One of the things I love most about April is watching the family life of birds as a new nesting season unfolds. Our feeders have been busy with mated pairs of birds stuffing themselves with seed and suet. We've seen pairs of doves, bluebirds, chickadees, northern cardinals, goldfinches, downy and red-bellied woodpeckers, house finches, house sparrows, and titmice. The addition of the suet feeders, and a birdbath that is kept clean and full, seem to have made the most difference in attracting a more diverse group this year. We've seen several of these birds gathering nesting material and even mating in the past few weeks, and so I'm sure that there are eggs and hatchlings all around by now. Soon little fledglings will be following their parents to the feeders which is always very entertaining! Nothing is cuter than a baby bird!
|Mockingbird eggs. This photo|
was taken several years ago.
Speaking of eggs, a friend of Gregg's gave us almost 5 dozen fresh eggs last week! It's an eccentric old plumber guy that keeps chickens as a serious hobby. Apparently the hens are laying lots of extra eggs right now, and they are wonderfully rich with golden-orange yolks. Fresh eggs are another great thing about nesting season!
I wish mine would lay a bit more regularly; I'm seriously thinking of getting rid of them.... but then I wouldn't have their 'occasional' eggs for my breakfast.ReplyDelete
What a variety of birds! We'll have to try the suet feed and freshening the birdbath more often.ReplyDelete
Those eggs are so immensely pretty. I've always hoped to chance across a real live nest with pale aqua eggs as well, but have yet to. They're the perfect embodiment of spring to my mind.ReplyDelete
*PS* Thank you very much for you deeply lovely comment on my blog anniversary post, Jennifer. What a touching thing to know I've inspired you to look at your family albums in a new light. That's touchingly special.