28 March 2006

International Birds

Today saw the first returned Song Sparrow and there were Canada Geese overhead and along the shores of the river where the ice is starting to break up. American Robins have been occasional visitors for a couple of days. Still a few Common Redpolls coming to the feeders but they should depart soon.

Spent last week in England - same temperatures as here but windy and damp and it felt colder. No time to do serious birding but saw a good selection of the "easy" birds and were struck by what seems to be a population explosion of Magpies ...... flocks and individuals seemingly everywhere.

11 March 2006

Grackles return

An unseasonably warm day today with melt water everywhere and only the sun making things pleasant ......... March is indeed the "mucky month".

The good birding news, however, was the presence of three Common Grackles at our feeders mid afternoon. Those are the first spring returnees - we are encouraged. They started arriving in odd ones and twos and then by mid afternoon we had a flock of 15-20. Beautiful sight.

Unaccountably, many people detest Grackles but they have their good points ........ not just because they are one of the first spring birds we see returning north, bit also because they are just very handsome with their bright, miss-nothing eyes and their glossy purple heads.

A good garden list today also included our stick-around new friends the Carolina Wrens as well as another first for the year, a brief glimpse of a Northern Flicker.

01 March 2006

Coopers hawk

The Coopers Hawk didn't just make a pass this morning - he sat in one of the maples taking a good look aorund and allowing us get, as a birding friend of ours says, a "soul satisfying" look.

By the way ..... is the bird named after Mr Cooper or Mr Coopers? This is important so I know where to put the possessive appostrophe.