April 6, 2003
are returning from their wintering grounds in Central America. They
have been spotted as far north as Ohio and Indiana.
As with some other birds, the males
return first, with the females arriving
a bit later.
Few, if any, flowers are in bloom when the hummingbirds arrive in
the northern part of their range. So instead of feeding on flower
nectar, they drink sap from the holes that yellow-bellied
sapsuckers drill in trees. Along with the sap, they also eat insects
that are attracted to the sapsucker wells.
April 5, 2003
glad to say we only had three or four inches of new snow - instead
of 8 to 16 inches! But there was also some rain, so now there's a
crust on top of the snow. That may keep the deer from traveling much
until it warms up and the crust softens up a little.
I noticed today that a few of the goldfinches
have almost completed their molt. But it sure doesn't seem much like
I think it's time for a wildflower-viewing break. Here's a nice photo
of fireweed and another of marsh
April 4, 2003
ground was almost bare for a couple of days there. I didn't see any
deer during that time. Then,
after the snowfall on Wednesday night, I started seeing them again.
We had about five more inches of snow last night, and I wouldn't be
surprised if the deer came down out of the woods this evening at twilight.
predict 8 to 16 inches of snow this afternoon and tonight. I sure
hope it's less,
because the deer and the bears are
very hungry this time of year. Snow cover makes it hard for them to
find nutritious food.
April 3, 2003
a flock of robins feeding on the
sumac fruit today. We had a couple of inches of snow last night, which
makes it more difficult for seed-eating birds to find food. But there's
still plenty of fruit on the sumac bushes for the robins and other
birds that eat fruit.
Still haven't seen any signs of the woodcock,
though it has been spotted in other nearby areas.
April 2, 2003