Monthly Archives: April 2017

April 24, 2016

This Gray Catbird was finding bits of peanuts left behind on the vine by the woodpeckers:

Gray Catbird

And this Mourning Dove had me puzzled at first.  And then I realized it had dropped most of its tail feathers!

Mourning Dove

A few minutes after I photographed the Gray Catbird on the vine, a Downy Woodpecker showed up on the vine with a peanut.  It placed the peanut in a crevice in the vines, and, with blows by its beak, it broke apart the peanut.

Downy Woodpecker

Tonight I saw my first migratory bird of the season in my back yard:  a Black-throated Blue Warbler taking a bath in the bubbler, not long before sunset.  A little later, it came back:

Black-throated Blue Warbler

I hardly knew which way to look.  At the time the Black-throated Blue Warbler came back, I was amazed to spot three Gray Catbirds at once in the back yard:  one on the safflower feeder, one on the mixed-nut feeder, and one waiting for the mixed-nut feeder.  In the past, I’ve seen Black-throated Blue Warblers at the mixed-nut feeder, so maybe this one will stay a few days for the hospitality.

 

April 12, 2017

To Westminster Woods to see Gram . . . and the Ospreys.  One was up in the tall pine tree with a fish:

Osprey with Fish

The other, in the platform nest, called incessantly.  Some twenty minutes later, the first flew to the nest with the fish.

Osprey Delivering Fish to Platform Nest

A few seconds later, it flew out again, with part of the fish.

April 2, 2017

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).

Hermit Thrush

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.)

Osprey

In the late afternoon, a Yellow-rumped Warbler stopped by the bubbler for a drink: