Tag Archives: Downy Woodpecker

Monthly Journal – May, 2017

May’s journal focuses on activity in and around backyard feeders one afternoon on the north end of the neighborhood.  We were invited over to see Rose-breasted Grosbeaks who had been showing up to recharge on good food in a wonderful wooded setting before continuing on their migration.  For one hour we sat quietly with our friends and watched.  This is some of what we saw.

Monthly Journal – November, 2016

It’s been a warm, dry fall so far.  With the drought, birds and critters have appreciated the water in birdbaths and the pond.   But the drought was broken as reported in our previous post, and we have started hearing toads again at night.

A flock of several hundred grackles passed through a few days ago and we have started seeing Ruby-crowned Kinglets.  Surely colder weather is not far off.

Monthly Journal – January, 2016

Again our monthly journal is mostly about birds. In addition to these colorful visitors, we saw many Blue Jays, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Red-tailed Hawks in January.  The weather continues to be unseasonably warm, and we are seeing territorial disputes already beginning;  particularly Eastern Bluebirds, Brown-headed Nuthatches and American Robins.  And we are on the lookout for early hummingbird arrivals.

Monthly Journal – December, 2015

Our wildlife photos for December are mostly of birds.   Of the 22 species shown below, some are migrants, some are winter residents and some are here year-round.  With all the unseasonably warm weather there have been lots of ladybugs.  We were unable to get a photo of our pal the opossum, but take it from us, he’s a handsome guy.

Happy New Year!

The Big Tease

 Eastern Bluebird and Downy WoodpeckerEastern Bluebird and Yellow-rumped WarblerEastern BluebirdsHappens every year about this time. Snows one day and two days later it’s 70 degrees. Today was glorious and things continue to wake up. Budding, buzzing and if not foolin’ around, then certainly thinking about it. The bluebirds are out in abundance. (male and female Eastern Bluebird, male eastern Bluebird and Yellow-rumped Warbler and male Eastern Bluebird and Downy Woodpecker).

Plants are starting to come alive too.  There are buds on the native azaleas and the woods poppies are beginning to leaf out.

Native Azalea Native Azalea Woods PoppySome plants overwintered in the basement with grow lights.  The Limequat is having its leaves cleaned since in the artificial environment the plant, because of the presence of aphids, gets sooty mold.  Outside, aphids have natural predators. Ridding the plant of the sooty mold allows the leaves to do their job of photosynthesis and respiration and makes the plant much healthier.

Cleaning Limequat leaves