I have seen the male Purple Finch at the window feeder just about every day since I first spotted him. A new arrival yesterday was a female Purple Finch. Also spotted just the day before that was a male Northern Flicker going through the debris of our firewood supply. I had a brief view of one of our hawks in the lower branch of a tree just behind our fence. By the time I located the camera and got back………..yeah. From the size and tail markings, I would guess a Cooper’s or a Sharp-shinned Hawk.Filed under Updates | Comment (0)
As spring approaches I am watching the feeders for new arrivals. Although we have Purple Finch that winter here, they did not hang around our area this time. I have reported seeing one or two during this season though. I had the pleasure of getting an up close view of a male Purple Finch this week at the window feeder. It was in rotation at the feeder with American Goldfinch and House Finch. Once you have seen a male Purple Finch, it makes it easy to spot the difference between it and a male House Finch.
I have spotted the male Eastern Bluebird at the nestbox a few times and am looking forward to having more chirping babies where we can hear them at the kitchen table. I have freshened up a hummingbird feeder in anticipation of some activity from the few that winter here and south of us. Karen at Birdwatcher Supply has banded a number of wintering hummingbirds in our general area, including a Rufous Hummingbird that was visiting her feeder.
The White-tailed Deer continue to visit the corn tray. We will sometimes see as many as eight deer in our yard and just outside the fence. When Susan and Tyler headed out this morning, there were two of them at the feeder. They are used to the sounds of cars and garage doors, and carried on with their breakfast unruffled.
Need more coffee……..Later, Jim.Filed under Updates | Comment (0)
Had a little time today to watch the feeders. I saw one male Purple Finch at one of the sunflower feeders. This year they moved on through to other wintering grounds. This one was a pleasant surprise. At the cracked corn feeder I was able to identify both Song Sparrow and Chipping Sparrow feeding along with the multitudes of Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, Mourning Dove and Northern Cardinal. At the suet feeder I had the pleasure of watching a Pine Warbler nibble on the suet blocks and then follow it up with some sunflower. The deck feeder was mobbed with American Goldfinch at various times during the day.
Other than those mentioned before we have Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Brown-headed Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, and House Finch dining at the seed feeders. At the suet feeder we have Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Mockingbird and Carolina Wren.
In my efforts to always make sure there was corn for the White-tailed Deer, I noticed that I was going through a 50 pound bag a week. They obviously appreciated that as the number of the concurrent visitors had increased noticeably. That was getting a little much and I had cut back slightly on how much I put out at a time. They are such a cool yard critter though.
I dropped in a new look for the website. I still have more work to do on it, however I really like the new theme. Later, JimFiled under Updates | Comment (0)
What a wonderful evening we had here tonight. The first party was just the girls. I looked out and saw four White-tailed deer eating out of the cracked corn tray. While watching, I realized there was another one in the back yard. As I was calling the family to the window, we saw three more just outside the fence snacking on the vegetation. We hadÂ not seen that many together before here. As the deer in the yardÂ were all trying to eat out of this one foot square tray, there were brief squabbles over who had the right to dine there. They all seemed to get a turn and we were just enjoying the show. Then the neighbors dogs barking started to make them a little uneasy and they all moved on.
Thinking the show was over, we started back to preparing dinner. I looked out a few minutes later and discovered the “boys” were having a night out together as well. I quickly notified Susan and Tyler that we had bucks in the yard. Tyler and I had seen a buck on one or two occasions, however Susan had never seen them in the yard. But this time we had three bucks! They all seemed to be different ages. One was a six point with antlers intact. The next one was a one point as it had already dropped one of its antlers. The final and smallest one only had the nubs where the antlers would be or had been. The two older bucks moved on after they had their fill. The youngest one stayed until it had licked the tray clean. Once I was sure the coast was clear, I refilled the feeder. I decided to turn on the flood light in the back yard a little later and could see movement again. I only noticed one deer and quickly turned the flood light back off to give the deer its privacy.
One quick note. If you live in the southeastern US, it is bluebird time. Make sure your nestboxes are ready. They start as early as January looking for suitable nesting sites. Later,Â Jim.Filed under Updates | Comment (0)