Last week we had a yard full of rose-breasted grosbeaks until we did not.
At one point, I counted at least 7 milling around our feeders and in the yard. My husband even set up his hunting blind in the backyard so I could try for better pictures. (Most my pictures are through the glass on the back door.)
And then by Wednesday, perhaps Thursday, I noticed I didn’t see them any longer. Come back anytime grosbeaks! We’ll be here.
A Different Bluebird of Happiness
Feeling a bit glum about the disappearance of “my” grosbeaks and a yucky weather week, I went for a walk on our one sunny day. Drove myself to a park full of trails where I often see little bluebirds of happiness. Usually right as I turn the bend into this tree lined area here:
I did see bluebirds around the bend but not the Eastern bluebirds I usually find. Wow, you are a very blue bird indeed!
While I was fairly sure I’d spotted an indigo bunting, I did consult my bird book at home. My youngest son helped me look and compare (I toyed with the idea it might be a blue grosbeak as well) and we’ve decided yes, I did spot a male indigo bunting on my walk. They’d certainly be welcome in my backyard any time as well as the grosbeaks.
A New Hello at Home
It’s baby season in the backyard.
It’s no secret the house sparrows annoy me with their “suet feeder school” (They’ve now also taught a starling these skills along with the blue jay from last week.) However, the little baby sparrows are quite cute and fluffy.
Makes me smile. The little gray cat, not so much. She doesn’t care and these birds distract me from my more important duties like showering her with constant attention (until she’s tired of it).
Other birds spotted this week: a nuthatch, downy woodpeckers, red-bellied woodpeckers, robins, bluejays, cardinals, grackles, brown-headed cowbirds (though not as many thank goodness!), starlings, goldfinch, and my white-crowned sparrow (he also disappeared it seems about the same time as the grosbeaks). Oh, and turkey vultures plus maybe a killdeer (not sure, far away in tall grass) at the park.
Joining in with the Bird Depot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’.