Keeping watch

Our resident Cardinal family always shows up as a group.  It never fails that one or two males come in and find a high spot to scope out the situation.  They let the rest of the family go in and eat and then they usually have some form of competition to decide which is the dominant one before moving in to get their turn at the feeder.

We see them swoop and chase each other for a while before the group settles back in and starts feeding again.  They seem to like their space while feeding.  It is pretty rare to see two going to the same feeding station without a fight breaking out.  I guess it is good that I have several feeders available so they can spread out.  Just one more observation of how different birds have their own behavioral patterns.

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Not an owl

My wife often thinks that she hears owls when the mourning doves call.  It is a hoo, hoo sound but very distinctive to the mourning dove and actually the origin of the “mourning” name.  I enjoy watching them in my yard and don’t even really mind when the make that whistling sound when the fly suddenly to the sky when startled.

The bird is really beautiful when you can see the variations of color and markings of its plumage.  They tend to like feeding on the ground but they also like platform feeders.  Lately, when I put seed on my platform feeder, I get a variety of larger birds competing for a turn.  Doves, Blue Jays, Thrashers and Cardinals all come and try to push their weight around to get at the seed.  The doves don’t fight much but they are large enough to scare away smaller birds.  Seems like they get plenty enough to eat none the less.

Mourning Dove
Roswell, Georgia

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Nuthatch

Nuthatches are fun to watch.  They don’t seem to stop moving for more than a second or two.  You can see them going up and down the sides of trees with their heads pointed downward.  I have both white-breasted (shown here) and brown-headed nuthatches in my yard.  They behave the same way but look considerably different.  One of the year-round visitors to my bird feeders, the nuthatches are a always entertaining.

White-breasted Nuthatch
Roswell, Georgia
April 26, 2018

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I’m hungry momma

While we have been anxiously awaiting the appearance of baby Bluebirds, many of the other residents have had their young flying around already.  A family of House Finches came in yesterday with their young.  This one was waiting near the feeder for its parents to bring food.  You could see the wing-flapping display that baby birds tend to do when ready to be fed.

It surprises me at how quickly the little ones get to be the same or nearly as big as the adults.  When you see them up-close, you can see how the feathers are not a smooth but at first, it is hard to tell the juveniles from the adults.  It is a wonderful rite of spring to see all the little ones out there!

Juvenile House Finch
Roswell, Georgia
April 26, 2018

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Keeping busy

Well, my bluebirds have been quite active even if I haven’t seen any babies yet.  They are going round gathering food and visiting the nest all the time.  I love to watch these and all my other colorful little feathered friends.  Seems like they’re all very hungry these days.  The suet feeders get emptied out pretty quickly.  I suppose all that nest building and mating activity takes a lot of energy.

Eastern Bluebird
Roswell, Georgia
April 24, 2018

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Changing colors

So, I guess the transformation from winter molting to spring’s finest colors has not been completed all around.  I have been noticing a fair number of goldfinches as bright yellow spots through the backyard.  From a distance, they look like a ball of solid yellow color.  When you see them a little closer you can still see patches like on this guy’s back where the color has not brightened fully yet.  They are still a beautiful addition to the spring color pallet.

Goldfinch
Roswell, Georgia
April 24, 2018

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A little shy

Aw gee, you don’t want to take my picture do you?  This handsome little finch with his head cocked to the side had so much personality.  I have noticed that they seem to be more vibrant recently which is probably for mating season.  It could be that colors just seem more alive now that spring is here and the rain has washed away some of the pollen.  Whatever the reason, I am enjoying it.

House Finch
Roswell, Georgia
April 22, 2018

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