Observing nature from our own backyards

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 6:15pm

It’s spring, and a wide variety of birds have arrived to make their annual visit to Block Island. With so many of us sheltering-in-place and spending more time in our backyards than we normally would, The Block Island Times posed a question on social media: What plants and animals have you observed at your residence?

Here are some of the answers we received, along with photos:

“Baltimore oriole, orchard oriole, Rose breasted Grosbeak, Brown Thrasher and Sand Hill crane.” — Heather Hatfield 

“Loon and rose breasted grosbeak.” — Heidi Tallmadge

“An eastern towhee.” — Champlin Starr

“Summer Tanager, immature male.” — Kristina Goll Schultz

“We have Ospreys that return every year.” — Maureen Lawton

“Scarlet Tanger.” — Brian Turner

“Sandhill crane.” — Junior Pineda

“Reeves pheasant. One of the escapees from the animal farm.”— Viktorija Butlevska