Signs of Spring mean more than Daffodils!
Visits by a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and flocks of Cedar Waxwings signal the change is coming.
Yellow-rumped Warblers are seen, sometimes catching insects on warmer days.
Brown Creepers are often foraging on the bark of trees, in this case, a persimmon (Diospyros virginiana).
Red-breasted Nuthatches find plenty to eat, even checking the buds of American elm (Ulmus americana) for a treat.
The Song Sparrow has been singing for weeks. It popped up onto the woodland gate, more easily seen one day.
The Carolina Chickadee checked a leaf blown into the hydrangea for a tidbit.
Rusty Blackbirds come in some days in flocks of 80-100 or so birds. It's so hard to tell for sure! They are perfectly camouflaged in the shadows, overturning leaves for insect food or bathing in puddles or the basin. It's only when they fly up into the trees that their numbers seem to swell. Spring is a time of high contrast in light and in the weather!
Yesterday, in the midst of all the blackbird activity, I turned to see the Pileated Woodpecker in its fine bright plumage. It worked on several trees and ate some suet before calling and flying off to the south.
This Eastern Bluebird pair have continued to spend time here every day, finding insects on warm days and taking mealworms to supplement their needs. They seemed determined to make our yard their home! So, we put up the nest box again on 3-18-22, even though it was a bit late. Yesterday, our effort was rewarded!
This is the first time we have ever had nesting Eastern Bluebirds. After such a tough year for this species, we have high hopes for their success!
This morning, we had two Eastern Phoebes, fluttering around each other and the former nesting area. We think it may be the same pair that raised five chicks a few years ago. Maybe they'll stick around, fingers crossed!
Spring is springing!