I know, I know, my posting has been sporadic at best. And when I've posted, I haven't shared much about the birds in my yard. December was busy with the store and all and that just morphed into January and before I knew it, it's February for gosh sakes!
Anyway, I did take some pictures during that time so I'll use those to help me recall what has been going on in my yard for the last two months.
Back on December 19th, something possessed me to shine a flashlight on the feeders on the west side of the house and I found a flying squirrel eating from my safflower cylinder. I tried to take some pictures holding the flashlight between my legs, trying to aim it at the squirrel, and taking pictures. Yeah, right. I lucked out when I saw him again, coincidentally exactly 1 month later on January 19th. This time I just used the flash. It didn't concern him at all - he just sat there and devoured safflower seed for about 10 minutes before I finally shooed him off.
On Christmas Day, had a Red-winged Blackbird visit the yard. This guy's probably an immature male, with it's streaking. Notice the pale yellow wing covert and characteristic pointy bill. An unusual winter visitor!
On Christmas day, I made pinecone birdseed ornaments for the birds (here's a link to recipes.)
I find it amazing that they can hold on!
That's the sharpie in the background!
As I've already posted, January 1 brought a new yard bird, the Red-bellied Woodpecker. She visited for two days, but I haven't seen her since we returned from Atlanta to empty feeders. On the day we saw the red-bellied, we also had SIX Hairy Woodpeckers in the yard. We've never had that many at one time!
Purple Finches nest here but have become a less frequent winter visitor over the years. We have had an isolated 1 or 2 visit the feeders this winter, including this handsome group that visited January 6th.
I had a tail-less chickadee at the feeders last fall and now have one again. I wonder if it's the same guy??
The snow has been accumulating rapidly this winter and with at least 2 more months (and sometimes even into April!) of winter, I'm not sure what we're going to do with more snow. Up here in the foothills of the Adirondacks, we've had nearly 80 inches so far. Here's a couple views of the snow taken from the front deck.
I'm glad to be back writing about what's going on around here. I promise to be better now that things have settled down a little.