False Spring (Three Photos)

The unseasonably warm February from the Midwest through the Great Plains created some  movement among birds. One Saturday afternoon we had these backyard visitors…eastern-bluebirdSome Eastern Bluebirds winter in Ohio, but not near our place. This day the bluebirds appeared, searching high and low for insects.

american-robinA pair of American Robins left the shelter of the woods to check for worms and larvae.

red-winged-blakbirdIn the past decade, this is the earliest we have seen a Red-winged Blackbird in our yard.

A Winter’s Day ‘Round the Feeders

Slate gray skies melded into a misty horizon. Gusts of wind toyed with intermittent moisture. The birds did not care. They were gathered around our feeders; pecking or picking, squating or searching. While the weather was powerless to against the birds, the feeders cleared each time a Northern Harrier extended its search beyond the hay field to the west.

The below photographs are American Goldfinches, Downy Woodpecker, House Finch and a White-crowned Sparrow.

The feeders also welcomed the following species: American Tree Sparrow, Brown-headed Cowbird, Brewer’s Blackbird, Carolina Chickadee, Dark-eyed Junco, European Starling, House Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Northern Cardinal, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Woodpecker, Red-winged Blackbird, Song Sparrow, Tufted Titmouse.

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Hanging Out

Red-headed Woodpeckers seem to beg for attention.

Who doesn’t stop and stare for a moment at the boldly contrasting red and black and white colors?

How many of us have looked twice at the red-black-white-black color pattern seen as a Red-headed Woodpecker sails from tree to tree?

I marvel as Red-heads dropping from gnarled tree branches as if they were some exotic specie of flycatchers to snare insects in flight.

Here’s to the Red-headed Woodpecker.

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