Friday, March 16, 2007

Another sign of Spring - yet a Snow Storm!

The last two days our field and bird feeders have been taken over by the Common Grackle , Red-Winged Blackbirds, 4 Crows, Wild turkeys and a few Starlings. The picture above is of a single grackle but believe me there had to be at least 50 of them!

Yesterday the wild turkeys (8 hens and 2 Toms) hung around all day. They were going from one end of the field to the other, pecking here and there. Or they would be gather by a rock wall resting and 'sunning' themselves. A couple hopped up on a lower branch of an apple tree and sat for a spell. Today I have only seen the 2 Toms, guess the hens got a belly full yesterday!

The regular Blue Jays sat back for the most part as the Grackles took over. Every now and then a Blue Jay would get brave and fly right into the middle of the Grackles for its share. This surprised me that the Blue Jays mostly sat back, I always thought they were a bold bird! Perhaps they just felt out numbered. As the bird seed disappeared so did the birds. I ventured out in the afternoon and put out a little seed, I no sooner got back into the house and the field was full of grackles again! That sure is some radar they have!

Certainly have seen signs of Spring with the snow melting and about 75% of our field bare again. The chipmunk showing up, the grackles and other black birds showing up BUT we are in for a Northeastern this evening and could get 8-12 inches of snow with 1-2 inches of rain/ice on top of it! Now that is NOT spring weather. I know we had a pretty mild winter for Maine, BUT does it have to extend into our Spring. Oh, I know we have a few more days before it is truly Spring by the calendar, so perhaps this Northeastern will have had it's fun and be all gone by the first day of Spring. (Tuesday, March 20th). Do you suppose?

Enjoy :) Coppertop

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