Monday, March 20, 2017

snowbirds

in a bizarre and unexpected twist of weather, we got a bit of snowfall just before spring. i think it was the only substantial amount that fell this season; enough to close or delay school for a few days, but not enough to go outside and play with the snow gear i so responsibly stocked up on at sales last fall.

i made sure there was suet in the feeders and my little feathered friends wasted no time in squabbling over it. with my lack of flash, dirty windows, and shaky photography, you'll just have to take my word for it that i could identify everybody.

juncos

bluebird and the juncos


eastern bluebirds - possibly a mating pair?

european starling

carolina wren
from my facebook post:

Been playing Birdy Bingo with my kids throughout the day. With the recent snow, all the birds are coming to my feeders and I wanted my children to join me in identifying the Eastern Bluebirds (possible breeding pair?), Carolina Wrens, Downy Woodpeckers, European Starlings, and Black-Capped Chickadees that come to the suet feeders, along with the Northern Cardinals and American Goldfinches that frequent the seed feeders, and the Dark-Eyed Juncos who hang out underneath both to pick up the bits that drop down. What I haven't seen today are the White-Breasted Nuthatches. 
How do we play Birdy Bingo? Not with bingo cards, as one might expect. Instead, whenever one of the kids correctly identifies a bird, I yell "BING BING BING!" (Thanks to my eldest, who pointed out to me that my "binging" made it Bingo.)

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