Watch this! I am going to eat these seeds, and not get eaten!
Spring began this weekend. It was a long winter, and Elena had some knee trouble and couldn't get out much. We were finally able to go birding in the Ramble Sunday, and it was a fine outing.
The first order of business was to feed the Titmouses and Chickadees at the Upper Lobe. The Titmousen were characteristically fearless; the Chickadees were a bit more standoffish. One was at least interested enough that it actually sat still for many seconds at a time, and I was able to get some of my best Chickadee photos ever.
I'm not sure I want to do that
We didn't neglect the otehr little birds, though they never come to hand.
that's right! never neglect the Sparrow, for he is puissant and fierce
All the usual late winter birds were around.
I'm not going to show you where I've stashed the seeds
And there was singing everywhere. This Cardinal gave a concert about 4 feet from a path and just six feet up.
I call this number, "Get Out of My Territory, Fool"
The best birds of the day (in the birding sense) didn't yield any good photos: two American Woodcocks deep in the brush near Azalea Pond; a Merlin perched briefly atop a tree at the south end of Maintenance, then flying fast and hard toward Belvedere Castle; a Turkey Vulture high, high overhead. Fine things to see, though.
I hope you had a good first weekend of Spring, too.