A Milestone...and Spring Forward! 3-9-19

March 09, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

In the fall of 2014, I began this blog with no sure idea at all of how to do it or where it might lead. It just took a leap of faith. As of today, our visitor count has surpassed 40,000! Wow, I'm humbled and so very appreciative of your overall interest in what we share here. My hope has always been that each of you learn a little something new or discover an idea you might use in your own yard to help our native birds, pollinators and animals. There are so many ways to help them through the seasons with native plantings and moving water.

Now, it's time to Spring Forward! The last weeks of the formal winter season have been mixed with sun, snow, wind and rain. We've all grown tired of these varying shades of brown, russet and tan. We're ready for bluebells and poppies, geraniums and the spicy scent of golden currant! 

The birds are amping up their activity on bright days, chasing each other and looking for nesting spots. On dreary days, they stay busy looking for food. This Carolina Chickadee took a break to soak up a bit of sun. The Hairy Woodpecker was hammering away at this branch for larvae while the female Northern Cardinal did some acrobatics to get seed from the small satellite feeder.

 

Carolina Chickadee 2-26-19Carolina Chickadee 2-26-19 Hairy Woodpecker 2-25-19Hairy Woodpecker 2-25-19 Northern Cardinal female 2-28-19Northern Cardinal female 2-28-19

 

For the first time, I saw an American Crow get into the pond and bathe. They are very wary birds, so that was fun to capture.

 

American Crow bathing 2-27-19American Crow bathing 2-27-19
 

On the last day of February, I did a double-take when a male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker came in right after a female! They are both getting their breeding plumage. The female has the white throat while the male's is red. A composite photo shows them together.

 

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker female with white throat 2-28-19Yellow-bellied Sapsucker female with white throat 2-28-19 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2-28-19Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2-28-19

 

 

Two Rusty Blackbirds showed up that day, and a Song Sparrow visited the bubbler.

 

Rusty Blackbird 2-28-19Rusty Blackbird 2-28-19 Rusty Blackbird 2-28-19Rusty Blackbird 2-28-19 Song Sparrow 2-28-19Song Sparrow 2-28-19

 

Pine Siskins and Red-breasted Nuthatches are still coming in fairly regularly. They will be heading north come April, and give way to the neotropical migrants. 

 

Pine Siskins 3-4-19Pine Siskins 3-4-19 Red-breasted Nuthatch 3-4-19Red-breasted Nuthatch 3-4-19

 

Last night we attended a wonderful program given by Nancy Lawson, who has written a book entitled, The Humane Gardener. What a beautifully written book, we both learned so much from it. It's so good to hear from knowledgeable kindred spirits who care about the earth and its inhabitants. Here is a link to her website, do check it out!

 https://www.humanegardener.com

 

By my calculations, we have gained 2 hours and 9 minutes of daylight since the Winter Solstice. So, tonight we begin the adjustment to Daylight Savings Time.

Don't forget to set those clocks ahead one hour

 

 

 

 


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