The unseasonably warm February temperatures brought the birds of spring to our backyard. Some Eastern Bluebirds winter in central Ohio, but they don’t search for insects in our yard until spring. A pair of America Robins left the shelter of the woods to check for worms and larvae. The unexpected guest was the Red-winged Blackbird. The is the earliest a Redwing has arrived in the past decade.
Since it is womens’ day, a little video from this morning. Had to film it with the phone from the computer screen, but here is the local Bluebird lady, checking out the nestbox. I love how she lights up in the end. I want to wish each and every woman out there a wonderful day. (Every day should feel like womens’ day, but it is nice to congratulate on the occasion too)
The eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis) is a small thrush found in open woodlands, farmlands, and orchards. It is the state bird of Missouri and New York. This species measures 16–21 cm long, spans 25–32 cm across the wings, and weighs 27–34 g.
The male Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) watches as its mate selects a raisin from the feeder tray. The recent cold weather has reduced the available insect food supply for the bluebirds, so these birds have had to resort to finding food where they can. A fruit and nut mix is a good food choice for a number of different birds at times like this.