On what will probably be our last visit to replenish the feeders at the MBO this winter we were very happy to see plenty of birds enjoying the warm sunshine and melting snow (there is a list below). A surprisingly high number of Purple Finch were around – we had had a couple in the garden yesterday as well – to the extent that eBird asked for confirmation of the numbers recorded. Red-winged Blackbirds conk-a-reeing from the trees, a few Grackles, House Finches, a smattering of Cedar Waxwings but surprisingly no American Goldfinch fro the first time this winter.
Early days yet, but with the unexpectedly early thaw – mind you rain and flurries forecast for the next few days – and the warm sun birds are beginning to strut their stuff.
Not only the birds being active – raccoon scat on the ground and a large and heavy seed feeder that hangs from a screw-threaded ring had been unscrewed and was lying on the ground with just a cupful of seed in it … busy little paws 🙂
The birds recorded in the hour we were there (roughly 11am to noon … or in bird hours 10-11am as they didn’t put their clicks forward last night llike the rest of us) were as follows. Photographs follow:
2 Canada Goose 2 Downy Woodpecker 2 Blue Jay 3 American Crow 8 Black-capped Chickadee 4 White-breasted Nuthatch 4 European Starling 2 Cedar Waxwing 12 American Tree Sparrow 2 Dark-eyed Junco 4 Northern Cardinal 7 Red-winged Blackbird 4 Common Grackle 6 House Finch 12 Purple Finch
A couple of hundred Canada Geese in the McGill farm fields an the return.