I love this time of year when everything starts waking from its wintry slumber. Tulips and daisies bold with color as the grass turns almost a vibrant green with April showers. Hearing the birds singing early in the morning as the sun rises welcoming the new day. The smell of fresh-cut grass or the musky smell of the earth after a good rain. Spring is truly a sensory delight! With joy I think to myself, this is just the beginning!
So many exciting things to tell you since I’ve been gone with my computer down. I was standing on my patio enjoying the lush green color that comes with Springtime when a Pileated Woodpecker flew to the tree in front of me, unfortunately it took me by such surprise because they are such big birds that I don’t normally see in the yard but rather hear jack hammering the tree’s in the woods around our house, that I gasped which startled the bird and it flew away. About a week later the same thing happened except this time I was in the house (so it couldn’t hear me gasp!) and to my delight a second Pileated Woodpecker joined it! We have an old stump that we used to sit on that after many years has naturally begun to rot away and the big wood peckers seem to like searching for bug delights in it!
The Robyn has started building its yearly nest on the top of our front porch light again and the Bluebirds are back trying to decide which house they want to build a nest in this year! I was able to take out some meal worms for them from my meal worm farm which has been in the basement over winter where it’s cooler which slows their growth cycle. Now I’ll have to start fattening them up so they’re more nutritious for the birds as well.
When cleaning out the birdhouses this year to remove old nests, Blow Fly eggs, and coating the inside roof with wax so that bees can’t make paper nests on them, I was surprised and delighted to find one of the birdhouses already occupied with a Chickadee!!! My first ever Chickadee nest in my birdhouses, made of what looked like moss & feathers! OH JOY!!!! Can’t wait for baby Chickadee’s!!!!
On a sad note I haven’t heard the hoot owls in a few weeks so I don’t think they’ve taken up our invitation to use the owl house we bought. But who knows perhaps the Screech owl’s will use it when they come around this year.
And of course our regular birds like our Cardinals, Dark Eyed Juncos, Sparrows, Goldfinches, Chickadees, and Downy woodpeckers have been out and about the yard enjoying the Spring!
I have to identify a new hawk that’s been stalking my smaller birds but it’s so quick even on a fly by its been difficult to determine what type it is.
As long as we are on a wildlife subject I’ll also add that the fox has been sitting in the tall grass on the top of the hill watching everything going on down beneath. It jumped out at a bunch of crows that were at the top of the hill but was unsuccessful at catching any, which I always find comical to see.
And last but not least a big turkey with a nice long beard has been browsing the hillside and I believe I spotted two pregnant deer so far this year that hang out on our property.
I’m still without my main computer but hopefully soon I’ll be able to post more regularly again!
Thanks for Listening to Thea and have a GREAT DAY!!!!