I had a wonderful treat this morning. I spotted a large group of bluebirds land in the maple tree by the road. They flew off quickly, with a few coming in closer on the Beech tree. I went to the sunroom on the south side of the house and my hunch was right. They were after the winterberries. Another large Maple is near the winterberry bush so most of them landed in the tree while a few were on the bush. There were 10 bluebirds in all-mostly males. Such a pretty sight with the snow softly falling. They checked out some older winterberries and tried a few red chokeberries. They stayed around the yard for about a half hour until the trash truck scared them off. It was interesting to watch the interactions with the other yard birds. The English Sparrows kept jockeying for position in the tree. The Bluebirds seemed to want to be highest.
It was a nice, birdy morning. While the Bluebirds were here, I also spotted cardinals, chickadees, goldfinches, house finches, juncos, and downy woodpeckers. Such a nice way to start the day. I haven't had many birds, other than house sparrows and chickadees this winter. The weather has been too warm for them to need the feeders. Oh, I've had tree sparrows here at times. I'm missing my nuthatches and tufted titmouses. Carol Keeler Sent from my iPad -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --