Mr. and Mrs. moved in some time in April, but little did they know that two huge and blustery spring storms would move in. I think something happened that one or both sparrows didn’t survive because I didn’t see them again. Some time in May a new couple occupied the cozy apartment and have been seriously nesting since the melt and the warm sun has been shining.
And, yes! I was the one who supported last year’s vent with duct tape as previous tenants were losing offspring early after hatching, given that the bottom two flaps are missing on the vent. You know the song…
I’ve been surprised at the front yard nest a couple of times this year.
Early in May, I had a visit from a single male Rose Breasted Grosbeak. I was so excited to see the brilliant red chest of this bird and the stark black and white.
I was also surprised by three pairs of American Goldfinches. Their songs were beautiful and they hovered in front of the picture window, looking at themselves. I’ve heard them a few times since, in a neighbour’s flowering tree, but don’t have any idea if they are in transit or if they will settle on this area.
I anticipate many stories surrounding events at the bird feeders and at Frank’s Flats where I routinely watch the water birds and their interactions. The three eaglets at Duke’s Farms are also very ready to fledge, although they have had something happen, recently, with one of their cameras and will not be able to remedy the situation until after the babes have gone.
It is an awesome thing to have opportunity to watch birds.