EVEN MORE BIRDS – Marilyn Armstrong

Do NOT complain about my birds. I am so thrilled to have my feeders up. When I ramble into my kitchen for morning coffee, there the rails and feeders are all aflutter.

Carolina Wren and a Rose-Breasted Titmouse.

What’s really a bit strange — I’m sure this has something to do with climate change — is we are getting different birds than last year. We have last year’s birds too, but many fewer Goldfinch who were the stars of last winter’s bird population.

Carolina Wren and the white bird I don’t recognize.

We have the same woodpeckers — Downy, Hairy, and Red-Bellied. But we have wrens this year. A flock of Carolina Wrens who normally only arrive in early spring has settled into the feeders.

Carolina Wren and Titmouse

You know you have Carolina Wrens because they have the loudest voice in the woods. Very small birds, but what a voicebox!

There are also Titmice, Chickadees, and Nuthatches (two types): White-Breasted and Red-Breasted.

Carolina Wren

As for the Carolina Wrens, they’ve been bouncing around the woods for several years, but they never came to the feeders. This year we have them and a couple of others I’m not sure I’ve properly identified. All of the small brown wrens look very much alike. Is that offensive to wrens? If so, I apologize. Same rusty brown color. With speckled and barred wings and striped faces.

Incoming but unknown

We also have a big gray bird that looks like the bird you get in a coloring book. He is Standard Bird A and I can’t for the life of me find it in either of my books. I’ve got two books now. The pocket-size (for people with really BIG pockets) Peterson guide and what I got used from Amazon (free overnight shipping) that cost me $3.50, weighs about 20-pounds and describes in intimate detail every known bird in North America. The final one is coming tomorrow or Monday — the Audubon pocket guide –another book for people with super big pockets.

Rose-Breasted Nuthatch

I’ve been trying to get the most recent books because not only have we many fewer birds than we had just a few years ago (down by almost %30!), but they have moved. Migratory birds aren’t migrating.

Rose-Breasted Nuthatch

A few of them are no considered “homeless.” They don’t have an area of North America that is their breeding ground. This does not bode well for a bird species. But at least they are still alive and maybe if we can slow this changing climate down, our feathered friends will settle down too.

Flying wren

I’ve seen a few Cardinals and for the first time, a bunch of Blue Jays. Still no Robins. I hope they come back. Also, no doves this year. There’s a big white and slightly orange bird of unknown vintage.

For someone who loves taking bird pictures, I’m really not very good at identifying them, so anyone who’d like to help, please, HELP.

Categories: birds, Blackstone Valley, Marilyn Armstrong, Photography, Wildlife

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9 replies

  1. I’m at awe- so beautiful 🙂


  2. You have a surprising knowledge of those birds, Marilyn.


  3. It is interesting that you are getting different birds this year. Last year I recall you had quite a lot of doves. Still, it’s early yet, more varieties could still show up couldn’t they, including the robins I hope.


  4. A wonderful group of birds — how interesting that this year’s population is so different!


    • The Carolina Wren has been around for a while, though normally they are gone by now, off to the southern states. Also, they have NEVER been feeder birds. Does it mean there isn’t enough food in the woods or have they just cozied up to our newly repainted deck? As for the “what ARE they” selection, I need to do some research and see if they have always been here but somehow, I missed them. I want to know where all the Goldfinch went. I heard they breed up in Canada and will come back after that. I sure hope so.


    • Some probably have migrated to their breeding areas, but others? Most of the others live in this area and are always nearby.


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