First of season Cassin’s Vireo showed up at the swamp this morning. It was busy dining on bugs. The bird’s back was a nice green-yellow. March 23 is a bit early for migrating Cassin’s Vireos.
Another first of season bird also showed at the same spot, a crisp male Townsend’s warbler, a common spring migrant. Also, an early bird, these birds usually filter through in mid-april.
The wintering pair of Evening Grosbeaks that showed up on February 16 continue. In December 2012 a female showed up and stayed all winter, being seen every day at my seed feeder until early April.
Orioles, Hooded and Bullock’s, have been freeloading off of my jelly feeders. I’ve had as many as 9 in the yard at once yet the peak of their migration is still a while off.
Rather than using old- fashioned engineer’s scales to depict the size of an artifact, modern archaeologists use beer cans. But you’d expect that they drink better beer.