The Feeder Feed: spring is on the way

There are signs of spring at the feeder.

First, I have seen a Robin.  No photos yet.

Also, the Goldfinches are beginning to molt and change, at least in the case of the males, to their brighter yellow.

The Nuthatches are spending less time around the Chickadees, which are also singing more and getting more aggressive with each other.

And this fine fellow spent a few minutes in front of my window, distracting me from my writing.

Here you can get a sense of the feathers.Twitter

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  1. Random Friar says:

    Ah, His Emminence graces Fr. Z’s abode for supper!

  2. wanda says:

    “Hope” is the thing with feathers –
    That perches in the soul –
    And sings the tune without the words –
    And never stops – at all –

    And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
    And sore must be the storm –
    That could abash the little Bird
    That kept so many warm –

    I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
    And on the strangest Sea –
    Yet, never, in Extremity,
    It asked a crumb of Me.

    Emily Dickinson

  3. doanli says:

    Spotted a male cardinal sitting on one of my angel statues’ head this morning. Was very happy to see them again after this long winter!

  4. irishgirl says:

    I’ve heard the cardinals singing louder outside my window lately-a sign that spring is on its way!

    What beautiful pictures you always take of the birdies at your feeders, Father Z!

    ‘All feathered fowls, praise the Lord’ !

    May He be praised for the variety and beauty of His creation!

  5. This morning that same male Cardinal has been around at the feeder. I hope he and others will be permanent residents. He has been singing up a storm this morning.

  6. wanda says:

    I only seem to get Goldfinches when I put out the thistle feeder. Not sure why, but, they don’t seem to want the seed from the regular feeder. This a.m. I see a little woodpecker, not sure if he is Downy or Hairy, he very small. He is having some suet, thank you very much.

    Do you put up birdhouses Father or do they handle their own housing needs?

  7. There are some houses, but on the back side of the property. For blue birds, mostly. The wood duck house has been fun.

  8. wanda says:

    Oooh! Bluebirds, I was fortunate to see one once. Not at home, but in the nearby area. I’ll bet that is fun to see the Wooducks – have you seen the babies when they take their first flight/tumble/drop to the ground? I’ve only watched on the tube.

    Thank you for the great pictures, Father.
    Prayers for your safe travels.

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