Spring is in full swing these days, and is rapidly giving way to an early summer. With temperatures soaring into the eighties and creeping up to ninety, I find myself enjoying the activity of the birds outside the cabin who come and go as the day’s temperature rises.
Last week I watched the neighborhood birds shifting positions and locations as they flew between the oaks around our cabin. A Lesser Goldfinch flew onto a leafless branch at the top of one large oak, which is a popular perch, displacing another finch. Then an Olive-sided Flycatcher, most likely the one I have previously observed in the area, chased it away and took over the perch. The postures of both birds is very similar. Is it the influence of the perch, or evidence of the dominance of the bird?