Weekend Update

March 30th, 2008

The Eastern Bluebird couple seem to have taken a liking to the sunflower meats at the feeder cam. If they continue, this should help them with their own nourishment while they are snatching up juicy morsels to feed their young later on. I noticed a  Yellow-rumped Warbler at the suet feeder sporting its breeding plumage. This is a nice addition to the others that have put on a fresh wardrobe. I have also spotted the Red-breasted Nuthatch at the feeder cam and at the suet feeder. Never seeing them around before, this has been a great find here at WingbarsCafe.

I can see the Purple Finch are still around. I have a female right next to me on the window feeder as I type this. I thought I saw a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak at a sunflower feeder this week. It could have been a large looking female Purple Finch though. I need to check on arrival dates to see if that was even a possibility.

Hope you continue to enjoy your stops here. Thanks, Jim

Spring Is In The Air

March 25th, 2008

More birds are out in the tops of trees singing, looking for a mate. I was watching a Brown Thrasher on Monday doing just that. The Eastern Bluebirds I have been watching have decided to use our nest box. Some of the male American Goldfinch are finishing up their molt of the dull winter coat and sporting the bright yellow of mating season. We still have our wintering birds here, however with April around the corner, they will start to move along soon.

I could see one of the Eastern Cottontail Rabbits hopping through the woods this morning. It would be nice to see some young visiting the cracked corn tray later on. The White-tailed Deer in the yard continue to be a joy regardless of what they are eating. We had a fawn in the front yard this past week eating my fiancee’s flox. We all just stood in the window admiring the wonderful view we had of it. Thanks for visiting, Jim.

The Color Purple

March 18th, 2008

It has been a good day for Purple Finch watching. At the little window feeder in the office I was watching three male Purple Finch at one time. They must be moving back through on the way to their summer grounds.

Finches and Warblers

March 11th, 2008

The Purple Finch and Yellow-rumped Warbler continue to visit the sunflower and suet feeders respectively. Male American Goldfinch are starting their transition into their vibrant yellow breeding color. Right now they look like Pigpen from the Peanuts gang. The male and female House Finch seem to change very little throughout the year.

I have seen Blue Jays at the sunflower feeders out front. I don’t think they ever visit the feeder cam though. We still have the visiting Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow and Song Sparrow. The Eastern Bluebird activity has picked up and I am hoping the male has attracted a female to our nest box.

The White-tailed Deer herd moves into the yard on a regular basis to lick the cracked corn tray clean. By the way, if you feed deer and have a choice, get cracked corn to feed them from time to time. It is so cute to see them raise up from the feeder with the tip of their nose covered in yellow corn dust :-) I figure that is just a reminder that they clean off later. I am noticing the Eastern Cottontail Rabbit on a more regular basis around the yard and cracked corn feeder. Later, Jim.

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