Saturday, April 20, 2013
Spring? at Springbrook 2013
Spring migrants have arrived in full force at Springbrook, but they all look a little dazed. There were over 40 Fox Sparrows at a time at the feeders in the past few days scratching the snow back to find seeds near the soil. Usually we might see 6 or 8.
Our extended snowy season this year is making it difficult for many of the migrant birds. Swallows and flycatchers that depend on insects are having a hard time finding enough to eat.
This one spied the suet feeder and decided to try it out. I think he watched the woodpeckers and thought it looked easy.
But after many tries he finally got the "hang" of it, as can be seen below, and has stayed close to the suet feeder for over a week.
When there are many birds on the ground and close to the windows he will fly at them as can be seen below. I think his plan or hope is that one will fly into the windows and be stuned for a moment. Long enough for him to get a meal. I have not seen it work yet. But it must have worked once, as he keeps trying.
Forgive this anthropomorphism, but I asked this deer what she thought of this year's spring weather, and the picture below was her response.