Tuesday, December 24, 2013

In Our Backyard

All of our resident birds have been coming to the feeders in our backyard.

I always enjoy watching Northern Cardinals rolling sunflower seeds around in their beaks until the shells have been removed.

Our usual House Finch family has been largely absent. However, a single female has been visiting frequently. Unfortunately, she has some form of avian pox and her left eye is completely covered over. She may survive, as long as she has access to our feeders and as long as her right eye remains unaffected.

The Tufted Titmice that moved in earlier this year are still constant visitors.

The biggest surprise has been the lack of winter residents so far. We have had the occasional Chipping Sparrow and Yellow-rumped Warbler, but the only bird that seems to have settled in is an Orange-crowned Warbler.

I'm hoping that more birds will move in when we have more cold fronts, in the early new year.

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