We are delighted to welcome back to our bird feeders a small flock of evening grosbeaks.
Time was, these noisy colourful birds would descend in huge flocks and empty the feeder faster than you could pour sunflower seeds back in.
But this winter, they've been notable in their absence. All our songbirds are under threat these days, mostly from habitat loss, and also from climate change.
At our end, we do what we can. Our spruce bog, for example, remains virtually untouched as a breeding ground. Almost all of our 600 acres are in managed forest -- managed not only for trees, but also for wildlife, including the maintainance of several large open fields.
Still, we were thrilled to have a flock at the feeder. More seed was delivered immediately. And they've been back every day.
Of course, that might have something to do with the perch they've found near the feeder...