First day of spring

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Northern Cardinal

Spring, which officially starts today, is my favorite season. To celebrate, I spent my early Tuesday evening working in my backyard. OK, it was mostly lazy yard work. I cleaned up, made plans for a proposed project and put up new hummingbird feeders.

After I finished, I just happened to glance over in time to see a bird leaving my hummingbird feeder. I. Was. Excited! Could it be a hummingbird, already? Nope. I sat by my window for an hour watching house sparrows, northern cardinals and American robins come up to feed. I’m now positive that it was a sparrow that went to the wrong feeder.

Whatever happened, I enjoyed my time outdoors and watching the birds. It’s not a bad way to pass the time. Here’s some of my visitors:

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House Sparrow
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American Robin

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House Sparrows

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House Sparrow

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Northern Mockingbird

 

Photo essay: Cooperative birds

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Killdeer

Arkansas birds were out in force this past weekend when I participated in my first Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). I’ve just completed entering the 26 bird species I viewed into the GBBC database.

The GBBC only calls for at least 15 minutes of birdwatching. Well, I decided to spend my birdwatching time on Saturday in Wynne at Village Creek State Park. Later, I visited my grandparent’s farm to walk their woods. I got lucky in both spots, however, my best find was when I drove from Wynne to Stuttgart on Hwy. 306. (See pictures below).

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Greater Yellowlegs

I say Hwy. 306 was my best find because I discovered the above Greater Yellowlegs and the below Northern Pintails. I also discovered a lazily circling Northern Harrier (third picture below).

In all, my weekend list had American Kestrels, American Robins, blackbirds, Blue Jays, Canadian Geese, Crows, Downy Woodpeckers, Eastern Bluebirds, Gadwells,  Greater Yellowlegs, Hermit Thrush, House Sparrow, Mallards, Northern Cardinals, Northern Harrier, Northern Pintails, Northern Shovelers, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Red-tailed Hawks, Slated Juncos, Tufted Titmouse, White-Fronted Geese, White-Throated Sparrows, Yellow-bellied Woodpecker and Yellow-Rumped Warbler.

Here’s some more pictures:

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Northern Pintails

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Eastern Red-tailed Hawk flying above mallards and northern shovelers.

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Northern Harrier
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Eastern Bluebird
7-2-15 Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
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Gadwells

 

Adding House Finches to the mix

Female House Finch
Female House Finch

I visited my grandmother recently in Jonesboro and her front yard was a hot spot for birds! I saw my first female and male House Finch as well as tons of Cardinals — one of my favorite birds! I later passed a European Starling while out walking my dog.

Male House Finch
Male House Finch
Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal
Breeding European Starling
Breeding European Starling

 

 

Do you see what I see (II) …

Pied-billed Grebe

After the bayou float, I had to walk about Arkansas Post to find the red-bellied woodpecker. I found the awesome bird and more.

Do you see the American Alligator?
Canada Goose
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Hairy or Downy Woodpecker
Northern Cardinal
Brown Thrasher
Not sure yet.