Spring Migration

I’ve had a bunch of migrating birds in my yard recently. We’ve had two weeks of excessive clouds and rain and bad weather tends to ground migrants until better flying weather returns. So far this month I’ve had red-breasted nuthatches, black-capped and mountain chickadees, pine siskins, Cassin’s finches, American Goldfinch, blue jays, hermit thrush, western wood pewee, white-crowned sparrow, yellow-rumped warbler and yellow warblers.

Pine Siskins

Pine Siskins

It was so wet outside that even the birds looked soggy. I took pity on them and filled the feeders, which they promptly emptied in a couple of hours.

Wet Cassin's Finch

Wet Cassin’s Finch

I loved all the commotion though. The rain didn’t stop each of them from singing, chirping, calling and chipping. It’s been noisy around here.

White-crowned Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Today we’re back to our sunny skies with a few thunderstorms interspersed throughout the day.

Migration is an amazing feat that most birds and animals do twice a year. Scientists still really don’t know how birds navigate such huge distances. I’m just really glad they do.

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

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