March 31, 2017

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:

Downy Woodpecker

Carolina Wren

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.