American Robins have returned to the meadows. Bright red, busy and being driven off by the growing hordes of Starlings that have take root here over the past 25 years. They strip the berry bushes and feed on ground bugs usually reserved for migrating robins.
We had a big drop-in of Long-tailed Ducks on Sunday March 11. Up to thirty of them landed on the road to Tow Hill and were stranded there. They were lively and couldn’t be caught and local people helped move them to the roadside so they wouldn’t be run over. One or two arrived in boxes at our door. After a rest they were returned to the water. We believe the birds were moving through and got disoriented in the sudden snow-storms that swept through.
A Fox Sparrow scrabbled in the bushes this morning, not singing yet, but a Song Sparrow was. Nice to hear it.