Well, today has definitely been a day of the birds!
From what I’ve been able to find, the “new” birds are dark eyed juncos. They would be returning from overwintering elsewhere. There were only a few yesterday, but today, there was tonnes! I now realize that we did see them last year. I had just not been able to look at them so closely at the time. But I definitely remember seeing this…
(I don’t know why the video quality is so bad after uploading it to YouTube!)
There were masses of juncos and redpolls swooping in and out, with many, many bounces off the windows. Even the dining room window was getting hits.
We are starting to see a lot more of the male redpolls now, too.
Of course, all that activity attracted a watcher…
Trüllbus wasn’t able to do much more than watch from the lilac bush, though! LOL
Love how my daughter caught this redpoll, peeking at her through the twigs. He looks angry! 😀
From what I could find, there is quite a variety of juncos, but it does look like these are dark eye juncos, and the lighter coloured ones are the females. The one in the photo above would be a male.
At one point, as I stood near the window, something startled them and the whole flock took off. Three or four of them bounced off the window, right in front of me. After they were gone, I realized that one had been left behind.
At first, from inside the house, I wasn’t even sure if was a bird or if it was some darker foliage. After a while, though, I could see the beak. Ever so slowly, the beak opened, and stayed open. Eventually, I decided to go out and check on it. When I got close, it was aware enough to watch me, and even start to move a bit. I was able to pick it up, though, and then it flew away from my hand. No injuries.
Besides the birds, some deer did make a showing when my husband was up bright and early, but I have not seen any since. I’m hoping some will show up this evening.