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Category Archives: Canadian Hill Farm

Indigo Buntings live down in the valley and I see them throughout the summer. However, they rarely visit my feeders. This fellow spent several days around the feeder before moving on.

 

This little fellow hit my window last week. I kept an eye on him and finally went out to take a few photos and get him moving. He perked up after I picked him up and stroked his head. This isn’t a bird I see normally seed around the farm. It is an Ovenbird. I think it was just passing through.

This Nashville Warbler was also just passing through. It was just around for a day before moving on.

 

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Large-flowered Bellwort

Spring Beauty

Yellow Violet

Large-flowered Trillium

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Common Blue Violet

Bloodroot

It was raining our so I decided to stick around home and photograph the birds that were showing up to my feeders.

American Goldfinches

Baltimore Oriole

Chipping Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

There are a variety of spring flowers blooming on the south slopes of the hills on the farm. They all seemed to pop up at the same time. one day there were no flowers blooming. The next day it rained and two days later the woods were carpeted with flowers.

Large-flowered Bellwort

Large Flowered Trillium

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Downy Yellow Violet

Common Blue Violet

Pussytoes

Wood Anemone

In the last week the following spring birds have returned to the Farm.

Song Sparrow

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Tree Swallow

Eastern Bluebird

 

 

On April 22 I put out my Eastern Bluebird houses for the year and the following day I had bluebirds checking them out.

Eastern Bluebird male

When we left for our road trip to the southwest we thought we were done with winter. I even thought of taking the snowblower off of the tractor but didn’t have time. Lucky I didn’t. It snowed at least four times while we were gone and last weekend we had a blizzard that lasted from Friday evening until Monday morning. Nothing to do but photograph the birds.

 More photos from Canadian Hill Farm can be found on my website.

Given the weather I was a little surprised when a Song Sparrow turned up at the suet feeder.

Song Sparrow

The wind was blowing about 40 mph and I had problems photographing the goldfinch because the feeder was swinging back and forth. The sparrow was leaning into the wind.

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow

The Northern Cardinals were around in large numbers. The second photo shows one with a bad case of Mange. She was around most of the weekend.

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

The Red-breasted Woodpecker was a frequent visitor.

Red-breasted Woodpecker

For some reason I find the female House Sparrow much more photogenic than the male.

House Sparrow

There were a large number of House Finches at the feeder early in the morning before the storm arrived but only one lone female turned up during the storm.

House Finch

Woodpeckers were around the feeder most of the weekend.

Hairy Woodpecker

Red-breasted Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

The most frequent visitors to the feeders were the Dark-eyed Juncos and Black-capped Chickadees. The day before the storm there were hardly any birds at my feeders but they returned in large numbers once the storm started.

Black-capped Chickadee

Dark-eyed Junco

 

 

I happened to be watching my bird feeders when a Northern Flicker appeared at the suet feeder. This the first time I’ve seen a Northern Flicker on the farm. She spent most of her time hiding on the other sided of the feeder.

Dark-eyed Junco

White-breasted Nuthatch

House Sparrow

Red-breasted Woodpecker

Black-capped Chickadee

There are a few birds that are usually around in good numbers but for some reason I haven’t seem them very often this winter.

Blue Jay

Common Redpoll

American Goldfinch