|In the dead of winter, sunset light glints off the snow at Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve; 12/28/10.|
Winter Birds that I regularily see:
American Tree Sparrows, Red-breasted Nuthatches*, Snow Buntings, Bald Eagles, Ring-billed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Brown Creepers, Slate-colored Dark-eyed Juncos*. (*=Abundant)
Winter Birds that I occaissionally see:
Winter Wrens, White-throated Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Rusty Blackbirds, and Purple Finches.
Winter Birds that migrate to our area that I very seldom or never see are:
Trumpeter Swans, Common Goldeneyes, Buffleheads, Common Mergansers, Rough-legged Hawks, Long-eared and Short-eared Owls, Northern Shrikes, Gloden-crowned Kinglets, Lapland Longspurs, Evening Grosbeaks, Pine Siskins, and Common Redpolls.
|Two male House Finches enjoying the safflower seed, Rockford, IL; 1/5/11.|
|House Finches flock to my backyard feeder, Rockford, IL; 12/4/10.|
|A male House Finch's red breast and head are a bright spot in the white environment of winter, Rockford, IL; 2/9/10.|
|A female House Finch is not as colorful as its male counterpart, Rockford, IL;|
|A male and female House Finch, Rockford, IL; 11/7/09.|
|A House Finch looking for a perch to land on the feeder, Rockford, IL; 10/25/09.|