New Birds coming to a neighborhood near you..

This morning I watched a Hairy Woodpecker feeding a recently fledged baby Woodpecker. She would go to the peanut feeder and retrieve a peanut, crush it up a little, and then she would climb up the tree to a young chick that was hiding in the upper branches.

I had been watching the Woodpeckers going to the suet feeder and gathering food and carrying it away so I knew there was a nest close by, but I couldn’t find it. I figured when the babies fledged they’d bring their new young ones to the backyard feeders and today was the day they showed up.

Hairy Woodpecker feeding juvenile

Hairy Woodpecker feeding juvenile

Last summer I took this photo on the 26th of June, this year the Hairy’s maybe were able to nest a few weeks earlier than normal.

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Another bird that is nesting nearby in the Spruce trees that border the yard is the Blackburnian Warbler. This spectacular little Warbler has a high warbly call that I could hear being repeated incessantly. His song wafted through the open windows the other day and my curiosity got the best of me so I went out to try and find him. The Spruce trees where he has been calling from are densely situated so it’s hard to see what could be hiding in there. I snuck around beneath the trees with my binoculars trying to see the bird (and to make sure that was the bird that was calling). I could locate the particular tree that he was in, but trying to spot the brightly colored bird was another story, he was doing a really good job at hiding. I didn’t want to disturb him,so I didn’t phish or anything to try and draw him out. At one point I saw something tiny fly by and I thought to myself, was that a big bug or was it a bird?, then I could hear him calling from another treetop. Once again he eluded me and my binoculars. Then I thought I need to get around to the other side of the trees where the sun was shining. And finally there he was – singing his little “ssee-ssee-ssee” song just as proud as could be.

Now, yesterday, when I got home I didn’t hear his little call and I thought maybe he had moved on to another Spruce stand where there might be more birds. I got a little bummed out thinking maybe my trees weren’t good enough. But alas, this morning – there he was singing his heart out again – in the rain, I might add. Make my Day!!!

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