Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Second Look--May 4, 2016

The birds have been very busy this week, so this is going to be a bird only Second Look. The plants will have to wait.

Here are somethings I saw this week 
during a Second Look.

 We had a lot of rain this week, but the birds came out anyway. You can see this female cardinal looks a little wet.

This blue jay looks soggy also.

Blue jay on a drier day.

It may have rained a lot this week, but the real event was a visit from a pileated woodpecker.
One reason for the excitement was that these are big birds. I'm guessing that this one is about 15"-20" long.

Compare the pileated woodpecker to this little chipping sparrow that is only about 3" long. (You can use the suet feeder as a scale.)

Male cardinal


Male bluebird and white-breasted nuthatch.

Speaking of bluebirds, their eggs hatched this week. This picture was taken on Monday.

By Tuesday, all five had hatched.