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Spring: back on the wings of birds

March 17, 2014

Spring may come in like a lamb – or a lion – but around hear it has already arrived on the wings of birds. My feeder has been inundated with Dark-eyed Juncos, my yard with flocks of Robins and I heard a Red-winged Blackbird near the lake the other day. The Trumpeter Swans moved on about a week ago and the Chestnut-backed Chickadees are seriously depleting my supply of sunflower seeds.

The Winter Wrens have been here all winter, but now they are paired up. They are, of course, “scolding” as I walk by but now they are singing their beautiful song as they forage on newly bared earth. The resident Juncos are also “trilling” as they stake out their turf in the woods.

The Cooper’s Hawks have started to visit my feeder regularly in search of careless Juncos and I have seen midges out in the noon day sun.

Welcome back Spring!

Winter Wren

Winter Wren surveying a world without snow

Winter Wren

Winter Wren

Chestnut-backed Chickadee feeding

Chestnut-backed Chickadee feeding

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco – flocks are invading my feeder

all photos and writing copyright J.A. Siderius 2014

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