Date: 5/3/18 8:53 pm From: Nancy Young via VA-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [VA-bird] White-crowned Sparrow Botetourt County
A White-crowned Sparrow was in my back yard most of the day picking up seeds fallen from the feeders. The only other time I have seen one here was last November. And that one was an immature. Could it be the same individual?
I had a total of 18 species in my little yard today. One or two White-throats are still hanging around. The Bluebird box has 4 eggs. We put the house up this year because last year a pair of Bluebirds nearly killed themselves trying to find a nesting place in or on our house. We put it right next to the screen porch and the birds took to it right away. And just in time too. A flock of 6 or 7 Tree Swallows tried in vain to evict them. Our neighbor has a tall Martin house in his yard. I was hoping the swallows would settle there but I haven't seen them. Our back window looks out across a tiny grassy space into a thick and very tall hedge of Leland cypress. The birds seem to like the shelter and I'm sure that Robins and Catbirds have nests in there and maybe the Cardinals too. The hedge is just at the top of a drainage "pond" that is full of wild growing things- flowers and all sorts of grasses. It's so deep that the mowers don't tackle it but every other year or so when the willow trees start to get out of hand. (Or when someone complains.) When we moved from our large and wooded yard three years ago I thought I was done with yard birds. But it's been a pleasant surprise to find so many birds as well as rabbits and other critters in this manicured neighborhood. Another nice surprise was that many of the neighbors also put out bird baths, feeders and houses. We're probably breaking some rule or other but nobody seems to worry about it.