First Icy Weather

The only real winter weather so far happened earlier this month. We knew in advance it was coming so we’d been tossing out additional squirrel and critter feed and keeping the feeders full. The animals always know when weather is on the way, you can tell when you see them out feeding in force a day or two before it arrives.

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We still have virtually all the same birds coming around as this summer with the exception of the hummingbirds and goldfinches. We use mainly fruit and nut blends for the higher protein in our feeder seed and the songbirds and woodpeckers alike seem to like it.

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I’m not sure if the bluebirds I saw were the same birds whose nest was robbed earlier this year, but they continue to stick around.

2013-12-07 Ice 3

 

We continue to look out for the squirrels as well. We throw plenty of feed out on the ground for them but they still prefer to scurry up the bird feeder pole and snug tightly in under the roof of the feeder to snack on the seed there.

 

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The Littlest Things

It’s rare that our back yard birds frequent our porch railing just yet. Our house has invaded their habitat over the last year and so they are still warming up. The feeder is located just at the edge of our woods and is quite a ways from the house itself so it’s a treat to get to photograph any bird this close.

What fascinated me about this photo of this Eastern Bluebird was the tiny circle of feathers around the eye that I never noticed before (click on the photo to enlarge). We’ve see loads of bluebirds here, but it just goes to show there’s always something else to discover when you look at anything up close.