The Feeder Feed: spring changes

Here is an update from the feeder.

Cardinals have grey areas… which could be an ecclesiological statement in some cases… as they change to their summer plumage.

I may have told you about the Flying Squirrel which was visiting for a while late at night.

Posting for the webcams.

Remember… it is a gliding tree rat.

Cranes were spotted in a nearby corn field on my mail run.

The male Goldfinches are getting golder even as they get bolder.  The House Finch already has on his brightest feathers.

I know the Killdeers are back and I have heard Bluebirds, though I haven’t seen them.  I have also heard Eastern Phoebe, but haven’t yet had a glimpse.

In the late evening, however, the Robins are singing like crazy all over the place.

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  1. lucy says:

    You’re making me homesick. Being a transplanted Pennsylvanian, I sorely miss the return of “life” in the trees and around the yard. California is alive all year long, making it more humdrum. Though I love my Meyer lemon and naval orange trees !

  2. tealady24 says:

    We have so many birds in our yard, along with wild turkeys, deer, and every other woodsy creature that stares at me when I shine my flashlight their way at night when I take my dogs out. I would love some birdfeeders, but we also have a neighborhood bear who troops through now and then and would not be averse to smacking my birdfeeders to smithereens!

  3. PeterK says:

    The red shouldered hawks in my neighborhood are especially vociferious right now. Saw 4 of them in one tree last week. and two days ago spotted two of them fighting over a small mouse

  4. The Cobbler says:

    “Remember… it is a gliding tree rat.”
    I understand they’re a pest, but you could choose an insult that doesn’t make them sound more amazing… You could say something about how they’re good eatin’, which at least makes them sound awesome to get rid of.

    (P.S. This is off-topic, but that strip about the analogy police does mean something to me, as I’m an intern myself currently…)

  5. irishgirl says:

    Nice pictures, Father Z-even of the ‘gliding tree rat’!
    It’s wonderful to hear the birds singing in the morning now. The only ones whose songs I recognize are the cardinals (I always say to myself, ‘Hi, Your Eminences!’) and the robins (always singing for rain for some reason!).
    On Friday I saw a heap of feathers on the road-I think a wild turkey met its end! Looked big enough to be a turkey! Pretty messy…

  6. wanda says:

    I always enjoy your bird pictures, Father Z. You have quite the variety there. The birds are getting more numerous and active here, too. I love your picture of Mr. Flying Squirrel, I’m sure he just came to look for the hamster. That flying squirrel is a cutie, he looks in the 2nd photo, as if he got caught in the act, well I guess he did. Thanks for the Spring up-date from the Feeder Feed.

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