Birds that visit my NYC bird feeder

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I live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan at the back of a 12-story building on the third floor. A few months ago I bought a small plexiglass bird feeder which has suction cups that hold it onto the outside of your window. I also bought some fairly fancy bird seed.

I installed the feeder close to where I sit at the computer, near the window. At first no birds came at all, I think because the weather was still not warm then, and there were very few birds in the backyard.

Then when the weather warmed up, birds started to come, but our cat would sit nearby and try repeatedly to pounce on the visiting birds by trying to hurl herself through the glass of the living room window!

But then, sadly, we had to have our cat put down, because she was diagnosed with extreme chronic Kidney Failure. We miss her a lot because we loved her, but the cat being gone has made the birds' life considerably easier.

Since then, I have seen a lot more birds at the feeder. Having to take photos through the window glass and then through the plexiglass (sometimes two layers) does not give crisp image results, but the photos are better than nothing. I sometimes take bird photos morning and evening, but as yet I can't tell which individual birds are "repeats".

Here is a list of the species of birds that I have seen on the feeder so far. I will add others as I (hopefully) see more species:

Mourning Doves -- lots of them, and they sure eat a lot.
House Finches -- lots and lots of them, especially the females, but also the occasional very pretty male.
House Sparrows -- very few so far, surprisingly.
Cardinal -- Three males so far, just amazing when seen close-up. I did not get a photo of the second one. And on July 21st I got a photo of the female cardinal.
American Robin -- three so far, didn't get a photo in the feeder yet, but one on the tree near the feeder.
Black-capped Chickadee -- one so far (July 7th at 3:23 pm).

No Pigeons at at all as yet, and no Blue Jays either.

Our backyard has no garden in it, it's all concrete, but there is a big Ailanthus tree and a bit further east a White Mulberry, which is currently in fruit. The next yard over to the west has a lot of very tall bamboo, and the yards beyond that have several Ailanthus trees and a large-leafed Elm tree, also there is a young Princess Tree.
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Posted on July 02, 2021 09:18 PM by susanhewitt susanhewitt

Observations

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House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 21, 2021 08:42 AM EDT

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 21, 2021 08:42 AM EDT

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

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susanhewitt

Date

June 21, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 21, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 21, 2021 09:40 AM EDT

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Observer

susanhewitt

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June 21, 2021 08:05 PM EDT

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

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susanhewitt

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June 22, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 23, 2021 09:31 AM EDT

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 23, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 23, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 23, 2021 05:07 PM EDT

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House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 23, 2021 05:08 PM EDT

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 23, 2021 05:20 PM EDT

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 24, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

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House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 24, 2021 08:36 AM EDT

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

June 24, 2021 05:30 PM EDT

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

July 2, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

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House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

July 2, 2021 01:53 PM EDT

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Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

July 21, 2021 08:37 AM EDT

Description

The female cardinal. I have seen her and she has come to the feeder before. But now I finally got to photograph her.

Photos / Sounds

What

House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)

Observer

susanhewitt

Date

July 21, 2021 10:25 AM EDT

Comments

That's a surprising variety for an urban area! Nice pictures! :)

Posted by mbwildlife over 2 years ago

Thank you!

Since then we now do get the occasional feral pigeon.

Posted by susanhewitt over 2 years ago

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