There are times when you can still be astonished by birds - and today was one of those days.
this is the time of year when you expect various types of sparrows to move through the area, but never have I seen White-crowned Sparrows in the numbers that have been here today!
everywhere you look there are White-crowned Sparrows. At one point, our tray feeder had 14 of them in it at one time.
there have been a few Gold-crowned Sparrows in the mix as well.
Another surprise today was over along the river....
a Peregrine Falcon.
So to bring us up to date since we are about to take off for a week or so....
Osprey are back and busy nest building....
American Goldfinch are back too, although not in great numbers yet.
Red-breasted Sapsuckers have been quite active too.
it seems that Northern Flicker have been more visible than usual too. Of course our continuing, cooler than normal spring may be changing the behavior of some birds as they hole up waiting to move on.
What is also a little unusual is the water levels....they had started to come up a couple of weeks ago, but have since dropped back to their extremely low level
normally, by now, that path would be underwater!