Pretty quiet around my feeders ........ or perhaps I should say it's very noisy.
J - A - Y - S. Blue in colour, endless capacity for oil seeds, screaming half the time, bullying all the time and just generally harassing the other birds.
Pigeons and Mourning doves are about the only ones that can really hold their own.
I did a figure 8 circumnavigation of the SG Marsh on Monday morning. Not a great variety of species on show but fairly high numbers for most of those species.
With current low water levels, all the wader species are favoring the central portion of the northern marsh.
19 GREAT BLUE HERONS (but only 2 GREAT EGRETS);
26 GREATER YELLOWLEGS;
about 2 dozen GREEN WINGED TEAL;
8 HOODED MERGANSERS;
a dozen WOOD DUCKS;
8 BLACK DUCKS ;
2 BELTED KINGFISHERS;
8 RED WINGED BLACKBIRDS;
a ton of SONG SPARROWS;
20+ SWAMP SPARROWS;
several WHITE THROATED SPARROWS and
about a dozen CROWS.
There were numerous snipe-type birds too distant or too back-lighted to identify.
The most apparent birds were TURKEY VULTURES, 28 in total.
They were first seen feeding on something unidentified out towards the centre of the marsh. Then they all moved to the North West corner to marsh to roost and preen and take the sun. They were undisturbed as I made my way almost directly below them.
Around 10 o'clock, with rising temperature, they spiraled up and away, mainly eastward.