I didn't have enough time to go to the park this morning, so I set up shop on my back porch. I filled up all the feeders changed out the hummingbird nectar and put out a line of peanuts on the railing. Perfect weather, sunny with a cool breeze, and lots of bird activity.

It was bright enough where I could put my shutter speed up to 5000, and I might have gotten some really good hummingbird photos where I could freeze the birds super fast wings.

The Rose-breasted Grosbeak female was back. She was super calm and cautious compared to the other birds. Watching and waiting quietly for a while before flying in for some sunflower seeds. Still no sign of the male.

The crows were going berserk at the far end of the cul-de-sac, and I thought I heard a Red-shouldered Hawk over there. Crows will harass a predator until it leaves. About 15 minutes later 3 Red-shouldered Hawks flew over my backyard circling and diving and making a bunch of noise. I stood up to get some photos, and also scare away my feeder birds so the hawks didn't eat them.

I spotted one of the Carolina Chickadees that's nesting in the box under my deck. It would fly out from the box and land in various trees on the edge of the yard and yell at me.

A Tufted Titmouse was really skittish trying to get peanuts from the railing. It would fly to the left side, then the right side, then somewhere in the middle to snatch a peanuts. If I moved my camera too fast it would bail.

It took about 30-60 minutes just sitting still and quiet before the birds returned to the feeders. I watched them in the nearby trees until they got comfortable with me there.


I didn't see any of the cool spring warblers that pass through, but I was fortunate to count 23 species in my backyard. The Yellow-rumped Warblers that are winter birds are still hanging out. Now its time for pancakes!

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