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Some Winter Birds of Centre County, PA

Most of these birds are common winter residents, or annual winter visitors. Pine Siskins are seen here in the winter in small numbers, but this winter we've been witnessing an irruption of these birds. I've had between 70-200 siskins at my feeders recently. The Harris's Sparrow is a rare winter visitor, that is less commonly seen in the eastern states.
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Harris's Sparrow, a rare visitor to Pennyslvania, breeds in Canada and winters from Nebraska to Texas.
Harris's Sparrow, a rare visitor to Pennyslvania, breeds in Canada and winters from Nebraska to Texas.
Pine Siskins breed in Canada and will winter in US.
Pine Siskins breed in Canada and will winter in US.
Hungry Pine Siskins will feed from your hand.
Hungry Pine Siskins will feed from your hand.
Pine Siskins are called 'an irruptive species' as they move unpredictably, based availability of their food sources.
Pine Siskins are called 'an irruptive species' as they move unpredictably, based availability of their food sources.
Pine Siskins show bright yellow under the wings in flight.
Pine Siskins show bright yellow under the wings in flight.
Pine Siskins at the nyjer feeder: this year I've observed up to 200 birds at my backyard feeders at one time!
Pine Siskins at the nyjer feeder: this year I've observed up to 200 birds at my backyard feeders at one time!
Pine Siskins and an American Goldfinch at the feeder.
Pine Siskins and an American Goldfinch at the feeder.
Pine Siskins are full of energy and move about constantly while feeding.
Pine Siskins are full of energy and move about constantly while feeding.
Female Northern Cardinal is a year 'round resident of PA.
Female Northern Cardinal is a year 'round resident of PA.
Male Northern Cardinal.
Male Northern Cardinal.
American Tree Sparrow is a winter visitor; here in a northern hemlock tree.
American Tree Sparrow is a winter visitor; here in a northern hemlock tree.
White-throated Sparrow is a winter visitor related to Harris's Sparrow.
White-throated Sparrow is a winter visitor related to Harris's Sparrow.
Tufted Titmouse: a PA breeding bird and resident.
Tufted Titmouse: a PA breeding bird and resident.
This bird was startled by my flash and dropped its prize.
This bird was startled by my flash and dropped its prize.
Titmice eat black oil sunflower seeds and really like peanuts.
Titmice eat black oil sunflower seeds and really like peanuts.
Titmouse and peanut.
Titmouse and peanut.
Tufted Titmouse with crest raised!
Tufted Titmouse with crest raised!
Black-capped Chickadees are PA breeding birds and also stay through winter.
Black-capped Chickadees are PA breeding birds and also stay through winter.
Chickadees are very acrobatic and often feed upside down.
Chickadees are very acrobatic and often feed upside down.
They just hang out and eat.....
They just hang out and eat.....
... in this case the food of choice is poison ivy berries.
... in this case the food of choice is poison ivy berries.
Ring-billed Gulls are often seen at Bald Eagle State Park until the lake freezes.
Ring-billed Gulls are often seen at Bald Eagle State Park until the lake freezes.
Herring Gulls (a juvenile in photo) are larger birds, and go for larger fish.
Herring Gulls (a juvenile in photo) are larger birds, and go for larger fish.
A Great Blue Heron robbed the fish from the Herring Gull. It is a very large fish!
A Great Blue Heron robbed the fish from the Herring Gull. It is a very large fish!
The Northern Shrike is a song bird that eats small song birds and over-winters at BESP.
The Northern Shrike is a song bird that eats small song birds and over-winters at BESP.
Coopere's Hawl, a large accipter, winters in PA.
Coopere's Hawl, a large accipter, winters in PA.
Sharpshin Hawk
Sharpshin Hawk
A smaller cousin of the Cooper's, is the Sharp-shinned Hawk; often seen around bird feeders.
A smaller cousin of the Cooper's, is the Sharp-shinned Hawk; often seen around bird feeders.
Red-tail Hawks are here year 'round in PA.  This hawk is being harrassed by an American Crow.
Red-tail Hawks are here year 'round in PA. This hawk is being harrassed by an American Crow.
This is one member of the resident pair of Bald Eagles at Bald Eagle State Park
This is one member of the resident pair of Bald Eagles at Bald Eagle State Park
Bald Eagles are large birds, but graceful in flight.
Bald Eagles are large birds, but graceful in flight.
Bald Eagle coming in for a landing.
Bald Eagle coming in for a landing.
Wild Turkeys can be found in open fields next to wooded areas.
Wild Turkeys can be found in open fields next to wooded areas.
This flock was photographed in a corn field near Bellefonte, PA.
This flock was photographed in a corn field near Bellefonte, PA.
Here are 7 females, that decided to leave as I approached.
Here are 7 females, that decided to leave as I approached.
However, it took the two males a little longer to notice me, since they were having a dispute over the females.
However, it took the two males a little longer to notice me, since they were having a dispute over the females.
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