Thursday, 6 April 2017

The birds are coming back!

The rains are here, again. We anticipate 50 mm today, there is a rainfall warning. Texas sent us their bad storms, which have gone from horrific tornadoes to just heavy rain storms. The Tay River is pretty swollen. I drive along there for my physio. The road is full of puddles and mud holes!

With the snow melt, the ticks are back. I checked Daisy, nothing. Annie sported her first one. We removed it and popped it into the jar of rubbing alcohol.
I'm really happy to see the turkeys feeding, as they eat the ticks for us! We have a flock of 13 that hang about.

Some birds don't leave for the winter. Others, like the goldfinch, have changed back from their drab olive winter colours, back to their yellows! The song sparrow and the purple finch returned on Wednesday!

The woodpecker is a hoot. I cannot photograph the process adequately, but she was sticking her tongue into the bird feeder to grab a seed! I just cannot photograph it through the window and the mesh of the feeder.

And, finally, the American Woodcock is back! That mysterious Eeeepp. It took me a long time to figure that one out!


Out To Pasture said...

Ticks already? Horrors! Get 'em, turkeys!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, love the variety of birds. The Sparrow and goldies are some of my favorites. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

carol l mckenna said...

Love the bird photos ~ so colorful and well done ~ thanks,

Happy Thursday ~ ^_^

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

It's great having more birds back. The purple and house finches were spotted and also the cowbirds are back. None of the birds seems to mind the rainy weather we are having.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Careful out there on those muddy roads -- we don't want you getting hurt on the way to getting well from getting hurt.

We are getting the tail end of some of those tornado bringing storms this week -- just some rain, not even very heavy. Really humid.

William Kendall said...

Ah, I've heard that eeep before! So that's what it is.

Lowcarb team member said...

So lovely seeing all the colourful birds, and I enjoyed the Eeeepp!

All the best Jan

Red said...

For me, that's a lot of rain. it's an interesting time of the year when all the critters come back.

Cat Lover said...

Hi Jenn, thank you for identifying that Eeeeppp. I have been hearing it too and wondering what it was.
Wonderful photos, I finally saw a cowbird on Sunday.
Have a good day.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, you have a nice variety of birds there. The woodcock is awesome, lucky you! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Anvilcloud said...

Things are really picking up down there. At least in bird terms.

GreenComotion said...

Hi Jen-
Great photos. I didn't know there was a a Purple Finch - beautiful.
May be time for new glasses? :)
I am surprised you all have ticks already.
We are quite warm here too.
Lovely post!
Have a Happy Day!!
Peace :)