We have a new bird in our yard. A Red Breasted Grosbeak: http://www.birding.com/topbirds/9519rbg.asp . I had seen one several years ago and never knew what it was. Now we have a returning male and hopefully he will have or find a mate and stay in our area. He’s absolutely beautiful!
The usual community of birds includes: Blue Jays, Cardinals, Chickadees, Titmouse, Gold Finch, House Finch, Sparrows, Starlings, Grackles, Crows, Carolina Wren, Broad Tail Hawks (nesting in neighbor’s tree), Robins and Morning Doves. We feed them year round, so they know where to come. I witnessed 3 blue jays dive towards the feeder like heat seeking missiles. Very impressive flight formation.
The hawk steals the babies of the neighborhood nests and the blue jays are mimicking their call to scare away the competition for the seeds.
I have yet to see the hummingbirds return. This strange weather may be pushing them elsewhere. I hope they are not perishing in their migration.
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