As it turned out, no one came out but the grackles sat in a tree for a while and then flew to the ground to pick at the corn feed. They were watchful but apparently very hungry, too. I moved as closely as I dared not to flush them and began snapping pictures. These birds move so differently from others with numerous angular poses.
Suddenly, I thought I caught sight of a small raptor among the trees and all of the little birds, including juncos, Pine Siskins and the grackles, lifted off and disappeared into the woods. I decided not to wait for their return as I was quite satisfied to have even seen them at all.
Each day now will be a wonder. Migrating birds are beginning to appear all around us and I hope to see one of every species. It seems that birds are returning a little early this year and that suits me just fine.
Note: I have now updated my eBird list with all of my Newfoundland birds. Down the line, I will add birds that I have seen in Arkansas. Now, all I have to do is enter my bird sightings as they occur. I want to thank Jared Clarke for following this process and helping me to ensure the information is accurate.
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