Silent Fall/Winter EndedPosted: January 17, 2015
This Fall and Winter were unusually silent. Most of the birds were gone. Not only in the Automatic Garden, but all over the area. People had actually written to the city and community papers wondering what happened to the birds. The weeks and months rolled on and the yard was mostly silent. A local bird expert explained that the birds may be changing their territories. All of them?
This last week the bird activity finally started to change. The birds are slowly coming back. This morning the garden was filled with the usual variety of local birds along with winter visitors. There was quite a ruckus in the trees and four Red-Tailed Hawks were spotted. It is unusual to see them, especially as a group. They may have been migrating. Shortly after the hawks moved on, there was another ruckus on the other side of the fence. The Barred Owl was out and was being chased by a Bluejay.
One winter visitor is the Ruby Crowned Kinglet. This is an old photo, but there is a Kinglet poking around the shrubs looking for bugs. I hurriedly put some sugar water out for him. It is reassuring to finally have the trees filled with the calling and singing sounds of birds again.