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Our friend, Richard Barnes, has out done himself this time! Just wait until you see this wonderful video compilation made up of all of the winter song birds (and some intriguing others) that have visited his Farmers Branch backyard over the last several months. Richard has captured some truly amazing closeups of these charming birds. Here’s the shortlist of species included this time around:

American Crow, American Robin, Barn Owl, Bewick’s Wren, Blue Jay, Brown Thrasher, Carolina Chickadee, Cedar Waxwing, Dark-eyed Junco, Downy Woodpecker, Golden-crowned Kinglet, House Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Northern Mockingbird, Orange-crowned Warbler, Pine Warbler, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Sharp-shinned Hawk, White-winged Dove, Yellow-rumped Warbler

This video creates an excellent example of the wide variety of song birds living right here with us in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. When considered along side the videos Richard has shared with us in the past, you can really begin to develop a feel for the way wildlife in North Texas varies with the changing seasons.

If you haven’t already, be sure and check out the other videos in Richards collection—you can find the links below. Afterwards, take a moment to let him know what you think in our comment section or on Facebook… a little glowing praise never hurt anyone!

Thanks for sharing this with us, Richard!

8 Replies to “Winter Back Yard Birds”

    1. Hi Richard
      I used to be a Safari Operator in East Africa operating out of Nairobi Kenya. I love wildlife. I used to offer Ornithology Safaris to clients from Europe…and I interested in birdlife in Southern California.

      I have a very dear friend in Fort Worth TX and Ihave just arranged to present her with a HummingBird Feeder and Food.

      I was checking if Hummingbirds exist in Fort Worth TX and I came across your name and what you have been able to lure Birdlife to your yards. I would like to help my friend get interested i Ornithology and I would like to receive some tips from you. Could you help me?

  1. That was 8 minutes of bliss – thank you Richard. (And Chris for posting.) I enjoyed trying to name the birds before the captions came up, and I definitely appreciate the captions and great video. Looking forward to the next video.

  2. Does anyone know why we are seeing so many birds here early this year. I have been seeing Robins, Bluebirds, Cardinals, all types of smaller birds since the beginning of February. Today walking my dog I saw a pair of Blue jays making a nest. I live in Flower Mound. I felt bad since nothing is growing yet so I put out a feeder.

  3. The lime colored bird in the opening looks like a female painted Bunting. The male painted Bunting is blue, red, green, and yellow. It looks a lot like a tropical pet bird has escaped, but it is native to this area. These birds are very shy and rarely come to birdfeeders unless there’s a scarcity of food. I live 20 minutes from downtown Weatherford and we have a pair of buntings that stick to the wooded edge of our 3 acre property overlooking the Brazos River. We have red House finches, the purple house finch mail looks like it was dipped in raspberry juice, woodpeckers, doves, and entire flock of American goldfinches, a flock of Pine siskins, the occasional cedar waxwing, very rarely robins, Ash throated flycatcher, purple Martins, swallows, Phoebes, black headed vultures, red headed turkey vultures, titmice, Eastern bluebirds, North Carolina Chickadee, dark eyed juncos, house wrens, crows, cowbirds, , over a dozen Cardinals (who are non-territorial in the winter), road runners, Ruby throated hummingbirds in large numbers, and large numbers of chipping sparrows. We have only one of the two non-native birds that are known to destroy blue bird nests, and those are starlings. The house sparrow seems to be absent, which is a blessing.

  4. That video was a delight – not only educational/ taught me the names of some birds I’ve appreciated, but not known the name of, but wonderful from a pure enjoyment standpoint as well! Thank you guys very much!

  5. This is a great video!!! Thank You for helping me know what I can now expect in our backyard, since we just moved to Northaven a Park , 4 mo ago. We saw a variety of birds initially, but now this past month, no birds coming to the feeder. Do you happen to know why? Maybe I should try suet. I haven’t ever done that. Any suggestions on how to see our feathered friends this Fall would be appreciated. Keep up the good work, Richard!

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