Sunday, February 15, 2009

It's Been a Long Week

I have been battling a horrific head cold this past week and haven't been able to do much but stare blankly through watery eyes. My family didn't really notice the difference until I didn't go to work. The silver lining in all this is that I did get a lot of time watching my feeders. I was very excited to see Common Redpolls at my thistle feeder regularly all week. They aren't here in huge numbers, but this is the first time I've ever seen them here.

One of the signs of spring that I love to see is the changing of American Goldfinches into their summer plumage ("alternate" plumage to banders). In the next few weeks these birds will start to look pretty ragged.

I did go out to chase the Varied Thrush that is being seen not too far north of the state fairgrounds in St. Paul. I sat at the location for over an hour and saw some nice birds but alas, no thrush.

To be honest, when you can't get out to bird even the House Sparrows that come to the feeders can be a source of entertainment.


Chicken Herder from Westville said...

Beautiful birds and pictures!

Shady Character said...

I'm a bit frustrated by how little I've been able to actually get out so I've been appreciating my feeders. If only the birds would visit them more! It was surprising and exciting to see a few pine siskins on them Saturday. Otherwise it's mostly a few goldfinches and the occasional cardinal or house sparrow that visit them. Clearly I'm not marketing them well enough.