Sunday, March 21, 2010

Fewer signs of spring

Cool, more seasonable weather has settled over the north shore. Birds are on the move but the waves of waterfowl and blackbirds may yet be weeks away. Even so, some changes are evident. Our backyard bird feeders, which have been oh-so-quiet through the last three weeks, were visited today by a pair of Dark-eyed Juncos, a pair of White-throated Sparrows and a pair of Pine Siskins (the first of 2010). At the weedy, over-grown driving range on Penn Lake Rd., we've seen changing numbers - 2, 45, 23, 15 - of Snow Buntings. More will soon follow, accompanied by northward bound Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs. The Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch has not been seen since March 13.Snow Buntings beside Penn Lake Road.


  1. The siskins and goldfinches are eating us out of house and home! They have been steady visitors all winter, but the nyger seed is disappearing very rapidly! The purple finches have contributed all winter too.
    Have seen snow buntings since late February.
    Still no new visitors, although the pair of eagles at Hurkett Cove seem to be gearing up for youngsters...bedding the nest, and mating.

  2. Amazing photo of the snow buntings they are so hard to get !