I hope everyone is taking advantage of this beautiful day! Weather forecasters are predicting a wet start to fall which officially starts this week. The birds seem to think harsh weather will soon be here too. I’m watching the goldfinch attack my nyger thistle feeder. The babies look so sleek and sharp in their new feathers and dark bill. The parents look ragged as they molt their bright summer feathers and change into their winter feathers. They all squeak and fuss when a chickadee plants himself on their feeder.
While the goldfinch flutter and flap and never fly in a straight line, the chickadees seem to be no nonsense flyers. They fly in like a guided missile and plant their feet on the feeder with such confidence, sometimes even upside-down. They grab a seed quickly and then shoot off to eat it or hide it for later.
Then a hummingbird flies by and stops at her nectar feeder. Can you believe how round they have become? They are like giant marbles with wings.
The blue jays and cardinals are no longer bald. Their winter feathers seem to be growing in nice and thick, although their heads still look a little small for their body.
There have been lots of reports about unusual birds migrating through. And don’t get me started on the antics of the squirrels this time of year. Just drive careful and be on the lookout for crazed squirrels darting in the street, stopping in the middle trying to decide if they should continue or abort their mission to cross the road.
Feed the birds! Enjoy the day!
Notes from Wild Birds Unlimited mid-Michigan