I love this time of year...my hands ache to be playing in dirt, I want to work in my garden. After a long winter of cold where most activities are indoors, I look forward to being outside; physically working...sweating. If ever I created 'resolutions' it would be this time of year. Go for it; plant a native bush that will feed wildlife and beautify your natural garden; dig up some turf and create another garden that requires less water and back-breaking labor to tend; collect some pinecones and dip or spread them with homemade suet; clean those feeders, drag out the nectar tubes...invite the birds and bees and butterflies to frolic in your yard! Oh my...I do love this time of year.
Today, it's been gently snowing all day; fluffy, wet whiteness slowly piling up on trees and fence lines. This kind of weather brings birds down off the mountains; and I'm ready for them! I've got warm-ish water out so they don't waste energy eating snow. I've got the suet feeders full, I've got several kinds of feed...all in separate feeders spread out a bit in the yard; all where I can watch from my big bay window which looks out over the backyard.
I've not seen many Evening Grosbeaks this year...but today about a dozen are here. What I love about these big finches is how their yellow bills change color during the breeding season to a beautiful blue-green. Sweet!
And I finally had the first Cassin's Finch of the season visit. His bright red topknot and pale, pale belly make him easy for me to see he's neither a House Finch nor the Purple Finch...which is a bit streakier in the belly and looks to have been dipped in raspberry sauce! I just love these Cassin's Finch...so subtle and yet that spiky, red top belies an accomplished mimic. Who knew?
Here is my bird list for the month of March:
White-throated Sparrow - tan , Hawk (Ferruginous?), Common Grackle , Turkey Vulture , Evening Grosbeak , Yellow-headed Blackbird , Hairy Woodpecker , American Robin , American Crow , Red-winged Blackbird , Blue Jay , Common Raven , European Starling , Northern Flicker - Red-shafted , Downy Woodpecker , Black-headed Chickadee , Black-billed Magpie , House Sparrow , American Goldfinch , Pine Siskin , Dark-eyed Junco - Oregon, Pink-sided, Slate and Gray-headed , House Finch - red, yellow and orange variants , Eurasian Collared-Dove
Photos from Wikipedia