Birds - February and March 2007
Cindy McIntyre, Waldoboro, Maine
Lady Cardinal, Feb 2, 2007 in backyard with junco on ground.
My cat Tommy, who died January 30, 2007, was a great hunter, but rarely went after birds. Perhaps the biggest surprise he had was when a female belted kingfisher hit the upstairs window and almost literally fell into his mouth as he lay sleeping below. When I heard her squawking, he already had her, and she was so limp I thought her neck was broken. But an hour of quiet in a cage under a towel revived her, and I let her go. She must have thought it was a terrible nightmare. Tommy must have thought it was a wonderful dream. Here's my page to Tommy, who died at age 14 of asthma, a disease I didn't even know he had until it was too late. He will be buried under the birdhouse hanging from the arbor (seen above). TOMMY'S PAGE
Here are the Blue Jays during the Valentine's Day Snowstorm 2007
SOME BIRDS IN THE YARD FEB 24, 2007
American Tree Sparrow New visitors - 3 robins total eating apple-sickles
White-throated sparrow - a lone visitor for most of the winter - and a chipmunk who should be hibernating
BIRD ACTIVITY DURING MARCH 2 SNOWSTORM:
Two male purple finches, six goldfinches, and a junco - can you find 'em? These two goldfinches were caught in a spat!
BIRD ACTIVITY MORNING AFTER BIG SNOWSTORM - MARCH 3
Two Pine Siskins - they didn't stay long Female Purple Finch - she hangs with the goldfinches - there are 2 pairs since yesterday
Lady Cardinal at the Bird Cafe White-throated sparrow Tufted Titmouse
MARCH 6 - THE COLDEST DAY OF THE YEAR!
Lady Cardinal and her Mate - my favorite is him looking like an ornament in the snow.
Saucy Jay and a little American Tree Sparrow
Common Grackle and Lady Cardinal
Wild Turkey visiting backyard - and male cardinal at Bird Cafe
A whole contingent of new birds came in today - about sixty common grackles and male red-wing blackbirds filled the trees and ground under the feeder, making it sound like a Florida swampland. With them came a pair of cowbirds (above), a single song sparrow.
...three fox sparrows scritching the leaves where the snow had melted, prompting a friend to ask what kind of bird was out there "dancing." Two are having a disagreement above.
A male turkey visited, too, with his harem. The coloration of the feathers seemed more beautiful than usual. Maybe it was because of the drab landscape that they stood out. All of these photos are taken through the windows of my house, so they aren't always crisp and sharp. Some days I don't get much "real" work done because there is so much bird activity compelling me to grab my Nikon and the Sony video camera. Two days later a mourning dove pretended to be an ornament on the frozen birdbath.
MORE MARCH BIRDS
Fox Sparrow in Flight A crow caught a vole during the St. Paddy's Day storm
Black-Capped Chickadee.....Dark-eyed Junco... Male Purple Finch - all were singing on March 19 despite the 32 degree overcast day
Male Downy Woodpecker Cooper's Hawk eyeing the birdfeeder March 25. My arbor above.
A flock of 70-plus turkeys, with eight males displaying - Union, Maine 3-25-07 Is this attempt at hole enlarging from a squirrel or a woodpecker? Grrrrrr.......
Male bluebird arrived 3-25-07 with his mate to Appleton, ME Red-breasted nuthatch and golden-crowned kinglet (end) came when "phished" 3-31-07
Female and Male Common Eider in New Harbor, Maine 3-31-07
Common Loon - (L) First Winter Plumage and (R) summer
All Photos Copyrighted 2007 Cindy McIntyre,