4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.
It’s the birdiest time of year and I cannot keep up!
As of this writing, I have two posts scheduled out and am so very behind on editing photos. I want to do that dreaded task of uploading our photos online for prints. I just learned our bird photo albums have not been updated since November. Today, I will share a few highlights and I may not be as regular with posting for the next few days.
If you wish to look at our year list, you’ll see our latest birds. Some are pretty neat, I think. I still need to get a couple of birds added, but need to have them confirmed.
For my blogging friend in California… We have one of your birds here! Maybe we can send some of ours your way, just look for the white throat.
We’ve seen a Black-crowned Night-heron (Now what would this Alpha code look like? I’ll find out later), Lark Sparrow, Cape May Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler… The Bobolinks, Baltimore Orioles (five of them), Dickcissels, Red-headed Woodpeckers have returned to the yard. Oh, one of our poor birds has a LISP, the Lincoln’s Sparrow. People say these are not feeder birds… well, I don’t believe that! We have a nice sized group here.
The Kestrels seem finally settled and we’ve seen one Kestrel bringing food to the one in the box. For some reason, they’ve allowed Meadowlarks, Red-winged Blackbirds and Grackles to perch on their box. This seems odd, but I wonder if the one on the nest doesn’t bother with it as it would require getting off the eggs. A couple of hapless Starlings were flying about the box, but seemed terribly afraid to land. They left.
Thursday, we had a great evening of birding. In one and a half hours, we saw 48 species, all within a mile of home. We left as soon as the rain slowed to a drizzle. (We got 3 1/4 inches that day.) The flooding pasture gave us a new yard bird, Blue-winged Teal.
Saturday, was the once a month field trip and we reached a personal high count for the day. 86 species. I hope to create a page for this list.
What is missing so far is our Ruby-throated Hummingbird. We set out nectar hearing of early reports. Soon, soon…
Sadly, the Ring-necked Pheasants are rebounding and we know what that means… We hear a couple of the males from our house. Others are seeing them around Iowa as well.