Good morning! How is everyone doing today? We are back to being white once again, though we only received 1 1/4 inches (about 3cm) of snow overnight. Just enough to make it look more like winter. Oddly there was a couple of juncos out here this morning, I thought they had all gone. The evening grosbeaks are here eating their breakfast and arguing a bit now and then. They seem to enjoy doing that. They look so beautiful with that bright golden yellow against the white background. There isn’t as many now as before, looks like most of the females and young have taken off south. That will happen if it’s going to be a tough winter. Not necessarily cold and lots of snow, but lack of natural food that will send them south. Males and some females will stick around no matter what.
I put out some suet yesterday and it wasn’t long before there was a male hairy woodpecker sitting there helping himself to the treat. About an hour later I was looking out the window and a male downy woodpecker was sitting on the suet enjoying his snack. I put suet out every winter for the birds, it’s a good quick energy food for them in cold weather. Chickadees and nuthatches also enjoy it and it’s a great help to those little birds, especially when that temperature begins to fall into the very cold range. There really isn’t many birds around these days. There should be 2 or 3 dozen chickadees, right now I think there is 8 of them. A dozen evening grosbeaks, a dozen blue jays, 1 nuthatch, 1 each of the woodpeckers. Each year is different though, it’s impossible to tell which birds, or how many, will be around. The pine grosbeaks and redpolls disappeared, and so did Theodore.
Well, I picked out a couple of winter bird pics to share today. The featured image at the top shows two juncos at one of the feeders, I don’t think they’re too happy with the new fallen snow. Then we have a male evening grosbeak getting his beak messed up with eating sunflower seeds. I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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