I’m getting way behind in posting backyard spring pictures! So here’s a nice collection of the birdie goings-on around Stoneybrook West… We have a pair of Brown Thrashers who have been making an appearance each afternoon in my back rose bed. They are quite regular. I wonder if they may have a nest in our viburnum? I had thought that I would trim it after the Painted Buntings leave, but I’ve had so many birds moving in and out of the bushes that I think I may have to wait until after spring nesting season is over. The American Goldfinches continue to grace us with their sweet calls and cheerful presence. I haven’t seen a male in the past few weeks. (Males are distinguished by their bright black heads.) The females continue to visit our niger feeder. Their feathers are turning brighter by the day. It’s going to be sad when they too leave us. The House Finches are bright red and they have started to sing as they attract their mates and begin to build their nests. They’ve learned to appreciate the Painted Bunting feeder, which has a cage surrounding it to protect the little birds from being evicted […]
We had a very tired Brown-Headed Cowbird hanging out under the feeders this afternoon. He just sat there snoozing as the other birds vied for the bird feeder ports above him. Goldy enjoyed watching!
We haven’t had many big flocks of blackbirds–Red-Wing Blackbirds, Brown-Headed Cowbirds, Common and Boat-Tailed Grackles–this winter. So it was kind of fun to look out and see a bunch of them congregated in the trees, waiting for their turn at the feeder. Feed us! Feed us! Where’s mine?
While Rich and I were at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge today, these brown-headed cowbirds pigged out at home.