THE BIRDS THEY ARE A’CHANGING – Marilyn Armstrong

I used to know “spring” by the flowers. Up come the crocus and then the daffodils. Suddenly there are dozens of Solomon’s Seal and a few lilacs get enough sunlight to flower. It must be spring!

Two bluebirds

The trees get a covering of pink buds, especially the maples. The oak trees are slower. We have a couple of struggling azaleas that never get enough sun to do more than casually bloom a little bit.

Still, all this greenery says “spring” to me.

Not this year. This time around, it’s the color of the feathers of the birds. This is the time of year when birds go into their breeding seasons. Birds don’t just breed once per season.

Getting more yellow every day

Square Goldfinches

And two more

Many of them, especially the little guys like Chickadees and all the Finches will breed many times between now and November. They are not only the most daring flyers, but they have sex in the air. Whoopee! Now that’s the way to go!

A very red Finch

Chickadee and one of the red finches

I want to mention that Garry and I saw a really huge Red-Bellied Woodpecker on a feeder — briefly — this morning. He was easily twice the size of the usual Red-Bellies we see around here. Good food? Trees with excellent bugs? Both?

Eating well! And what a beak!

 



Categories: birds, Chickadee, Finch, Goldfinch, Marilyn Armstrong, Photography, Woodpeckers

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23 replies

  1. Look at the birds you get! All we got is pigeons and sparrows. In monocolor.

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  2. Does one ever tire of watching birds? I think not…

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  3. What a gorgeous woodpecker! I hope he figures large in some upcoming shots too! All the birds are beautiful though! ❤

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    • We got a huge hairy Woodpecker this morning, too. I was in watching rather than photographing mode, but I swear we have the biggest, fattest birds in Worcester Country. A lot of our birds are not merely well-fed. They are shaped like tennis balls with beaks! I’m surprised they don’t fall off the perches.

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    • Since that picture, he has rounded out and he’s really BIG. Big tummy, too. It might be a lady woodpecker full of eggs. It’s getting to be that time of year again.

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  4. Interesting to be able to tell the change of season by the change in the birds. It actually makes a lot of sense.
    Leslie

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  5. Beautiful pictures Marilyn.

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  6. The red finch is one gorgeous little bird.

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  7. Sex in the air. Oh boy… now I’m really gonna wonder the next time “bird poop” lands on my head.

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