I do my best to let our yard be natural, only doing what is required to keep us out of trouble with the city. This fall, I have had to do a lot of trimming of bushes and small trees along our fence that were getting close to the power lines. If I don’t trim it down, Westar will, and they will do it in the spring when birds have already nested and baby rabbits are hiding under the bushes. I try to be proactive, so they have few reasons to stomp around the yard. All of this means that the brush pile I have been adding to is much bigger this year. The white-throated sparrows seem to be loving it, and with two Cooper’s hawks, a merlin, and at least three free-roaming cats, it is much needed cover.
It’s always great to see all the visitors to the feeders at this time of year. Click on pictures to enlarge.
A great way to help birds this winter is to create a brush pile. It’s a good place to keep warm and hide from predators.
Nuthatches seem to do pretty much everything upside down.
Wintering sparrows are getting here in big numbers. The Wakarusa Wetlands have been very active over the last few weeks. I’ve been seeing song sparrows, white-throated sparrows, white-crowned sparrows, and more. I’m sure the juncos are right around the corner. Click on pictures to enlarge.
Another winter wonderland this morning. I rushed out to throw some seed out for the birds and check on the feeder. While I have to admit I am getting a bit tired of this, there is something magical about the snow coming down and how quiet our neighborhood is on a Sunday morning. I could hear a fox in the distance and a red-tailed hawk shouting out, but I didn’t see them. I did, however, see many of the regulars. Click on pictures to enlarge.
I took this little fellow to Operation Wildlife last Thursday. We were not sure what was going on with him as he had no visible injuries, but he was clearly in distress. I emailed Operation Wildlife over the weekend to see how he was and they said he did fine and was released back into the wild. They do such great work there! I highly encourage folks to make a donation.
The Christmas blizzard generated nonstop action at our feeders. I keep saying, “Let’s invite everyone in.” I think our felines might have something to say about that. Click on pictures to enlarge.
The tree trimmers have been slicing and dicing the neighborhood for a few weeks now. I understand it has to be done around the power lines, but this is so much more than pruning. I’ve been concerned about all those who live in the trees and/or depend on them. I spent some time out in the yard this weekend and was very happy to see most of the usual visitors accounted for. I’m glad this “trimming” isn’t going on during nesting time. I was happy to see our white-headed cardinal friend, though she was too fast this morning for a picture. I did manage to get a couple of pictures of her handsome partner. I also spotted a flicker, red-bellied woodpecker, white-throated sparrow, hungry titmice, and a very curious bunny. Click on pictures to enlarge.