Crows And My Returning Backyard Birds

My birds came back! I think maybe our ping-pong weather might be playing a part in their comings and goings.

Busted bird-feeder or not, I’ve still been sprinkling bird seed on the deck railings. And yelling at the squirrels.

I spotted so many birds this week I’m not even sure where to start. Let’s start with the birds I see fly over head often but seldom do they hang out in our trees.


As I left to pick up my son from school, I heard them first and then, spotted about 6 or 7 crows sitting in the next door neighbor’s oak tree.  They were still hanging out upon our return so I hurried and grabbed the camera.  Getting a group shot proved difficult.

This fellow though hung around a bit after the others flew to their next destination.

What you looking at?

Another crow waited patiently across the street for this fellow to finish looking at the crazy camera lady.  Then, grew tired off waiting. And with a few final, caw-caws, they flew off together to meet up with the gang.


Don’t you know crows are bad luck, asked my son as I was hurrying to grab my camera. I’ve never heard that.  However, if they are, I’m going to think doves bring good luck and we had a few of them come hang out around here as well.

First, this Eurasian Collared-Dove made an appearance early in the week. (Excuse the blurry photos, it was a cold morning when I was trying to get these!) Later, I glanced out the front windows and saw this sight sitting on the wires across the street. Can you tell it was a bit cold and windy on this day? There were five doves in total but I couldn’t determine the type although I lean toward thinking they were Mourning Doves. The one sitting above sat alone a bit apart from the others.


The Dark-Eyed Junco returned first. House finches followed. I even spotted a White-throated sparrow waiting his turn! Then, the Bluejays arrived. So did a busy Nuthatch.  Hard to catch with the camera but I finally managed a not quite so blurry one of the busy bird. ****

Not a bad week for bird-watching considering I didn’t get out and hike anywhere special. The birds all came to me this week!

Other birds spotted but not captured on camera this week: my Carolina Wren (fussing at me about the weather!), Chickadees, Cardinals, Starlings, A Downy Woodpecker (he came to the bird seed and claimed his spot right away), A Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Sea Gulls (flying over head while driving), Pigeons, The Red-Tailed Hawk (just once a block over), Robins, and a few sparrows.

What birds did you notice this week?

Linking up with the Bird Depot, hosted by Anni from I’d Rather B Birdin’. Go and visit for some truly amazing bird photos!

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12 thoughts on “Crows And My Returning Backyard Birds

  1. Phil

    You had a great variety of birds this week. Don’t worry about the crow tale. Seeing just a single crow is considered an omen of bad luck. Finding two crows, however, means good luck. Three crows mean health, and four crows mean wealth.

    1. Jean Post author

      I do like the sparrows though. Seems I don’t see as many of them as in the past, maybe they’re all hanging out in your yard? Hope you’ve had a great weekend!

    1. Jean Post author

      I was looking for your Sunday nature post. Sorry you were stuck inside all week! Hopefully, warmer weather is on its way to you soon. I think we’re supposed to hit 60!? here on Wednesday believe it or not. The bluejay photo was my favorite.

  2. Marie-OR

    Great bird shots! Glad your visitors came back and that you saw the others enroute places and was able to get the photos! Particularly loved that Dark Eyed Junco.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you. The Dark Eyed Juncos have really been hanging around. They don’t seem to be quite as bothered by the squirrels as my other birds. I am enjoying watching them.

  3. sallie rainville

    That porch railing bird buffet is wonderful. It really attracts a lovely variety of birds. All great pictures! Our daughter says she doesn’t have time or energy to clean bird feeders, so she puts her seed out like you do — on the porch or tree branches ….. we can’t feed birds at all where we live and I miss that .

    1. Jean Post author

      I started putting my seed out like that after the squirrels ruined my bird feeder, it fell off the railing and cracked. Of course, now it seems even easier for the squirrels to eat the seeds. Not sure if I’ll get a new feeder or not.

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