In Focus #15—More Birds in the Hood

Birding is more fun with company. At least it is for me. I appreciate the extra eyes and smarts it takes to correctly identify fast moving birds around branches. A comic could easily be drawn of me with binoculars, camera, bird book and pencil hanging and flopping around my neck and filling my hands. Did I mention I also have our dog with me? It really is a comical sight, and usually an unsuccessful outing. Beautiful birds are passing through on their way to their summer homes elsewhere. It takes great skill (and another set of eyes for me) to identify them. That said, more times than not, my focus is on the easy birds that live in the fields, woods and ponds with us, and those returning home to us.

What fun to watch the male goldfinches change into their courting attire every spring for summer. They stay home year-round, but loose their brilliant yellow in winter. Also, happy, happy songs fill the air in the barn with the joyful return of our beloved Barn Swallows. Springtime is best time to see even more of our neighborhood birds because tree leaves are just bursting forth. Their small size offers big windows to see many of our beautiful local birds. It is my favorite time of year for birding. Our locals are not in as big a rush to get somewhere else, nor are they as ravenously hungry as those passing through. Making them easier to follow and identify.

A flock of beautiful Bohemian Waxwings were just chilling on a branch earlier this week. They have wonderful lessons to teach on sharing. I have seen them all lined up on a branch passing berries down the line to one another. There are so many sweet singing sparrows busy building their family homes for the year. The Red-winged Blackbirds are busy tending to home and family as well this time of year. While the Carolina Wrens could not sing a sweeter song.

I invite you to go outside, look and listen to this blessed, happy time of year the birds are telling us all about.

So many sweet sparrows.
We are delighted when our Barn Swallows return home for the summer.
We all know warm weather is coming when our Goldfinch sports his fancy summer clothes!
A flock of beautiful Bohemian Waxwings.
They share their food with one another.
Birds teach us much.
An extra—the spectacular Dogwood is in full bloom!

2 thoughts on “In Focus #15—More Birds in the Hood

  1. Handsome feathered friends you have. 🙂 I love your dogwood. I have one that I started from a seedling I dug up at about 6″. It’s about 4+’ right now so I’m hopeful. I have it in a fence to keep deer from eating it. I may have to make it higher which is a good problem to have.

    • Thank you kindly for your comment, Judy. The birds are pretty, I agree. Good for you with your dogwood! I hope you can keep the deer out of it. These grow in our woods, guess that’s why they are tall! Deer are a problem here too.

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