First - we had our old sunroom torn down and rebuilt last year. The construction tore up the back yard pretty bad. It has taken some time but we finally have a landscaper trying to make the backyard livable again.
Second - we are in the midst of a global pandemic which is forcing both of us to work from home everyday. Connie has claimed the new sunroom as her makeshift office.
Third - the weather has been wacky. Lots of rain and colder than normal. But it is finally beginning to feel like spring.
I guess those factors all add up to WOW in the yard. It stared last Monday when I spotted this male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the Dogwood tree above the pond.
We've had Common Yellow-throats in the yard before. I photographed this one through the window from my office so it is not a great photo.
I looked to the left and spotted this male Baltimore Oriole in the next tree.
A Black and White Warbler isn't unusual but he showed up as I was outside watching the other birds, so I snapped a photo.
|Black and White Warbler
Northern Parulas are also a common visitor to our yard.
I know this isn't a bird, but it just goes to show how active the yard has been this week. I found a soccer ball in the yard and assumed it belonged to the neighbor so I kicked it into their yard. The next morning, Peanut started barking at the window. Connie and I looked out and saw the neighborhood Fox trotting down the hill. He stopped and to our surprise, he started playing with the ball!
Bird action slowed down on Thursday and I headed to the shore which was a kind of a bust for birds. We did have a few good birds including this Bay-breasted Warbler at Cox Hall Creek. This is probably the best photo I've been able to get of one.
Back home and to work today and here come the birds again! Today, I peered outside and to my surprise, another Bay-breasted Warbler in our pond! Unfortunately, I missed the photo. I also missed a photo of a Tennessee Warbler in the pond. I did manage to photograph our resident Blue Jay getting a quick drink.
Our Ruby-throated Hummingbird is making the most of the trumpet honeysuckle.
What a week!