My first bird count for the 2008-2009 Project FeederWatch counting season!

Weather and Effort: November 19, 2008
When did you watch your feeders? Day 1:   morning   afternoon
Day 2:   morning  afternoon
Estimated cumulative time: 1 to 4 hours
Daylight temperature: 1 to 10° C (33 to 50° F) low
11 to 20° C (51 to 68° F) high
Daylight precipitation: None – –
Total depth of ice/snow cover: None


Checklist for FeederWatch California Region Birds

Mourning Dove 3
Anna’s Hummingbird 2
Nuttall’s Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Steller’s Jay 1
Western Scrub-Jay 1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 3
Oak Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
California Towhee 1
Fox Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 5
Golden-crowned Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 4
House Finch 8    (1 with eye disease)
American Goldfinch 2    (0 with eye disease)

Photo of Nuttall’s Woodpecker courtesy of Project FeederWatch


A Nuttall’s Woodpecker visited my count site Wednesday, November 19 although it did not eat from a feeder. I almost identified it as a Downy Woodpecker because they are the same size and have similar black and white plumage. However, the Nuttall’s Woodpecker has a mottled or spotted underside.

Nuttall’s is a small woodpecker confined primarily to the oak woodlands of California. Although Nuttall’s Woodpeckers are nearly confined to oak woodlands, they do not eat acorns. 

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