I was surprised to see a Kingbird perched at the very top of my tallest
maple this afternoon.
Other new arrivals over the past few days include three female
White-Throated Sparrows (the handful of males I was hosting moved on a
couple days ago), at least two White-Crowned Sparrows, and three
Gorgeous George male Red-Breasted Grosbeaks. (No females yet in
evidence, but they're usually only a day or two behind the boys.)
I've seen two of the RBG males peacefully sharing the feeder, and all
three hanging out in the same tree not far from each other.
I assume one of them is the one that's been breeding here for the last
three years, and the other two are offspring, but it still seems odd to
see these normally pretty territorial birds sharing potential nesting
territory without friction.
Last year, I had two of them breeding here, and often saw the two males
at the same feeder together.
Also interesting to me is that one of the three has a much larger and
more splendiferous red bib than the other two. He's also been the
highest up of the three birds when they're all perched in a tree or
Does anybody know whether the size of the red big varies with either age
or status, or is just random variation? With House Sparrows, apparently
the size of the black bib is much bigger on the most dominant males than
it is on the others.
Other welcome spring sights included tree swallows indulging in repeated
bouts of mating high in the maple, and a pair of House Finches doing the
same in the lilacs, then actually snuggling together for a bit afterwards.