I never thought I would have a Fox Sparrow as a yard bird so I was quite surprised when one showed up on March 31st. I was so excited but I wanted to prove that I saw it, so…though I knew the picture would be horrible taken through both and inner and outer storm window, I took a picture. It was a cloudy and stormy day and you can see the result below.
But then, they kept coming! Day after day more Fox sparrows arrived! On April 4th I counted 10 Fox Sparrows in my yard! TEN! I never even thought I would have one! But, I knew I wanted a better photo and shooting through these old windows just wasn’t going to cut it. So, on April 3rd I went outside and sat on the cold granite steps and waited for the birds to relax and go back to feeding. Eventually they did and I snapped away. These are just a few of the nearly 50 photos I took of this sparrow! There numbers have dropped off now to about 4 to 6 individual birds, but I hope at least a couple will hang around for the summer!
We are in classic spring weather mode here in Maine with warm temperatures and sunshine one day, then rain and wind the next. It’s up and down weather-wise right now but on a steady warming trend. There are so many birds in my yard that I find it hard to get anything done! I se birds out every window all day long. then, at dusk and dawn the Woodcocks take wing, peenting all the while. It is an amazing sight and you can often see me in my front yard standing with my arms by my sides and my head tilted upwards, jaw slack with awe as I stare in wonder at these birds! At the moment I feel like I don’t ever want to move away from here.