Ups and Downs through Leap Day 3/1/24

March 01, 2024  •  2 Comments

We have gained almost two hours of daylight since the Winter Solstice.

Spring is on its way and that means ups and downs, in temperature and moisture.

 

2-20-24 Yellow-rumped Warbler2-20-24 Yellow-rumped Warbler 2-20-24 Yellow-rumped Warbler2-20-24 Yellow-rumped Warbler

2-21-24 Yellow-rumped Warbler2-21-24 Yellow-rumped Warbler
 

A Yellow-rumnped Warbler has been residing here in our woodland. On warmer days, it has been seen sipping sap at the sapsucker wells on the Sugar Maple by the pond. Then, it will sally out to catch insects and land in nearby shrubs. Conditions have been very dry, and it is often seen at the bubbler.

 

2-20-24 Eastern Bluebird pair checks nest box2-20-24 Eastern Bluebird pair checks nest box 2-20-24 Eastern Bluebird pair checks nest box2-20-24 Eastern Bluebird pair checks nest box 2-20-24 Eastern Bluebird pair checks nest box2-20-24 Eastern Bluebird pair checks nest box

The bluebird nest box went up at noon on 2/20/24. This pair of Eastern Bluebirds are pretty excited about their prospects! Nest building should begin soon, the pair were seen mating Wednesday, 2/28/24. 

 

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A Cooper's Hawk was seen on a warm afternoon, Monday 2/26/24 when it reached 78.1 degrees. The next day would be the warmest yet, and the hawk returned to take a long and leisurely bath in the stream bed. It was totally drenched and used this perch in the Bald Cypress to shake and dry its feathers.

Red flag warnings were up both Monday and Tuesday. When I walked through the east beds to look at plants, the leaves were crispy under my feet. These were dangerous conditions, extremely dry and windy. Birds were thirsty!

 

2-27-24 Tufted Titmouse2-27-24 Tufted Titmouse 2-27-24 Red-bellied Woodpecker2-27-24 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2-27-24 Downy Woodpecker2-27-24 Downy Woodpecker

Birds like this Tufted Titmouse were at the bird bath frequently. Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers, Carolina Chickadees and more kept up a steady parade at the bubbler, mainly to drink.

 

2-27-24 Mourning Dove2-27-24 Mourning Dove 2-27-24 Yellow-rumped Warbler2-27-24 Yellow-rumped Warbler 2-27-24 Eastern Bluebird2-27-24 Eastern Bluebird

The drying, gusty winds kept the birds low in the landscape, nervous about hawks and continually taking chances to drink. Mourning Doves, the Yellow-rumped Warbler and Eastern Bluebirds were just a few of the many to stop by. 

 

Around 1:30 pm, I stepped out to talk with Dan and immediately heard the first Pine Warbler of the year. Hope it will come in closer!

 


The high on Tuesday 2/27/24 was 83.9 degrees! By Wednesday morning, the temperature had plunged nearly 60 degrees to 24.6 degrees.

 

2-28-24 White-throated Sparrow, white form2-28-24 White-throated Sparrow, white form 2-28-24 White-throated Sparrow, tan form2-28-24 White-throated Sparrow, tan form

Activity remained high because the birds were still looking for water. Both white and tan forms of the White-throated Sparrow were early birds. 

 

 

2-28-24 Two Pine Siskins, one American Goldfinch2-28-24 Two Pine Siskins, one American Goldfinch

Pine Siskins were back eating seed at the feeder, for a quick meal in the cold.

 

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2-28-24 Red-winged Blackbird2-28-24 Red-winged Blackbird

Five Rusty Blackbirds and a single Red-winged Blackbird were in the swampy thicket foraging for good, A few of these also came to the bubbler.

  2-28-24 Yellow-rumped Warbler2-28-24 Yellow-rumped Warbler

The ubiquitous Yellow-rumped Warbler had an eye to the sky. Birds are always aware of danger! Hawks need to eat, too.

 

2-28-24 Mourning Dove, resting in leaves2-28-24 Mourning Dove, resting in leaves

Mourning Doves settled into the leaves to rest in the sunny, cold conditions.


2-29-24 Brown Creeper2-29-24 Brown Creeper

2-29-24 Rusty Blackbird2-29-24 Rusty Blackbird
2-29-24 Yellow-rumped Warbler2-29-24 Yellow-rumped Warbler

On Leap Day, Thursday, 2/29/24, our first Eastern Phoebe of the year was seen as it landed right outside my window in the sugar maple. It pumped its tail a few times and continued on. This is the earliest I've seen one, last year's first sighting was on 3/1/23.

A Brown Creeper came in and it looks to me like it has a tiny larva on its bill. One Rusty Blackbird was still around, and in the afternoon, our little Yellow-rumped Warbler was back on the sugar maple.

Get ready, it's almost time to turn those clocks ahead one hour!

Spring Forward

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Comments

Hummer Haven UnLtd.
Yes, Kraig. I heard it three times in a neighbor's pine to the south. Always a thrill to recognize that trill.

Margy
Kraig Paradise(non-registered)
Much exciting activity happening in your yard. Hearing a Pine warbler particularly.
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