Tuesday, January 17, 2012
As Expected, the Birds Arrived Today with the Snow
Last week, I wrote about why we aren’t seeing too many birds at our feeders and around our yards. This was in response to the question that appears in news stories, in birding fora, and other places “Where are all the birds?”
Short version: There is plenty of wild food available, and mild temperatures and little snow has made it easy for birds to find what they need. Read the whole essay here:
This morning we woke up to about an inch and a half of snowfall. Beautiful! We made sure to stock the feeders well this morning, because, as we expected, the birds would show up today. And they did. For the first time this winter, we’ve a small flock of House Finches. The flock of Mourning Doves has increased from three or four to about a dozen. And the Cardinals, White-throated Sparrows and Juncos ― ground feeders that have been coming to the feeders only for a few minutes each morning and evening ― have been at the feeders all morning. Their usual food sources are covered with snow.
There’s a Northern Flicker hanging around, too; perhaps this beautiful but shy woodpecker will come to the suet. Three years ago we had a pair that visited daily.