I’m pretty sure that stripes, spots, or freckles describes almost every bird I see with maybe the exception of the Cardinal — the males, anyway — who are almost entirely one solid color. Everything else has some sort of stripes, spots, freckles, patches. They are a colorful lot!
Almost all the birds have some kind of markings except for male Cardinals, Cowbirds, and crows. There are a few solid color birds (usually white) along the river. Snow Egrets and some of the terns and gulls along the shore, but these are woodland birds. A colorful and motley crew!
It was quite a bird fiesta this morning! It rained last night and there are still puddles on the deck, so it must have rained through most of the night. The birds hit the feeders this morning and their singing woke me up. I put out fresh seeds, though they were not out of seeds yet — but they like these new seeds a lot more than the far more expensive stuff we were feeding them before. Also, we now are attracting groups of flickers. They really look like Red-Bellied Woodpeckers — from the back — but when they turn around, very different colors ranging from very pale green to red with some green feathers. They are also a little smaller than the other woodpeckers.
I am having a hard time finding my email. I don’t know if it isn’t appearing or is getting lost under the deluge. Is anyone else having problems getting timely emails?