Yup, just by making that the title of this post I know many people won't even read it. Yard birds are generally unexciting to anyone beyond the actual yard-owner. I get it. But it's all I got for you today.
I love knowing that for the next four or five months there will be Osprey flying over the yard daily. A couple weeks ago I gained two new yard birds within a couple days: Chestnut-backed Chickadees and Red-winged Blackbirds.
Last week I was sitting in the yard talking to my mom on the phone when I caught sight of a bird up in my ash tree. I put my bins on it and discovered it was a Chipping Sparrow! A pretty darn good yard bird for me. He stayed and hung out for a few days...
Finches are still the predominant (predominate? Why am I so good at English??) yard birds: House Finches, American Goldfinches and Lesser Goldfinches are almost always out there. I've been keeping an eye on one goldfinch in particular, One-Eyed Willy.
I'm not quite sure if Willy is female or male, it seems to be the only goldfinch left without much color.
Now for some more yard regulars...
One of the local male flickers (an intergrade) has been drumming on my chimney topper thingy almost every morning around 7:30. The sound vibrates all the way down my chimney and into the wood stove in my living room. The sound is nothing short of heart-stopping. Thankfully the dogs have gotten used to this morning serenade.
The yard visitors are not limited to birds.
And yesterday morning I learned that my yard birds are not limited to wild birds either. I looked out the window while fixing some coffee only to find this lady under the feeders...
She was strutting around eating all the sunflower seeds! Check out the video here where you can see her strut, hear Jake bark, and then hear the ruckus of him falling off the bed in excitement. After giving me a run for my money I gave up on the idea of herding her back into her own yard and went over to wake up the neighbors who own the chicken. It was a lot of excitement for early in the morning, but at least I finally got to meet the new neighbors (both human and chicken).
Good times and good yard birding!! If this is all too sunshiney happy happy joy joy for you, check out this website about the insane spring hunting sessions in Malta. It will bum you out for sure.