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We Have Some New Birds Arriving

Male Cardinal in Early Spring


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.

April 11 First Warbler - Yellow Rumped Warbler

April 11 First Warbler – Yellow-Rumped Warbler


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.

My dogs watching the rabbits eat bird seed off the snow on our deck


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.

The Dark Eyed Junco usually forage on the ground. In winter, they often forage in flocks. 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.

Dark Eyed Junco - They usually nest in a well-hidden location on the ground or low in a shrub or tree.

 

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.

 

Chipping Sparrows

Chipping Sparrow eating Birdseed Off Snow

This chipping sparrow was very happy to find the seed I left out for him.

Chipping Sparrow

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.

Robins are Not Impressed With the Snow
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.

The Red-winged Blackbirds Are Back in WIsconsin

The Red-winged Blackbirds Are Back in Wisconsin

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!

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