american goldfinch, American Tree Sparrow, backyard birds, Black-capped Chickadee, Dark-eyed Junco, Downey woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird, female Eastern Bluebird, female Northern Cardinal, Hairy Woodpecker, House finch, male Northern Cardinal, northern cardinal, Northern region winter birds, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Song Sparrow, Tufted Titmouse, white-breasted nuthatch, White-throated Sparrow, winter birds
And Enjoying Bird Watching
Snow is still on the ground, a residue of the snowfall a few days ago. It’s very peaceful watching snow falling and the quietness afterward as the snow absorbs sound pretty well. Though it was too cold to go outside, a joyful moment was still there.
We hang bird feeders along the patio roof during winter which makes it much easier for us to refill them and we can bird watch when circumstance stops us from doing anything else. It’s also easier for us to patrol and protect the feeders from European Starlings and House Sparrows. The down side is we have to sweep bird droppings and whatever else they’ve dropped off the ground underneath. In spring, after we move the feeders back to the garden, we use soap and water to clean the remaining effluent off the fence. But it’s worth the effort. We can observe our avian friends closely and they can also take shelter in the woodpile under the roof from predators too large to squeeze in.
These are some of what we enjoyed a few days ago.
There are others that are more elusive like the Carolina wren, the Pileated Woodpecker and the Northern Flicker. Clearly not wanting the publicity with being caught on camera.