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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Birds of Spring

Besides our usual visitors the Downy & Hairy woodpeckers, the Chipping sparrow and an almost unlimited supply of Chickadees the last few days have seen the spring influx of both our summer residents and those passing through to parts north. The Robins of course have been here for some weeks and the Blue Jays and Cardinals are brighter and more vocal this time of year but its good to see the White Throated Sparrow, the White Crowned Sparrow and the Fox Sparrow passing through along with a Yellow Rumped Warbler getting a drink at our pond feature.

White Throated Sparroe

Also seen was our Red Bellied Woodpecker and a brief glimpse of the Pilated Woodpecker although there is lots of evidence of his activity in various decomposing logs around out property. I haven’t yet spotted them but both out House Wren and Song Sparrows are definitely here singing their little hearts out and looking for nesting spots along with the Rose Breasted Grosbeak and the Baltimore Oriole.

We have not been back on our bush trails for a couple of weeks but I know that the Trout Lilly are out and the Trillium’s are showing colour, I am hoping that the much needed rain forecast (after a week of mid summer temperatures) will both give all the flowers the little drink they need and give us a couple of breaks so that we can get back there and enjoy the show.As a bonus I have just seen our Ruby Throated Hummingbird at the feeder just put out yesterday in anticipation of his arrival, what a great week for outdoor enthusiasts.

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