Two Robins showed up outside our window yesterday (2/21/20), near the feeders. Hope they are finding something to eat.
Today, when the temperature reached 35F in the shade I went outside to sit in the sun. There were birds at the feeders but mostly quiet. At 12:50 the quiet was broken by the loud piercing calls of a Cardinal. This was immediately followed by a deafening "dawn chorus" all around, which lasted for about 20 minutes.The Cardinal's cries were followed by the repeated loud cheerful song of a Titmouse; then a very insistent WBNuthatch went on and on; Goldfinches started singing, a Blue Jay started up with loud rasping screeches intermixed with long Keeeer, keeeer imitations of hawks on the wing; other birds piped up all around with the Cardinals and Blue Jays dominating. Finally when it all died down, a Mourning Dove which had been sitting in front of me the whole time ended the chorus with its mournful song. Glad I didn't miss it! Yesterday's Robins were not seen or heard. On a sad note, the Chipping Sparrow which had been visiting our feeders every day stopped showing up after the big snow two weeks ago. We kept hoping it would show, but it must have perished. At the feeders daily I could see it was shivering gently the whole time. We think it spent its nights just outside our back door under the roof. No A.Tree Sparrows have appeared this winter. Waiting for Spring! Nari Mistry, Ellis Hollow Rd. -- _______________________ *Nari B. Mistry*, Ithaca, NY To see my paintings, visit http://www.ArtbyNari.com -- 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/ --