There were a number of birds out today. Several Juncos feeding on the ground, a House Finch, Marsh Wren, and several Northern Cardinal feeding at the bird feeder. A “murder” of Black Crows were working the lawn looking for earthworms. The earthworms were out because the ground is saturated. I haven’t seen any Robins yet this spring that would also be after the earthworms. The crows attracted the attention of a Turkey Vulture that landed looking for something to eat. The crows quickly joined together making a lot of noise and then chasing the turkey vulture away.
Daily Electric Energy Used (60.8 kWh) from Sense Home Energy Monitor and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (10.8 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Cloudy and rainy all day. A deficit of 50.0 kWh.
It has been very cold, and the local critters came out looking for food on this sunny morning. This is the first time that a crow came up onto the deck. It looks like it needs a bath, but all the water is frozen.
Some bigger birds stopped by the new bird feeders. Actually, they stayed on the ground below the feeder to work on the spilled seeds. First a male, then female Northern Cardinal. They were soon followed by a Blue Jay that chased the Cardinals away. After the Blue Jay left, a Mourning Dove showed up. Only small birds worked the bird feeders. The Black Crows stayed out in the grass, searching for insects.
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Scruffy deer and black crows working the back lawn. The deer are trimming the grass, waiting for more delectable treats out of my garden. The crows appear to be going after small insects (maybe the stink bugs!!!).