Acrobatic as well as aggressive, the versatile pine siskin will feed from tube feeders, trays, or globe feeders, thistle sacks, and occasionally on the ground for spilled seed there. They balance easily on the many diverse swaying devices we put out for winter birds we enjoy attracting. Where they appear is always a surprise. It’s all about the availability of the local food supply.
Although song sparrows are partly migratory–depending upon the severity of the winter experienced–I welcome them back as early as I can see them. How far this little sparrow migrates may only be a few days’ flying time away.
Tamworth–March 22, 2017–The saw-whet owl is the smallest we have in the northeast, being a chunky eight-inches long. As the owl nesting season begins in earnest at this time of year, we may hear it at dusk sending piping notes
I am thrilled to see small ducks that wouldn’t be present here for the rest of the year, because they usually nest well to the north of us during the breeding season. They are only passing through to warmer climes for overwintering, then later return. Such a species is the lesser scaup, or “bluebill.”
The bobcat is an adaptable predator that inhabits wooded areas as well as suburban backyards, forest edges, and swampy environments. It remains in some of its original range, but local populations are vulnerable to our many roads and also extirpation by coyotes and domestic animals. Bobcat sightings have become frequent in the Ossipee Lake area, making it timely to reprint this Country Ecology article.