the wild.
In considering this meme, brown headed nuthatches came to mind. My regular readers know that we've had these delightful, little, endangered birds around in the past. Unfortunately we stopped seeing them after Hurricane Gustav blew through, which made me kind of sad. Ironically, leaving for work the day after I thought of them, I saw 2 of them pecking at a pine tree along our driveway. It seems that they ARE still around, after all & they're planning on nesting here again!
The bird pictured above is one of our regular, Winter visitors--a goldfinch in non-breeding plumage.