While in theory spring has been with us for several weeks now, winter seems reluctant to relax its grip. However, there are definite signs it will have to give way: Fox and Song Sparrows singing, our “resident” Northern Cardinal gathering nesting material, even American Woodcock peenting in the evening.
Herewith, then, a few reminders from the past winter of the hardiness and beauty of a few of the birds that called in at 7 Bridle Path Lane this past winter, starting with this Mourning Dove that hunkered down for a December 27 blizzard:
Our feeders were busy that day, although the snow piled up quickly, and birds like this Downy Woodpecker had to work around the white stuff:
On the “last” day of winter, first of spring, a flock of 22 Bohemiam Waxwings descended on our Christmas light adorned Crabapple Tree:
They provided a great opportunity to study and photograph a species that only occurs in New Brunswick during late fall and winter.
A short video of a couple of the birds can be found here:
Interestingly, you can see a reflection of our house in the eye of this individual:
I’ll close this post with a bird that Suzanne Bonnell and I saw at the Point Lepreau Christmas Bird Count, a colourful male Pine Grosbeak:
Now onto spring!