Click on pictures to enlarge.
The year-round residents are getting into their winter groups and the winter residents like the juncos are here in abundance. Generally, at this time of year, I would be at the Wakarusa Wetlands four or more mornings a week. I know I am one of many deeply grieving this loss. I hope that those of us who are doing more feeding, putting up more cover, winter roosting boxes, and brush piles, can offset some of the habitat loss these birds are experiencing. Support the work the Haskell Students are doing here: https://www.facebook.com/wetlandspreservationorganization Click on pictures to enlarge.
We see red-bellied woodpeckers every day at our feeders. I get so used to seeing them, that I forget what a privilege that is and just how beautiful they are. Click on pictures to enlarge.
I saw a red-bellied woodpecker this morning showing his kids where all the good food is. First, they went to the feeder in front of our house, then to the one in the back. The last stop was at the tree where I leave corn and peanuts for the squirrels. The young ones blend in so well since they do not have any red on their heads yet. I almost didn’t see them. It’s great that they can so easily go unnoticed with so many threats around. Click on pictures to enlarge.
We finally got our big snow. I know–it’s relative. We didn’t get nearly what others have. I never did hear what we ended up with, but my guess is less than a foot. It’s mighty cold with the wind blowing! An arctic blast is on the way. I’ve filled all the feeders and made some tasty vegan suet for the Carolina wrens. My thoughts are with them over the next few very cold days. Click on pictures to enlarge.
The yard is buzzing with activity this morning. I think everyone is a little thrown by this storm. I filled the feeder yesterday afternoon and since taking these pictures it is nearly empty. I am happy that this latest round of snow probably won’t be around for long. I”m sure the birds are too. Click on pictures to enlarge.
It is so nice to see the sun again! Click on pictures to enlarge.
I can always count on a visit when I line up some seeds along the wood that frames the flowerbed. Click on pictures to enlarge.