Saturday, May 22, 2010

Snow! ...end of May...Really?

From my backyard this evening at 9pm!  These poor migrating birds will be so confused.  Here is a Lazuli Bunting, a Black-headed Grosbeak, and a Red-wing Blackbird at my platform feeder.

This weird weather sure has pushed migrating birds through this area in the last couple days.

Update:  Here I am Sunday morning and the snow stayed the night.  The feeders are very active as you might imagine.  The white snow makes for a beautiful contrast to the tropical colors of the Lazuli Buntings, Bullock's Orioles, Black-headed Grosbeaks, and Western Tanagers.  They add to the Christmas feeling as they look like ornaments in the trees and on the ground.

The snow and cold might be hurting the insect eating migrants however.  I am currently watching what appears to be a lethargic Western Tanager eating lethargic insects off the frozen Great Plains Prairie grasses I planted on the slope behind my home.

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