Friday, March 26, 2010

Spring Arrivals in Two Waves

Friday, March 26, 2010
Man, you go away for a fortnight, and while you're gone, all the spring birds start arriving! Just in at the farm this week: fox sparrow, chipping sparrow, tree swallow...

Fox sparrow. We had three under the deck feeder yesterday morning.

The chippies got in this morning, according to my sources at Indigo Hill. Eating suet dough they were.

Red-winged blackbirds, common grackles, and brown-headed cowbirds all got in a week or so ago. With these first two waves of arrivals, I'm left to wonder: can the blue-gray gnatsnatchers be far behind?


On March 28, 2010 at 7:26 AM Wren nests in... said...

How fascinating... Over here on the (east) coast--truly, are we all that far apart geographically?--fox sparrows leaving are portents of spring (they've been gone for some weeks now), some chippies have been here all winter, and the tree sparrows are just arriving in numbers here as well.

How bizarre and wonderful is the world we live in!

On March 29, 2010 at 6:15 PM Dave said...

We had our first Fox Sparrow today and it's supposed to hit 80 by the weekend! Woo-hoo!

On March 31, 2010 at 10:13 PM Marilyn Kircus said...

Are any of those chipping sparrows mine? I fed about 100 of the litle pigs all winter. Now there is hardly enough to fill up the tray feeder. I've counted 18 sparrows in it at one time. Other than the chippies, I had one song sparrow and one oregon junco but haven't seen either of them in over a month.

My new yard birds are pine siskins which are feeding on niger with the lesser goldfinches. I also have black-chinned humming birds and probably some ruby throats which just pass through here. The black-chinned hang around and breed here.

I live near Austin, Texas