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These characters have recently shown up at my feeders.

Dark-eyed Junco

American Goldfinch

American Red Squirrel

Pileated Woodpecker

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It’s the second year in a row that we have had a blizzard in April. It started snowing on Wednesday afternoon and snowed into Thursday. Thursday brought very strong winds a blowing snow even though the snow was wet. We also had a reddish colored snow. When I went out for a walk I noticed the top inch of snow was a reddish color. Turns out it was dust blown in from New Mexico and Texas. We ended up with about a foot of snow.

I think I noted that about three weeks ago all of the Dark-eyed Juncos disappeared and I haven’t seen one since. However, on Wednesday a few of the turned up at my feeders. On Thursday morning I looked out and there were 30+ of them scattered over a wide area on the ground. The strong winds had blown bird seed over a wide area in the lawn. They were present all day in large numbers.

The other bird I’ve not seen for a while is the American Goldfinch. They also turned up in large numbers. I noticed that they had started to turn color since I had last seen them.

There were a variety of other birds at the feeders during the storm.

White-breasted Nuthatch

Song Sparrow

Northern Cardinal – female

Northern Cardinal – male

Downy Woodpecker

Black-capped Chickadee

Within a couple of days of the arrival of spring all of the Dark-eyed Juncos seem to have dissapeared from my feeders. I suspect I will see a few migrating through but for now the all seem to be gone.

 

Dark-eyed Junco

Here are a few recent photos of Dark-eyed Juncos. There have been plenty of them around this winter.

 

Dark-eyed Juncos are another bird that I have problems photographing. During most of this winter they have been feeding on the ground because there has not been enough snow to cover the seeds that fall on the ground. However, with the recent snowstorms they have been forced to feed around the feeder.

 

So far this winter I’ve had a large number of Dark-eyed Juncos around. I did some landscaping late in the fall and wondered if the Juncos would return but they seemed to have adjusted to the lack of cover near the feeders. I’ve had problems photographing them because they have been feeding on the ground. It wasn’t until the first snowfall of the season that I realized they weren’t landing near the feeders because they had plenty to eat on the ground. As soon as it snowed they were back up feeding near the feeders.

 

 

Some of the other birds at my feeder during the recent snowstorm.

Dark-eyed Junco

House Sparrow

White-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Black-capped Chickadee

 

 

 

I spent a good part of the morning photographing perched of frost covered pine trees. More bird photos can be found on my website.

The first part of April the first Eastern Bluebirds returned for the summer. They have been searching for housing in the area.

Eastern Bluebird

They were followed by the Tree Swallows. The battle for nesting spots has begun.

Tree Swallow

The Chipping Sparrows have been frequenting my feeders.

Chipping Sparrow

The song Sparrows are back and singing up a storm.

Song Sparrow

White-throated Sparrows can be found at the Feeders.

White-throated Sparrow

The Dark-eyed Junco is a winter bird but a few of them are still hanging around. I expect they will all be gone in the next few weeks.

Dark-eyed Junco

 

When I first started photographing birds I had to do it from my basement window because I didn’t have the right lenses to photograph them at the feeders. The birds would go to the feeders to get seeds then fly to a lilac bush by the basement window to eat them. This made it easy to get some close shots. Over the years I acquired better lenses and started photographing from my large windows by the feeders. I recently went back to my roots and spent the better part of a day photographing from my basement window.

Dark-eyed Juncos were around in large numbers after being absent for part of the winter.

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Black-capped Chickadees were around in large numbers. This seemed to be their favorite perch for eating.

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There were also a few Northern Cardinals around but they were a little skittish and wouldn’t come near the window.

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