Birds Are Back

Birds are back and keep pretty active in our backyard. For this time of year, it’s kind of early.

A few days ago, Woodpecker Jr. showed up in the early morning. He was up there checking on the cavity nest, like his uncle did last spring.

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He took a close look of the cavity nest and was okay with it. “It may need some cleaning up work.” he said to himself.

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He then checked the surroundings for the safety reason. Jr. even took time to climb to the top of tree.

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He took a final look and wondered if Miss W would approve it.

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Minutes later, Miss W showed up. She checked outside and inside of the cavity carefully, but didn’t bother to climb all the way up.

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She paused for a few second, “This one might work.” She turned toward W Jr. who was a standing on a tree branch waiting on her.

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When both flew away, the European Starling came and stayed in the cavity nest for longer than 20 minutes. He just might place an offer sooner than W Jr.

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To make the nest more attractive for W Jr. and Miss W consider. I filled up the bird feeder for them.

It quickly attracted Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, and everyone else in the neighborhood. I was happy to see Chickadee.

It’s challenging to capture the Chickadee in photo since he/she grabs a single seed and carries it to a branch, then returns for another seed.

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A Wren stopped by, but he/she enjoyed insects more.

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Photos were taken with Canon 300 mm lens through one of the Kitchen windows. I apologize for the low quality of the pics.

Thank you for visiting!

 

68 thoughts on “Birds Are Back

  1. Good morning, Amy,
    Most of our birds seem to have stayed. We don’t have a woodpecker here, though. I haven’t found the right position for me and the camera to be in yet for good pictures. Maybe I’ll find one. Thanks for sharing your great pictures,
    Pit

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  2. How very exciting to have the woodpecker return, Amy — a great sign. Fun bird activity photographed and described. Isn’t it a curious thing to watch the chickadees with their one seed? Enjoyed your post, as always.

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    • Thank you so much, Sue! I really did expect to do a post for Woodpeckers this year, I thought I had covered all the stories. But… I was so fascinated with the nest hunting efforts. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Jude! Two Woodies had their babies in that nest last year. It was the first time in our backyard, I was so excited and did 4,5 stories. 🙂 Not sure this pair will pick the same cavity nest. 🙂

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      • In a tree up in the woods here the woodpeckers come back every year to the same hole. I don’t know if it’s the same pair or maybe their kids that come back. Either way if you get near the tree much peeping will start up – the hungry babies thinking you are mum or dad with food! So funny! 🐣🐣🐣

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  3. Wow! You have a very busy backyard. I’m amazed by the quality of your pictures. You must have clean windows. I was just outside working in the yard an did not notice any birds chatting. I’m guessing it is still to cold.

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  4. I enjoy birds but also liked the way you “interpreted” their moves and thoughts about the nest cavity. They need to get their “bid on it” before the European Starlings move in, was such a funny comment, Amy! 🙂
    I think chickadees and chipmunks seem like they are “babies” and so cute due to their petite size. They remind me of each other, even though not even close to being same in species. I know you didn’t feature the chipmunks but I think of them as similar. hugs xo

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    • Thank you for reading, Robin. These baby looking bird will grow into adult size in just a few week.
      These birds are trying to accommodating. Chickadees are so small and cute, but hard to capture in photos.

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