I was enjoying a libation at the kitchen table this afternoon when I caught sight of the Hermit Thrush in the bubbler, and the Nashville Warbler and a male Northern Parula (the first time I’ve spotted one this year!) nearby in the oleander. Mad dash to the closet where my camera was zipped up inside the camera backpack. By the time I cracked open the sun room door, the Northern Parula had taken off.
Two days ago, an American Robin and a Gray Catbird were both at the bubbler in the afternoon And yesterday morning I saw three American Goldfinches in the woods just behind the feeders. Looks to me that the males are getting their breeding plumage. Certainly they–and others–are going through the seed faster than before. The woodpeckers, not to mention the Tufted Titmice, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and Mockingbirds, are hitting the suet feeder in the pergola more often, so today I put out a second suet feeder–the upside-down one that the woodpeckers love.