Mid-week birding - hints of spring returning

I recently learned that McCarthy Woods near where I live also extend to the other side of McCarthy Road and wildlife is more active on that side of the road (probably because that part is behind houses and some people have put up feeders).  I walked through there two Saturdays ago, but it was drizzling so I didn't took any photographs.  I did a lot of errands today, and before I went to the grocery store in the afternoon, I detoured to that area and did some bird-watching.

Unidentified finches - either house or purple.  I am never good at telling them apart.

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) - one of the plainest-looking but my favourite birds.

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) - I heard them the last time I passed by but this is my first photo of it this year.

Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) pecking through the branches.

First American Robin (Turdus migratorius) of the year!  I was quite excited to find it when I heard it singing above me.  Must be a sign of spring arriving, no?


I heard these Bohemian Waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus) calling in the distance, and it took me a while to find them through the trees.

Two that were a bit easier to see.

Male Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) didn't like me taking pictures of him.

It is nice to see more birds coming back now that the weather is getting warmer.  Now we just need the flowers and insects to return.

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