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?