Although the Spring is on now, it’s manifesting slowly. What I mean by this is: We have nights and morning on the cold side and then slowly warms up to a normal spring temperature. Or, sometimes , rains for a few hours and then warms up. It’s hard to predict what exactlythe weather is going to be.
I’ve noticed more activity in my backyard lately. the amount of bird traffic is more than it was two weeks ago, however, It is less than it was in prior years. By measures of quantity of feed consumed , indicates and increase. It means that more birds are eating the seeds I provide them.
Most birds do not show at the same time it’s obvious, I can not see every bird that may show up therefore I can not take photos of all birds that show up during the day.
For today I have a gallery for you , despite the rain and the cloudy dark sky. I hope you will enjoy what I shot for you. The NorthernCardinalsare not included (You wait for Saturday and you’ll see them as usual).
This time I’m going to skip writing about weather. I prefer writing about what’s going on in my backyard. Little by little, the amount of birds is increasing because they are returning from their migrations. I have photos of twelve species on today’s post not including the Northern Cardinals (Saturdays only).
Red-winged Blackbird (M), he’s been flitting around and trying to find the best way to get the seeds he likes. He arrived with a group of cowbirds.
I have a couple of Northern Mockingbirds that are changing the relax old ways in my backyard. They have a nest in a Holly Tree near my front porch. The male (Sheriff) is so dedicated now to shoo the other birds from the deck feeders. I think he’s waiting for new family and wants to have food for the female that rarely shows up to eat.
For a few days I’ve seen a group of Brown-headed Cowbirds coming to eat and then leave then come back again hours later to do the same…(what’s new about that?)
House Finches as usual, show up in couples and later will show up in groups of new families.
Carolina Chickadees are a fixture in my backyard, so full of energy. They are lovable little birds.
The Field Sparrows are pacific birds that only fight among themselves. They are nice behaving with the rest of the birds.
Mourning Doves are many too but believe it or not they are aggressive and pushy with other birds and they are even more aggressive with their peers. (So much for peace…)
This solitary Pine Warbler minds his own business and avoids all conflicts. I think he’s planning on waiting for a mate to show up and live happy ever after.
European Starling, it’s part of a group of blackbirds coming and going.
Song Sparrows have been nesting in my backyard for many years, I see them all year round. They hop all over , top and bottom of the deck and everywhere. Good guys though.
My new addition in the backyard are the Downy Woodpeckers. Cute little fellows, they don’t hang out too long so you have to act fast if you want photos.
Finally…the Carolina Wrens that nest here also, they can be heard all the time but love to move fast on the ground, where they prefer to feed themselves. Love their powerful voice.
We may have entered a better weather pattern for a change, I don’t really know for how long…I don’t care, I’ll take whatever comes.
Birds are taking longer to come back to this area, compared to previous years.I can’t wait to see more birds and shoot more pictures of them, I miss the busy bustling in the backyard. My son Tyler went on a School Field Trip to the Etowah Indian Mounds in Georgia and he bought me the most beautiful pen. It’s a wooden pen,hand carved (See picture below). I was very delighted by this.
The past week we had a teaser two days samples of Spring, on which we had sunshine and semi-warm days (Low 60º F). The sudden new energy of seeing bright and warmer days worked on me, also, was inviting for my avian friends. Those sunny days inspired me to sit behind my camera and wait for birds to appear…my plan paid off! I had the opportunity to shoot photos of a variety of birds. (See photo gallery)
I set my birds up, cleaned their feeders and filled them with plenty of seeds and water, then little by little the birds showed up! That was really rewarding.
Today is a different story whatsoever, it is raining buckets! At 8:00 am we got phone alert message from Tyler’s School saying that all children in School were being moved to a shelter because of high winds and possibilities of tornados.
We’ve had thunders and heavy rain so far. I hope we never get to see a tornado in our area.
Most likely that you already, the East Coast has been under another “cold wave”…Again!
This its how it went: We were having very low temperatures for a few days and then when it warmed just a bit, it snowed, not much, just about 2 – 3 inches and immediately after the temperature plunged back down making things going from bad to worse. The snow froze and it was only ice everywhere. Our Schools have been closed ALL WEEK! Then from that point, things got more complicated for everyone. Many stores closed because their parking lots were like ice skating rinks!
Many roads were closed because the icy conditions. In other cases, people that went on the road despite the warnings suffered the consequences by getting into costly accidents, the amount of accidents was tremendous.
Seems like it’s going to warm up lightly today, it’s sunny but still frigid. My birds are still there and eating a bit more. I can’t wait for Spring!
I got some pictures for you from before and after the snow.