Birds in our back yard today:
To Westminster Woods to see Gram. Today we got good looks at a Great Blue Heron, an Ahinga, a Northern Cardinal, and an Osprey. Here is the Anhinga:
Just before 7:00 p.m., a Northern Parula took a speed bath in the bubbler:
To Westminster Woods to see Gram . . . and the Ospreys. One was up in the tall pine tree with a fish:
The other, in the platform nest, called incessantly. Some twenty minutes later, the first flew to the nest with the fish.
A few seconds later, it flew out again, with part of the fish.
To Westminster Woods to see Gram . . . and a few birds.
In the back yard toward the close of day:
Ruby-throated Hummingbird this morning:
We also saw the Hermit Thrush this morning. It won’t be long before it takes off for the north (according to The Crossley ID Guide, it’s one of the earliest to head north in the spring).
In the afternoon I went to Westminster Woods to see Gram. Another day, another fish for the Osprey! (In the tall pine tree between the Dogwood and Elm buildings.)
In the late afternoon, a Yellow-rumped Warbler stopped by the bubbler for a drink:
At the zoo this morning on a photo safari.
Now is the time of year when our back yard hosts an overlap of the winter birds, including Yellow-rumped Warblers, American Goldfinches, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Hermit Thrushes (all of which I’ve seen today), and the spring/summer birds, including Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Northern Parula (both of which I’ve seen today). Yesterday I spotted a Northern Parula for the first time this season in our back yard–taking a bath, of course.
All the year-round birds are present, including these two:
And, for the first time ever, even though this mammal is also one of the year-round usuals in my yard, I’m posting a squirrel on this site:
Speaking of squirrels, a safflower-seed-eating squirrel is now partaking of the safflower feeder. I’ve had this pole-mounted safflower feeder for over ten years, and it has provided its bounty in two different back yards of ours. Never before has a squirrel shown any interest in eating safflower seeds. In fact, I remember at our old house, a squirrel made its way up the pole to discover the safflower seeds, and then marched around the feeder, kicking off seeds, before running off for good. However, twice today I watched a squirrel sit hunched up on the narrow ledge of the feeder, and then pluck out seed after seed with its front paws, and crack each open with its teeth.
An aside: this morning I spotted a male Common Yellowthroat in the woods behind our house.