Winter birding in my front yard

Brown creepers find hidden insect larvae and eggs in trees during winter.

Brown creepers find hidden insect larvae and eggs in trees during winter.

 

 

The snow has fallen — and the birds are hungry. Those of us who feed them can enjoy the view after the recent storm when birds were hunkered down waiting for a break in the weather to feed.

It always seems this time of year that I see up to six or more cardinals, males and females, hopping on the white snow or perched at a feeder snatching sunflowers. Also visiting the feeder were black-capped chickadees, white-breasted nuthatch, American goldfinches, along with the nonnative house sparrows and European starlings, and a red-bellied woodpecker, who’s usually seen on the peanut feeder. Plus we’ve had a white-throated sparrow hanging around all winter, and he’s been getting sunflower seeds too. That chalky white throat puts the color of snow to shame.

Yesterday, a brown creeper was searching for hidden insect larvae and eggs in our Norway spruce next to the feeders.

Winter can be harsh at times — but the birds in my front yard bring cheer.

What are you seeing in your snowy yard this winter?