Hi - Sorry for any confusion caused by my previous message. Here's the one
I tried to send early Wed evening. Hope this one goes through.
I had the following visitors here in my yard in West Brattleboro late this
afternoon. There seemed to be a lot of commotion going on - maybe
territories, nesting sites being staked out.
House Sparrows (one carrying a Blue Jay feather longer than he was!)
Pigeon (1) pied - very interesting in appearance
One Chipmunk and NO Hummers yet - the feeder is waiting.
Last week (sorry so late) at the Retreat Meadows, I saw a Great Blue Heron,
Double-crested Cormorant, Common Mergansers, Belted Kingfisher, pair of a
Downy Woodpeckers, and an Eastern Kingbird. Also, last Friday morning
(4/30) a Sharp-shinned Hawk sat on the ground near our big bush right
outside the picture window with his prey (house sparrow) at his feet -
guess he wasn't ready for breakfast yet.
One more item of interest - on Sunday, 4/25, I was at the Oxbow Marina in
Northampton, MA watching my son play soccer. An adult Bald Eagle circled
overhead twice during the game. Glad I had my binoculars handy - they were
passed around a few times. The "birder" and the "soccer mom" in me were at
odds as to where to direct my attention! (Watching my goalkeeper son won