At or near the feeder:
1 COOPER'S HAWK (boy, did everyone scatter fast when it showed up)
1 HAIRY WOODPECKER
1 FOX SPARROW
10 DARK EYED JUNCOS
1 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
1 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH
1 TUFTED TITMOUSE
14 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES
2 SONG SPARROWS
2 BLUE JAYS
I thought mine had gone also, but with the storm, they've reappeared in full force. Before then, it had been at least a week since I had seen them. They were still around today, until the sharp shinned hawk showed up. Not sure what time they'd usually leave my area (if at all) though, since...
Was on the phone about an hour ago when out of the corner of my eye I saw a larger bird land at my feeder. It was a sharp-shinned hawk! I have a sheppard's-style pole that I hang my bird feeder on and it was perched on top of the pole. I'm guessing it was going after some of the birds at my...
Spring snow storm coming tomorrow. Birds are seemingly stocking up. Had 10 dark-eyed juncos, two mourning doves, a couple of tufted titmouse, the usual plethora of chickadees, and a new one for me, a red-breasted nuthatch. Very excited about the latter.
Cool. Yes, I was reading they like water. There are a couple of bogs not too far away, one with a nice sized stream running through it. No water in the immediate vicinity though, but plenty of insects to eat (which are starting to emerge with spring). We'll see if the little guy sticks around.
There has to be some sort of bizzarro mind connection between me and this bird. Just as I was reading your post, I was thinking I better double check. At that moment, he came in again and landed on the branch. Lower mandible was all black (Pewee is orange-ish, according to my guide book) and...
Well, how about that? A few minutes after my post, the bird landed on a branch just a dozen feet from my window and stayed there long enough for me to have a very good look at it. Eastern phoebe, no doubt about it now!
First off, I'm very new to birding. But I could swear there's an Eastern Phoebe hanging out in my backyard! I'm in southern Maine, and they're supposed to summer here, but it's still early. However, on the rare bird alert, somebody reported hearing one last week just one town over.
Yeah, it is cool. Over here in Maine, early spring migrants are already here, and others are starting to follow. It definitely makes birding that much more exciting when you know there's a good chance you'll see something new with each outing.