Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Our Winter Birds are Back
We love our backyard birds, and you will often find one, two or all three of us at the back door, binoculars to our eyes, spying the birds at the feeder, or the ones waiting in the trees. There are two times each year when we get really excited about the birds...spring, during the migration, for obvious reasons, so many wonderful birds coming through, spending a few days in our backyard, before they travel a little further north, and late fall, when our winter birds return.
The winter birds will hang around through the cold and snow, visiting our feeders every day. You would think after years of watching them we might get a little tired of it all, but we don't. I stand, many times throughout the day, watching them, identifying them, if it is a new to us bird, and marveling at their beauty.
The feeder you see above is one of two we have, this one is on the back sliding door, and the other one is on the kitchen window, right where I do the dishes, and prepare our meals. No matter the time of day, early morning as the sun rises, noon as I prepare lunch, or as the sun sets and I start the preparations for dinner, the birds are there, hovering around the feeder, bringing a little magic to my day.
Over the last few weeks our bird list has grown as the birds slowly find our feeders. So far the following birds are spied each day:
:: red breasted nuthatch
:: white breasted nuthatch
:: white throated sparrow
:: blue jay
:: dark eyed junco
:: tree sparrow
:: hairy woodpecker
Do you notice the birds in your backyard? If so, what birds are visiting your feeders?