There was quite a surprise at the Bubbler early on Monday morning, 11-22-21.
These robust animals appear to be well-fed and may be the same pair caught on the trail cam last October.
Both Red-breasted Nuthatches come in daily, to drink, to find peanuts or seeds and even chase each other a bit. They're not present every year, so they always make me smile!
There have been one or two Brown Creepers seen every day as well.
A Yellow-rumped Warbler has come in to the water a couple times since the last post. And, the Eastern Bluebirds returned!
First, four males appeared. They were taking turns in the water, and one went to the Blackhaw (Viburnum prunifolium). It perched there a while. Was it on sentry duty or checking the fruit? The Blackhaw were just saplings years ago, spared when we removed all the bush honeysuckle. They've grown, flowered and produced fall fruit for the birds for a few years now.
A female joined the male, and when the male left, two more females came in. The House Finch found a spot, too.
Yet another male took over the basin, and chased out a chickadee to have the whole place to itself.
The bluebirds had also been down at the sump puddle. There may have been 10-12 birds in total, it wasn't easy to track them all! We're just glad to know they're more comfortable coming in to the water when they need it. It has been very dry. We had about 0.4" of rain overnight, which may change this level of activity.
The Dark-eyed Juncos had also taken time to bathe there since the basin was full of bluebirds!
Even a Red-bellied Woodpecker has been seen at the Bubbler lately. This species doesn't come to the water as reliably as the other woodpeckers.
On Monday, a large flock of American Robins descended upon the yard, first to drink, and then to devour the Blackhaw drupes.
A Northern Flicker was already in the shrub as the robins came in. Maybe the hard freeze that morning made the fruit more palatable.
The branches were swaying and bouncing with birds landing and grabbing the fruit. Each bird would eat two or three before taking off again. Even the squirrels couldn't resist trying them. It was a feast.
The next morning, a pair of bluebirds came in early to beat the robins to what was left. The male went to the Bubbler and the female had some breakfast. It's easy to see why our native plants are perfectly suited to our beautiful native birds!
If you'd like to view all the photos since the last blog post, grab a cuppa and begin here: Photos since 11-14-21