In addition to compiling life lists of bird species, some bird watchers like to keep track of their First Of Year birds, or FOYs — the first time they see a particular species in a calendar year.
I’m informal about my FOYs, but this is certainly a great time of year to add to the count.
In the past week, I’ve seen FOY song sparrows, goldfinches, chipping sparrows, buffleheads, eared grebes, and I forget what else.
Just this morning, I had an FOY white-crowned sparrow scrounging for safflower.
I also briefly had a raven land on one of my trees. In the Sibley bird book, under Common Raven, the first word in the description is: “Uncommon.” They aren’t all that uncommon in parts of the Northland, but I certainly don’t often see one in my back yard.
Meanwhile, a robin’s nest suddenly appeared on my front porch. I’m not sure if it’s being built on spec or if it’s a certain nesting site.
I don’t think the robins will be happy with my habit of reading on the front porch, if it ever gets warm enough to do that.
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