There was snow in the forecast so we went to the boardwalk in the early morning ahead of the inclement weather. The birds greeted us as soon as we left the car. The American Crows, fewer in number now than earlier this year were in exceptional voice as were the Blue Jays. However, other birds are along the boardwalk now too and they are a welcome sight,
Two Mourning Doves sat in trees near the gazebo. Their cooing was audible above the noisy birds in the distance.
Numerous Black-capped Chickadees are back, hiding in the trees, waiting for walkers to place seeds along the bridge for them. They will feed out of one’s hand as well.
Red-breasted Nuthatches have returned and are ready to feed from one’s hand. However the more aggressive chickadees chase them away.
A single European Starling dropped by to see what’s going on. It is unusual to see one of these birds on its own.
The Song Sparrows have returned. We heard them and recognized their melodies long before we saw them. They are such powerful singers!
Meanwhile out over the harbour, a gaggle of Canada Geese flew by demanding our attention with their conversation as they looked for a place to land.
Can anyone identify this bird? I have never seen it before though I imagine it is common on the island.
After a winter of crows and jays, these new arrivals along the boardwalk entertain walkers out for exercise and a break from the isolation.