Look to the sky during autumn and winter and if you’re lucky, you’ll see one of nature’s most amazing sights: the starling murmuration.
A murmuration of starlings, as this phenomenon is known, must be one of the most magical, yet underrated, wildlife spectacles in winter. Winging at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, an entire flock of birds can make hairpin turns in an instant.
Our tree swallows are back, and this exciting yearly event is underway in our front yard! We were alerted to the their appearance after hearing their cheerful twittery song and noticing their bat-like acrobatics as they raced for flying insects.
They seem to have arrived back all at once looking for their old nests. We now have up eight plastic gourds, which they seem to like very much. The openings are just right to prevent starlings from entering, and they hang from shepherd’s crooks planted firmly in the ground….
Let me show you how our neighbors across the road attract and feed the orioles every year. They allowed me to take pictures of their wonderful feeding stations. They see mainly Baltimore and Orchard orioles….
Are you yearning to get back outside to the garden and continue work on that ever-evolving plan you’ve envisioned all winter? Spring is definitely in the air when the sun decides to show itself and bulbs begin to bulge out of the ground and bloom their little heads off. Our annual show of cheerful, yellow daffodils and tulips is just days away….
At this time of year, life can be tough for our backyard birds. A cold snap can mean they need more energy – just to keep warm – and the short days leave less time to find food.