Over the last week, my yard has been dominated by Goldfinches, Juncos, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers, a pair of Northern Flickers, and a pair of Carolina Wrens.
I was hoping the Northern Flickers were a breeding pair and might nest in a nearby tree. But then I learned how to tell a male apart from a female, and the pair in my yard are both males. I have high hopes for the Carolina Wrens, though. There is one pair that spends the entire day in my yard. They eat suet, and devour the dried mealworms I put out. I do have a nesting box in the yard, and am really hoping they choose to nest there. It’s been up for about a week, and no bird that I have seen has checked it out. But I have noticed that the Carolina Wrens have been perching close to it, and singing away in their loud voices right outside my window. So we’ll see.
This is the first year I’ve had a nest box up in my yard, and I’m excited to see what will come of it. I’m so ready for spring to start!