Winter Delights – The Birds

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The bird feeders are busy places and a variety of birds can be found at any time of the year.  In the winter the most common visitors are bluejays, sparrows, chickadees, nuthatches, cardinals, goldfinches, woodpeckers, doves, and juncos.

The weather has been dull, dreary, foggy and rainy this past week but I’ve still been able to get a few photos as the birds flit in and out of the various feeders in the garden.

One day the nuthatch was exploring one of the birdhouses on the fence.  I can’t say I recall seeing it go in the birdhouse before but you never know.  It was a bit early for nesting so perhaps it was just scoping out the possibilities.  Have you ever seen a nuthatch use a birdhouse?

exploring the bird house at

Another day the bluejay was at the far back of the garden in the brush.  It looked like he had found something to eat there. I think the birds are enjoying having the grass and brush exposed during January.  He stayed there several minutes enjoying whatever it was he had found … perhaps a stash of nuts the squirrel had left.

a bluejay at

On a very foggy morning the juncos were visiting the coil feeder.  It wasn’t the best light for taking photos but you can see they were enjoying the homemade suet.

juncos at the coil feeder at

On that same foggy morning the cardinal was enjoying the safflower seed.

a cardinal at the safflower feeder at

Both the hairy and downy woodpeckers have been munching at the coil feeder.  This feeder is by the kitchen window and they are used to us moving around while they eat.

woodpeckers at the coil feeder at

Some days have seen temperatures about +5 Celsius which has made most of the snow cover melt away.  We’ve had puddles in the garden from the rain.  January won’t be classified as a usual winter month for us.  But one month of winter has gone, just 2 more to go.  I’m hoping we get more of the same type of weather, but it will be a wait and see game.

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