|Rose breasted grosbeaks
We have always had an interest in the birds that make our backyard their home, but this year, for whatever reason, we are noticing so many amazing birds we have not seen in our backyard before. I will admit it is very exciting and has us checking out the back door often to see who is at the feeders.
A few weeks ago I shared a list of some of the birds we had been seeing but this weekend tops that list. On Saturday morning alone 15 different birds stopped by to visit our feeders and hang out for a while. We basically spent the morning glued to the back door.
Here's a little list of what we saw:
~ rose breasted grosbeaks
~ red wing blackbirds
~ chipping sparrows
~ robins, we have been watching them make a nest and now mama robin sits patiently on her eggs
~ blue jays, at one point Saturday afternoon about 20 blue jays swooped down on the feeders, it was amazing to watch
~ red breasted nuthatches
~ eastern towhee
~ song sparrows
~ white crowned sparrows
~ morning doves
~ indigo bunting, this was a special treat. He was beautiful and hung around Saturday and Sunday. We have not seen him since.
I can't really describe how exciting it was to see all this action in our backyard. Watching Reece look up the birds in the book, asking us to read him the information about them and seeing him with binoculars in hand looking at the birds...well, it fills me with so much joy. It is pretty amazing to witness the birds in our backyard, but even more amazing to witness the pure joy Reece exudes as he watches and learns about the birds in our backyard.
*** I wish I had better pictures, these were taken from inside and from quite a distance. It would be okay to assume I have been looking at lenses :)