Friday, May 6, 2011

Spring Birds

The other night, as my friend Murray was leaving after our music jam session, there was this thump against the window as he opened the door.  I could see it was a robin, frantically trying to get in the window, in the dark. Yesterday, when I went out the door, this same robin, quickly exited out into the yard.  That was when I discovered the nest, on top of the light fixture, right beside our front door.  I know robins are very sociable with humans, but this is a little too 'in your face'.  So, for the next couple of weeks we are going to have to tread lightly and make sure we don't linger around the front entrance.  And then of course there will be the cleanup of little bird droppings, once the babies do hatch.  Don't get me wrong though, I love that the birds are that comfortable, that they feel they can build so close.

what a well constructed home

It is so pleasant to have the birds around the yard.  We have a beautiful pair of flickers, who do a lot of picking on the lawn.  I'm not sure, but I would almost assume by their frantic activity that their young have hatched and they are feeding them.

I'll have the window cleaner in first, next time!

Tuesday, two pairs of rose-breasted grosbeaks arrived on the scene.  The boys are a pretty pair, and feed quite contentedly together on the window sill.  I'm a bit surprised by that, because they are aggressive birds and I didn't think the two males would tolerate each other in the same territory.    The missuses of these gents are very plain little creatures by comparison, probably just as well, as the eye-catching men, would be 'sitting ducks' on a nest for any other creatures of prey.

I'm still waiting to see if the northern oriole will arrive back this year, although it was later on in the season before we actually saw them in the past.

We still have our usual winter assortment on the sill too: the chickadees, goldfinches, nuthatches and junkoes.  The price of a bag of sunflower seed garners us a lot of enjoyment throughout the four seasons.

And that is about all I have to say for today.

Musings and meanderings from the Musical Gardener.


  1. We have found that they return to their nests every year and rebuild. Can't say for sure they are the same birds, but the fact that all the nests appear again in the same locations, makes me think so.


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