Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Visitors of the Feathered Kind

Our yard has been so full of birds! It's our reward for maintaining the feeders so well for the past two years. Right now these are our daily visitors:

Eastern bluebirds
Goldfinches (in droves, at least 50 are in the trees in the mornings)
Blue jays (noisy!)
Robins
Cardinals
Nuthatches
Chickadees
Downy Woodpeckers
Pileated woodpeckers (they stay in the woods close by)
Red-bellied woodpeckers
Purple finches
phoebes
Titmice
Song sparrows
Carolina wrens
Catbird
Towhees

In the woods close by we see the pileated woodpecker and crows (also very noisy), and hear the screech owl and sometimes the bog barn owl in the early morning. We also see a red-tailed hawk soaring over, apparently keeping an eye on his territory.

I am sure I've missed someone. The migrating birds will soon be coming through in a crowd and I am hoping the word will get out that we're a nice place to visit.

In honor of the birds, and National Poetry Month, a word or two from Emily Dickinson:

I have a Bird in spring
Which for myself doth sing—
The spring decoys.
And as the summer nears—
And as the Rose appears,
Robin is gone.

Yet do I not repine
Knowing that Bird of mine
Though flown—
Learneth beyond the sea
Melody new for me
And will return.



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6 comments:

Carletta said...

Your list looks like mine except for the purple finch. I keep hoping.
A pileated woodpecker keeps waking me up most mornings but I haven't seem him yet.
Still waiting for the goldfinches. I haven't seen a one.
Emily Dickinson has always been a favorite of mine. This poem is perfect for your post.

Dessa Wolf said...

Watching the birds at the feeders in our yard is one of my and my husbands favorite things to do.

Michelle said...

Miss Dickinson was such a talent. Always just the finest words in her poems. We have much the same birds around the farmette and always lovely to see.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wonderful poem and wonderful bird - and house.

Nance said...

I would love to see a pileated woodpecker but I probably won't in this area. We have the red-headed and other "off brands" of woodpeckers. lol We have finches and nut hatches. Sparrows, of course. We have all kinds of hawks and we even see an Eagle now and then, close to a river. We'll have orioles and hummers soon. Blue Jays, Cardinals and Robins are givens.

Sue said...

We don't get nearly as many birds as you do, but we sure do enjoy the ones we have!

=)

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