Testy Northern Mockingbirds.
The unseasonably warm February from the Midwest through the Great Plains created some movement among birds. One Saturday afternoon we had these backyard visitors…Some Eastern Bluebirds winter in Ohio, but not near our place. This day the bluebirds appeared, searching high and low for insects.
A pair of American Robins left the shelter of the woods to check for worms and larvae.
In the past decade, this is the earliest we have seen a Red-winged Blackbird in our yard.
A Northern Cardinal provides a splash of crimson amongst the gray woods and pale sunlight of December.
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.
A Black and White Warbler in its most natural state – hanging upside on a tree branch searching for insects. This photograph was taken at Headlands Beach State Park on the shores of Lake Erie.
As the winter knocks ever more loudly on fall’s door, most of the migrants have left central Ohio. Fortunately, birds such as the American Tree Sparrow stick around all year. Photograph taken at Blues Creek Preserve.
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.