Friday, April 17, 2009

Fox Sparrows have Returned.

I always feel that Spring has come when I see the first Fox Sparrow. I remember the first time I saw them many years ago. It was fall, the leaves had fallen and it was a sunny day. I heard a racket coming from the woods as if something big was walking through, kicking up the dried leaves. Curiosity got the better of me so getting up enough nerve, I quietly walked over towards the sound. I didn't see anything at first but then spotted leaves flying up from the ground. There they were, two Fox Sparrows. They would jump ahead then pull a pile of leaves back off the ground and look for goodies. At that time I didn't have a clue what they were but on checking in the bird book I had at the time, I found out.

There has also been a Nuthatch here since yesterday. The first one I've seen this winter. It's strange because last winter they were here for the whole season.

If you look down on the bottom left you'll see the Fox Sparrow. He blends so well with the dry leaves. You can click on any of the pictures to enlarge.

Black Capped Chick A Dee.

Siskins still about as well.


Pete said...

nice to see them back

love the chickadee

Andrew at Quicksilverbirds said...

Great to see the Fox Sparrows Oldcrow, great looking little birds. Hope you're on the mend now

Tricia said...

They're very well camouflaged, but pretty birds. But that's one cute Chic a Dee.

I detect a lack of the white stuff on the ground too!

Nan and =^..^= said...

They do make a lot of noise and are so well camouflaged, you'd think it was a big critter! My husband told me he's seen them in our garden in Maine recently...( I'm still away).

Anonymous said...

Lovely pictures OC


Ali said...

I love chickadees. One of my favourite birds!

Ali @ A Cosy Life

Janine said...

Great shots of a cryptic little bird, OC.