Boy, the feeders were busy today. The birds know that winter is licking at their heels and they are pounding down the sunflower seeds and suet as fast as I can offer it.
After this feeder hung out there for 2 weeks, a male downy finally found it and partook of the woodpecker mix: peanuts, raisins, figs, sunflower seeds.
And a most welcome visitor who I wait for all year until Fall…our first dark-eyed junco!
They are one of my favorites; 1. Because they are cold-weather birds, only here in late fall and winter and 2. They are so sweet looking and girly…pink beaks and feet.
The neighborhood bullies (the Blue Jays) cleaned up the peanuts I spilled in the mulch. Have you ever watched a jay stuff about a zillion peanuts in their throats to carry off and cache? Those big mouths aren’t just for jabbering!
Sad for the feeder birds, great for the raptors:
A pile of mourning dove feathers…Geoff and I were alerted to a cooper’s hawk flying over yesterday by its call, and I guess it got lucky…and perched in our crabapple tree, leisurely plucking a fresh, warm dove.
Yay! Raptor food!