There are about a dozen returning birds I expect to see (or hear) during March. They`re all birds that are comfortable in the continuing cold weather, and they seem to be the first tangible signs of spring. So far it`s well into April and I`ve only encountered about half of them, and only photographed one, a Robin. But other birds that have been here all winter, like the Goldfinch, are also changing their behaviour (or appearance), and are much more active.
So here is my only photo of an `early spring bird`, one of a pair of Robins exploring the grass for bugs in our yard. The other birds I`ve seen or heard though include;
However, the Goldfinch who have been wearing their dull olive colours all winter, have started turning into their summer plumage, here still a bit mottled, but the male ending up bright yellow and black.
They`re at the feeder all day long these days, emptying it out as fast as they can go.
Sharing space with the Goldfinch are the Common Redpolls, who are still with us. They`re not returning migrants, but have come south to this area for the winter, and will soon head north to the boreal forest to nest. Not sure whether this photo is a discard, or a really interesting capture!
So here`s one without the distraction. I`ve joined ebird this year, and I`m going to make a determined effort to keep track of all the birds I see and perhaps even capture a few more decent photos.