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May 21

Good morning.
Last week I hung up my oriole feeder, and we have been having regular vists from both the male and female Baltimore oriole. They appear to be nesting in our poplar tree again. We're hearing them singing quite regularly.

At noon today we noticed our first hummingbird of the year. He was a beautiful greenbacked little fellow. They usually stay around for few days in spring and disappear for the rest of the summer, stopping in again in fall. They use the same feed the orioles use, so that works well.

Several times now we have noticed a wood duck flying out of our poplar tree, but can't determine yet if they have nested there or not. It has a very distinctive call and we are beginning to recognize it.

May 12

Last year when our plum tree was in full bloom, we spotted a Cape May Warbler flitting around among the blossoms.  We sat and watched him for a few hours. Now the tree is again in full bloom, but this year we have to content ourselves with a few butterflies and bumblebees around the blossoms. 

Yesterday I was pruning the raspberries - not a very pleasant task - but while I was at it, the brown thrasher was singing to me.  His song is varied and he can mimic a number of different birds.  I can now recognize his song by the fact that it is varied, and that he repeats each phrase. 


Another  thing happened the other day.  We heard the drumming noise of a woodpecker.  It was a yellowshafted flicker, using the neighbour's playhouse as a drum.  He kept this up for some time.  I think he was just making noise.

The wood ducks have been checking out our cottonwood tree as a potential home.  It seems that they again have decided to build elsewhere.

May 9

The migrating sparrows seem to be on the move. Today we saw only one or two white throated or white crowned sparrows. There are few Harris sparrows around yet.
The grackles remain active around the feeders, and as I m writing this, there is Downy woodpecker at the feeder.
The mourning dove appears to be building nest (such as it is) in the spruce tree just outside our window.
We,ve sighted and heard the Eurasian collared dove several times on our walk through the village. The last time was in the area of the Ens Heriage Homestead. It night be nesting thre.
We ve had a few goldfinches around. At noon today were more of them. At one point I saw 8 or10 at one time.
Now we re waiting for the orioles and the swallows.