In my last post I focused on the winter residents in our yards. While doing so, I forgot to mention one visiting species: Chipping Sparrow.
Every winter we often have up to a dozen of these cute little sparrows in our yards. Surprisingly, they frequently turn up at the same time as the much larger House Sparrows.
The two or three Tufted Titmice that appeared last year seem to have become permanent residents - and very welcome they are, too.
Our one-footed male Northern Cardinal continues to thrive. He's one of half-a-dozen Cardinals that regularly visit our feeders.
Other permanent residents include White-winged Doves, Carolina Wrens, Carolina Chickadees, Northern Mockingbirds (below), a pair of Downy Woodpeckers (male below) and a female Red-bellied Woodpecker.
Dee and I were excited when a pair of Eastern Bluebirds checked out our only birdhouse at Christmas.
Unfortunately, the Bluebirds must have decided the accommodation was sub-standard because they have never returned.