First back-yard sighting of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird! (Last year’s first sighting also occurred on March 17. ) Today around 5:30 p.m. a male Ruby-throated came to the nectar feeder hanging outside the breakfast nook window.
Earlier this afternoon I had occasion to be in the gazebo. After a bit I checked to see if our pal the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was in residence. He was:
Look how well he blends in:
Then I heard a Pileated Woodpecker:
He spent about fifteen minutes on this hat-racked tree: