A few minutes ago, as we were having lunch, two gorgeous male Pileated Woodpeckers flew down just outside our window, one low on the box-elder the other low on a black locust nearby. I think they were sizing up each other, in an annual Spring ritual in our yard. In my bird archives I see that last year they appeared on Feb. 12, and in 2011 on March 20, when they chased each other repeatedly all around our yard. Earlier this morning we had a crowd of 20 Common Redpolls at the nyger seed spilled on the ground. Chickadees seem to be looking at the nest-boxes. Our two Red-breasted Nuthatches are zipping in and out to the feeders all day. I have never been able to decide whether the pair we have throughout every winter stay and nest here or whether it is another pair that moves in later in the spring and spends the summer here.
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