27 February 2016
As soon as it gets towards the end of February, birders in this part of North America start to watch for the first migrants to arrive from the south. Some species are passing through on their way farther north, others are arriving to breed in this area.
It was almost uncanny that I was sitting in the family room thinking that I should be keeping an eye open for Pine Siskins Spinus pinus and I looked out the window and there were two of them on one of the bird feeders.
These birds are in transit here as they move north to occupy their breeding areas.
It is always a delight to see Pine Siskins and we can confidently expect to see them in greater numbers over the next couple of weeks.
Squirrels are very intelligent creatures and miss no opportunity for an easy meal. This one simply positioned itself below the feeder to munch on the seeds knocked out by the birds above.
The American Goldfinches Spinus tristis are now acquiring their lovely yellow colouration and are a delight to see.
A friend of mine reported that she has a single male Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus in her backyard, and another friend has reported Brown-headed Cowbirds Molothrus ater.
The early vanguard is here! More is yet come.