Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Saying goodbye ~Part 1~ The birds


When we arrived at Sickstas the beginning of April.

The Chickadees were checking out the housing.


They finally settled on the Moon.

its been a popular nesting location in the past.

I repaired it with Duct tape last year after it fell and broke.

I didn’t think they would like it..

They did..

P1120396When we first arrived the local birds entertained us.

Downy Woodpecker


Red-bellied Woodpecker



When we first arrived there were tons of American Goldfinch and Pine Siskins.

I was filling up the finch feeders almost every day.



We were waiting for the migrants..

The birds that come for the summer and stay…

and those that just pass through on their journey north.



The first feeder migrant and a local for the summer was the Indigo Bunting.



We didn’t get as many as in the past.

This year I counted four males and one female at the feeders.

In the past we have had at least six males and four females.





The second migrant and local summer bird was the Blue Grosbeak.

One male…and one immature male.

P1120460And then…one by one..


and two by two..

The Rose-breasted Piglets arrived…

I mean Grosbeaks.



I had to keep adding and rearranging the feeder set up to accommodate six males and four females..

They didn’t like sharing the feeders..



They liked the peanut butter suet I made.



It was fun and colorful when all three birds were around..

Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo bunting and Blue Grosbeak



As more grosbeaks arrived I put up more feeding platforms.





The Pine siskin and Goldfinch left bit by bit along with most of the White-throated

sparrows. I was putting out less and  less finch food.


In the video below you will see the  last feeder set up

Before all the Rose-breasteds packed up overnight a day ago…

and left….without even a goodbye..


Check it out..some great bird action!


The last few days have been slow at the feeders with the Rose-breasteds gone…

I took down the extra feeding platforms.

There are still plenty of Black and White Warblers around.

P1120866Gleaning insects from the trees..



The Scarlet Tanager has been wooing a female and will probably set up house soon.



I will miss all of that action..

As we have packed it up ourselves and heading north….

Trying to catch up the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.

Ohio here we come!



Here is a bird  list from one day at Sickstas home.

45 species total
Canada Goose
Black Vulture

 Turkey Vulture

Red-shouldered Hawk
Mourning Dove

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

 Pileated Woodpecker

Great Crested Flycatcher

White-eyed Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

 American Crow

Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

White-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird


Black-and-white Warbler

Hooded Warbler

Cape May Warbler

Northern Parula

Yellow-rumped Warbler

 Chipping Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Pine Siskin
American Goldfinch

1 comment:

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