This morning, I have been doing what I often do, messing about on-line. I looked out the living room picture window and spotted a House Finch in my Hawthorn, a bird I seldom see out back. I noticed another bird and went ballistic - not one, but several Western Bluebirds! That's a new yard bird, or at least one I've never spotted out back before. They were helping themselves to Hawthorn berries and I saw them also popping onto the lawn, coming up with worms, larvae and such.
|Western Bluebird in my Hawthorn, sporting the traditional Bluebird scowl|
|Who photographs me from yon window?|
After staring and taking a b'jillion Bluebird photos, I noticed there were loads of other species around too. The Anna's Hummingbird that enjoys over-wintering here every year was sucking down the sugar water. She had her back turned to me, which I guess I deserve, as I've been a little slow on refilling HER feeder.
Just as shocking was for the first time I can remember in the b'jillion years I've been in this house, there was two species of Goldfinches at the same time. The American Goldfinches, currently cloaked in their fawn winter outfits were at the waterer.
|For American Goldfinches stripes are all the rage this winter|
|Lesser Goldfinches Filching the Chard|
|Yellow-rumped Warbler, working the lawn for bugs|
|Skippy here, has ravaged the Hawthorn tree for months|
|A pair of Western Bluebirds bug hunting from the platform feeder|