Feathered Friends: Birds make spring twice as nice – Hornell Evening Tribune

Wow! It’s barely spring and there may be a lot occurring on the planet of birds proper now! Birds make spring twice as good!

I don’t even know the place to start out and I’m positive there isn’t sufficient room right here to share every little thing that’s been taking place in March … and what’s about to occur in April!

Early in March, right here on the house farm, we have been thrilled to have a snowy owl go to for a few days. Fortunately my brother-in-law noticed it on a Sunday night. And the subsequent day it roosted on our large stone pile – the identical stone pile {that a} snowy owl roosted on for a lot of days three years in the past – additionally in March! Was it the identical one? Don’t know – but when not – it’s fairly a coincidence!

Certainly one of my chicken feed clients knowledgeable me of a red-headed woodpecker coming to his feeding station in Perry. So, I drove over there to see it which was a pleasant deal with. As you most likely know, red-headed woodpeckers are fairly scarce. It’s regular for an occasional one to indicate up in March or April for every week or two or extra till they transfer on – most likely north. They’re migratory woodpeckers. Don’t get the uncommon red-headed confused with the quite common red-bellied woodpecker!

The Oatka Creek flats between Warsaw and Wyoming had some good waterfowl throughout the early March snow thaw flooding. It was good to see the tundra swans. I’ve heard that some WNY areas have had alternatives to see hundreds of snow geese in migration. As ice melts off the larger our bodies of water, we’ll see a various and spectacular inflow of migratory geese in April.

In case you are feeding the birds, you very doubtless have a number of frequent redpolls having fun with your nyjer and sunflower seeds. These tame far northern little black-chinned finches are enjoyable to have round and haven’t been current in these numbers in a number of years. They’re the dimensions of goldfinches and now have a pink brow. They’re much smaller than home finches and make a definite chattery name.

Seeing flocks of turkeys right here and there was a welcome sight as they glean cornfields now that the heavy snow cowl has melted away. In the future proper behind our house we had a flock of turkeys interspersed with a herd of deer – a extremely fairly sight that Leslie and I loved for fairly a while.

Bald eagles are busy nesting and so good to see. It looks like there’s a nesting pair close to most any neighborhood. We’re watching two energetic native nestings within the cities of Perry and Warsaw. In each circumstances the grownup might be seen on the nest incubating eggs. Though eagles are now not endangered species and truly appear “frequent” we nonetheless all have to respect these spectacular and majestic birds and hold a good distance from their nesting websites. Thank goodness for binoculars and recognizing scopes.

Certainly you could have been seeing red-winged blackbirds and robins in all places all through the month of March! For those who haven’t seen both of them I don’t know what to inform you! Extra birds are arriving now and will likely be early in April. The final week of March brings us the acquainted name of the jap phoebe which really says “pheebee!” For those who pay a little bit consideration over the subsequent week or two you’re nearly positive to listen to that distinct name. They’re flycatchers. Their many different flycatcher cousins gained’t be displaying up till Could and June when the bugs are way more plentiful. Phoebes nest on porch and secluded constructing ledges in April.

One of many extra fascinating native sparrows to look at for in late March and the primary week of April is the fox sparrow. It seems like a big rusty music sparrow. Regulate the bottom at your chicken feeding station and see in the event you can spot one among these neat birds. They may solely be round for about 10 days as they’re early migrators to the north.

This night we took a experience across the farm and watched our first jap meadowlark. Within the subsequent week or two you’ll doubtless see or hear your first brown thrasher and possibly even some early tree swallows. Another native sparrow species will likely be arriving and possibly kestrels.

You could have noticed or heard the acquainted name of the killdeer in your garden, or close by area, and even large retailer parking zone. They gained’t waste any time getting began with nesting in April.

I can’t finish with out mentioning the beloved jap bluebirds which have been very busy pairing off and choosing nesting packing containers. They are going to be nesting in April and most will hatch in late April or early Could. Bear in mind to maintain your bluebird nest packing containers far-off (like 100 ft) from any shrubbery, vines, and hedgerows. Name or textual content me with any bluebird questions you might need or go to the NYS Bluebird Society web site. There may be a lot to find out about our stunning New York State Hen!

A lot extra will likely be taking place in early April that I didn’t point out right here. Be at liberty to contact me when you have any questions! (Name or textual content 585-813-2676.) Benefit from the spring and do not forget that in the event you take note of the various birds round you that your spring will likely be “twice as good!”

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