Posted by Jane N on


It's been awhile since I've posted a new blog, sorry about that, but I've been enjoying the time at my cabin and have no internet there. It's been a great summer but now its time to go back to work. With all the tree drama of 2016 when the tornado ravaged the cabin yard it seemed like the cleanup would never end. But all the hard work of the last two years has payed off, all that hauling of brush and dragging the logs out of the way finally made a difference. The yard has come back faster than I expected! The resilience of Nature is amazing.

The cabin is now surrounded by a meadow of wild grasses and young trees. The new environment has brought in a new group of birds, now there are Sparrows and Wrens flying about, the Song Sparrow, Ipswich Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Lincoln Sparrow and Winter Wren are frequent visitors.

All the standing dead trees that lost their top third during the storm now offer a banquet of bugs for the Woodpeckers. Over the course of a few days I have seen the Red-breasted Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Three-toed Woodpecker and the Pileated Woodpecker all pecking at the dead trees standing and those laying on the ground looking for bugs under the bark. They sure seemed to be getting a lot to eat as the bark is flying off the trunks and they keep coming back for more.

It's been a great summer at the lake I've tallied up a pretty good list of bird sightings! All these birds were seen out on the lake or in the cabin yard. And summer isn't officially over yet so I just might add to this list. So here we. 

Besides the birds listed above I have also seen;
Canada Goose
Common Loon
Common Merganser
Cormorant ( still checking ID on which kind, that's a whole story in it's self)
Belted Kingfisher
Ring Billed Gull
Spotted Sandpiper
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Broad-winged Hawk
Common Raven
American Crow
Grey Jays
Blue Jays
American Robin
Mourning Dove
Hermit Thrush
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Tree Swallow
Cedar Waxwing ( still looking for the Bohemian Waxwing )
Black-capped Chickadee
American Goldfinch
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Parula
Black-throated Green Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Brown Creeper
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Barred Owl

Phew that's quite a list! So what have you all seen lately?
Happy Birding

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