We Have Some New Birds Arriving
Finally, spring is upon us! We have some new birds arriving and some lingering winter bird visitors still with us.
It was a long, hard winter in Wisconsin and Mother Nature gave us her last hurrah, a whopping 24 inches of snow.
Waiting For The Snow To Melt
While I waited for the snow to melt, I entertained my dogs and lured in a variety of critters by throwing seed onto the snow drifts on our deck. Our poor returning birds couldn’t find any worms or bugs and needed the energy to survive.
The Rabbits Are Teasing the Dogs
Scouty Rowdy Pumpkin Pie doesn’t mind the rabbits as much as Ms. Ladybug does. Maybe because Ms. Ladybug thinks that there is only room for one animal nicknamed Bugs in our lives?
Dark-Eyed Juncos Hanging Around
The Dark Eyed Junco usually forage on the ground, so they quickly made themselves at home next to some pine boughs I cut to take product photography pictures earlier in the week. In winter, Juncos often forage in flocks but I only had 5-6 at a time. They eat mainly insects and seeds.
They usually hide in a well-hidden location on the ground or low in a shrub or tree. Soon we shall say goodbye to them, until late in autumn. They only visit for the winter months.
The dark-eyed juncos are still around on April 24th. I think even they are confused by our winter this year in Wisconsin.
Read Dark Eyed Junco Birds at Feeder from my gardening section of the site if you wish to read additional information about the juncos.
This chipping sparrow was very happy to find the seed I left out for him.
He was selectively picking out certain seeds from the snow and had some rather silly mannerisms.
The Robins Are Not Impressed
The American Robins have been eating from my seed piles but tend to stick around the ice patches along my flower beds that surround the deck. After I noticed that they didn’t really care for my two beasts slobbering up the windows and watching them eat, I sprinkled seed on the ice patches and they were happy to eat in peace.
Back Up To Normal Temperatures
Crack out the sweatshirts and put away the winter jackets. Only a week after our last major snowstorm, and Wisconsin is seeing temperatures in the 50’s. Excellent birding weather.
Tomorrow, I am heading out walk a few trails and visit the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary to see what ducks, birds, and critters I run into.
Have a wonderful week my friends, see you back here next week!