I was soon to find out she was not alone as another joined in which provided a few minutes of entertainment as I watched them chase after each other only to see them eating side by side a few minutes later.
The winds were fierce and the snow relentless as various birds started coming to my feeders. The picture above was not enhanced in anyway except for lightening it some, the shadow on the bottom was due to my window frame.
I also had a record number of White-throated Sparrows today who were all underneath the feeders taking advantage of any spillage that may come their way.
I also had my first arrival of House Finches this season and when they come, I go through seed rather fast as they have voracious appetites. I had 12 of them total this AM which is double the number from last year. Will be putting out another thistle feeder to make sure the American Goldfinches still have their feeder and continue to be diligent in cleaning as the House Finches are usually the ones that carry that awful finch disease my goldfinches got last year.
Then of course there were the Song Sparrows with another record number. I am guessing these are the sparrows from across the street where there are at least a half dozen of them. Word must have gotten out that my feeders were filled to the rim so they came to help empty them some.
And then the Dark-eyed Juncos, which are always my most numerous of birds where I will have ranges of 4 to 25 at times.
Perched on top of a sunflower that I allow to remain up for the winter as additional food for the birds.
Another Song Sparrow giving the eye to a junco before attempting to attack. I noticed some very interesting behaviour today and that is the Song Sparrows and American Tree Sparrows like to go after Dark-eyed Juncos who will retaliate in return. The White-throated Sparrows are rather passive and don't participate in this pecking so they get left alone in return. The only thing I can think of is defending of food sources, but little do they know there will be a steady source of food for them this winter in my yard so they really don't need to worry about that much. Interesting to watch though!
Another House Finch picture. Doesn't he look happy winter is here!
Had both the male and female Downy Woodpeckers in my yard today where one was always perched in an area tree.
While the other was at the suet feeder.
A picture of the various weeds I have in my yard that I allow to seed in late summer as an extra food source for the birds in winter and as you can see it is very much appreciated.
And then my favorite feeder bird as of late which is the American Tree Sparrow. I can actually hear their "tink, tink, tink, call from my kitchen window and soon enough one lands nearby for ID like the one above.
This one had a lot of spunk and will as it eyeballed the satellite feeder thinking of ways it could get on there for some sunflower hearts.
These types of feeders are made for smaller birds and sparrows have a hard time using them as you can see above.
That didn't stop this determined sparrow from trying though.
Success!! It brought its seed to the top of the feeding station for consumption.
A very cold American Goldfinch looks my way.
Some half way decent shots of a Tufted Titmouse for a change.
Actually got another so I just had to share!
One of the prettiest birds to see on a snowy day which is the male Northern Cardinal.
And a very miserable looking Blue Jay coming to my feeder for lunch.
Now off to do some shoveling and maybe light hiking nearby for photos and fresh air. Take care everyone!