Saturday, May 20, 2023

Spring Birds

 I'm pleased with the large numbers of birds that I'm seeing at the feeders this spring.  Some years things are very slow, but there are lots of visitors this year and it's lovely to see them all.

American goldfinches are in abundance this spring, higher than the past couple of years I'd say.  I've been routinely seeing 6 to 10 at a time visiting the feeder.  Here you can see several at the ports on the tube feeder and some on the tray platform.  There's also a female purple finch on the tray feeder. The white fuzzy blobs in the foreground are the anti-bird-collision dots on my windows.  

The goldfinches are even hanging about on the ground under the feeder!  That's not the usual spot for them, so it's a bit surprising to see so many on the ground.

I'm seeing a lot of the hairy woodpecker, who is enjoying the suet on offer.

There are a lot of purple finches around, accompanied by their more subtlely dressed mates.  This female purple finch looks a bit worried.

Maybe she's thinking that her mate is at the wrong feeder!  Yes, the purple finches keep coming to sit on the hummingbird feeder on the window.  Their beaks don't fit in the openings for the nectar, so I have no idea why they are visiting it.

I have far more white-throated sparrows than usual, almost always ground feeding.

Of course, the usual year-round birds are still here too, like the chickadees, even on wind-blown days.

The ever-present red-breasted nuthatches are always singing their fluted little songs.

I'm used to seeing the yellow-rumped warbler at the waterfowl park and even in the woods, but this is the first year they've been regularly visiting my suet feeder.  I'm delighted to have them!

The male and female downy woodpeckers are also frequent suet samplers.

Today, the "Merlin" app on my phone told me that I had an ovenbird in my woods, but try as I might, I could not find it to photograph.  However, I did have a moment of excitement with a new bird at the feeder today.  This is a female rose-breasted grosbeak.  I do occasionally have the evening grosbeaks, but have never had the rose-breasted before.  I hope she visits again and brings her mate!

I do love to watch the birds! (below, from left, American goldfinch, pine siskin, female purple finch, yellow-rumped warbler).


Michelle said...

It's interesting to me that we have so many of the same species even though we live on opposite coasts and different latitudes!

Sharrie Brockhaus said...

Really enjoy seeing your birds with your identifications. I miss having bird feeders. I am in Wisconsin between you and Michelle, but used to see many of the same birds.

porkpal said...

You have so many birds we never see here. Thanks for all the great photos!