Mudcat Café message #2602241 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #117366   Message #2602241
Posted By: maeve
01-Apr-09 - 11:11 AM
Thread Name: BS: Birdwatching 2009
Subject: RE: BS: Birdwatching 2009
Pine siskins and purple finches visited us yesterday, and about 4o Canada geese flew over the house early this morning. The birds that are accustomed to flitting through the pine grove near the house will find homes and cover in the pines on the other side of the brook where red-eyed veeries and many kinds of warblers nest. We have gradually cleared away the nearby pines, with the notable exception of 4 huge old white pines, to increase sun exposure and make space for the young apple orchard.

My Truelove cleaned out the bird houses along the fence bordering our largest veggie garden, and added a few different houses in other locations yesterday. Bluebirds and swallows are due back anytime now. I've also been putting out orange halves for orioles & tanagers, who especially enjoy them. It's still chilly, but the feathered ones are a-moving toward us. It's nearly time to fill the hummer feeders; maybe in a couple of weeks the male Rubythroats should be here, hungry after a long migration. We try to start offering specialty food a couple of weeks before the early arrivals show up.