An eastern screech owl took up residence in an old wood duck house.
For the first time, a bluebird pair nested along the cornfield. And first ever tufted titmice showed up regularly while a summer tanager made an unprecedented visit this spring.Even a bald eagle landed near our property line in March to look over my backyard.
On the other hand some old friends were definitely missing. No longer would I see the red headed woodpeckers chase the squirrels away from the feeder. Its been years since I have heard the song of the eastern meadowlark. Purple martins are not to be seen circling above the yard in the spring. Worst of all, there were no rose breasted grosbeaks downing their daily ration of sunflowers seeds.
Till this week. Looking up from the book I was reading in my easy chair, I noticed movement in the backyard. To my utter surprise, the platform feeder had four rose breasted grosbeaks aboard. In addition, their were several clinging to the hanging feeders as well as on the ground. It was a RBG bonanza!
Of course, they ate their fill and moved on north the next day. Still two have remained behind. They stop by regularly and may be nesting in the woods close by. Perhaps a new generation of these beautiful birds will adopt this place as their home. I surely hope so. Good to see you again my old friends. :)