Saturday, April 9, 2011

Tree Swallows and Chipping Sparrow Have Arrived!

Don't let the bluebirds take this!
Now, to find my wife...
 It was actually pretty cold this morning - 31 degrees around 7:00 a.m. Tons of robins in the meadow and as I headed into the lower gardens I saw a white shape up in a tree and was so excited to see a tree sparrow! Turned out there were lots of them. They were in all their usual places, trying to reserve their favorite boxes. The two at left were in the upper  gardens and the one beneath was in the meadow.

All the regulars were there: jays, song sparrows, cardinals, mourning doves etc. The upper gardens had chickadees, juncos, song sparrows, titmice and goldfinches. It's funny but for awhile several different species were hanging out in their big old favorite tree in the middle of the gardens. I ran into Ian and we also saw some titmice, a flicker and a beautiful chipping sparrow. Geese, ducks and grackles were flying overhead. Ian had seen the cowbirds - 2 females and a male.

No sign of the Eastern phoebes or the bluebirds today.

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