House Sparrows are my nemesis and for years they stayed over at my neighbors farm. One year a few of them turned up at my feeders. Now they are the dominate bird at my feeders.
We recently had our first winter snow storm. I spent the day photographing birds at my feeders.
In between our fall trips I managed to get a few bird photos on the farm.
I continue to photograph birds ad my bird feeder. The weather has been too warm to ski so I spend my time photographing birds.
The first blizzard of the year brought many of my birds back to the feeder. There is nothing I enjoy more in the winter than photography birds during a blizzard.
This fledgling House Sparrow had just finished taking a bath.
A female Orchard Oriole looked a little lonely at my bird feeder.
Nap time for a fledgling House Sparrow.
A Grey Catbird heading for the nest with lunch.
An Eastern Bluebird caught after taking a bath.
A Baltimore Oriole waiting for its turn at the feeder.
A couple of Grey Catbirds have been hanging around the feeders. They generally don’t feed except they do have a sweet tooth for the grape jelly I have out for the orioles. I’ve noticed they also have a problem with the occasional Blue Jays that come to the feeder. I can always tell if there is a Blue Jay around because of the posture of the Grey Catbirds.
Large numbers of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are currently at the feeders.
There are a fair number of American Goldfinches around. This is a change from the spring when they all but disappeared from my feeders.
The House Sparrows continue to appear at my feeders. The past few weeks they had their young with them and now the young seem to be feeding on their own.
The orioles have started to return to the feeders. They were here in large numbers and then left to raise their young. Now that the young are getting ready to fledge they have started to return. I would expect that they will return with their young with the next couple of weeks.
The Downy Woodpeckers are around feeding on my suet. I have regular suet out that I got from the butcher shop but they much prefer the more expensive peanut butter suet.
I’ve been watching Eastern Bluebirds, House Sparrows and Tree Swallows as they built their nests this spring.
The female Eastern Bluebird seems to do the bulk of the nest building. She usually tries to bring large amounts of nesting material on each trip. Sometimes so much material that she has trouble getting into the nest.
The Male Eastern Bluebirds doesn’t seem to do a lot of work. He watches the female and sometimes follows her to where she is gathering nesting material. I’ve yet to see the male bring any material to the nest. In fact, one day the male went into the nest and actually brought some material out.
The House Sparrows are different. Both the male and female participate in nest building. They are similar to the bluebirds in one respect, they seem to try and bring a lot of material on each trip.
It’s hard to tell if both the male and female participated in nest building since I can’t tell them apart. I have noticed that they bring only small amounts of nesting material on any given trip.
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At last report a pair of Eastern Bluebirds had taken up residence in one of two bluebird houses I have in the back yard. They successfully fought off a pair of Tree Swallows that wanted one of the houses.
When we returned after a short trip we found the bluebirds were not in either house. The Tree Swallows had taken up residence in one of the houses.
A pair of House Sparrows were living in the second one. This is the first pair of House sparrows I’ve had in one of my houses.
At one point the female Eastern Bluebird sat on a perch near the houses and watched the goings on.
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I photographed these birds about a month ago. It turned out to be the last snowfall of the season, unless we get an early spring snowfall.
This was the last time I saw any House Sparrows. They had been around in large numbers most of the winter but I was gone for a week and when I returned they were gone.
This was one of the rare times this winter that I was able to photograph female Northern Cardinals. There were several of them around during the snowstorm.