The Goldfinches Are Back, And Some Other Birds In My Backyard.
The warmer weather we have been having here in Northeastern PA. is bringing back different migratory birds almost everyday. Yesterday the American goldfinches returned to my feeders. I love these brightly colored birds, although they lose their color in the Winter. You can see from some of the photographs I took yesterday, how they are molting and losing their drab Winter feathers and taking on their bright Spring colors. They feed almost exclusively on thistle seed I provide in one of my feeders.
The brown-headed cowbirds are at the feeders everyday and waiting to lay one of their eggs in the nest of one of the other unsuspecting birds who share my feeders. Sounds despicable but such is nature.
In addition to the newcomers, the year round residents are sharing the feeders with the newcomers. Black-capped chickadees, tufted titmice, nuthatches, chipping sparrows, and northern juncos are all fluttering around the feeders from dawn to dusk. And each morning the added voices of the new arrivals add to the songs of the birds outside my window.
I added a new page to my blog on which i will posts photographs of the different birds I encounter on my hikes or who show up at my feeders. If you left click the red highlighted words you will be taken to an album with photographs of that bird. Please feel free to ask questions or comment on the photos.
You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird . . . So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing – that’s what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.
Richard P. Feynman