Monday, December 21, 2009

Socked in, with the birds

One thing about a major snow storm, it does force you to slow down the pace of life. Well, we got nearly 2 feet of the white stuff here at the Lovenest on Friday/Saturday, leaving us well socked in, and with plenty of extra time. We spent a lot of it watching the birds flock to our feeder, even as the snow continued to pour down.

Hairy Woodpecker

We had quite a variety of visitors, including:

_ Hairy Woodpecker
_ Downy Woodpecker
_ Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
_ Red-Bellied Woodpecker
_ American Goldfinch
_ House Finch
_ White-Breasted Nuthatch
_ Carolina Chickadee
_ Tufted Titmouse
_ Dark-eyed Junco
_ Pine Warbler
_ White-Throated Sparrow
_ Carolina Wren
_ Hermit Thrush
_ American Robin
_ Mourning Dove

Juncos, also known as "snowbirds," don't normally come to our feeder, but we had two or three of these handsome fellows and ladies scratching in the snow for seeds out on the deck.

Dark-Eyed Junco

New birds continued to arrive after the snow stopped on Sunday morning, including this Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker:

Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

A wonderful weekend was capped off with some non-avian bird action. I'm speaking of the Baltimore Ravens, of course. Warren and Mitch went up to Balmor' to see them trounce the Chicago Bears, 31-7!!!!


Chris Petrak said...

You have a nice list of feeder birds, and it confirms for me that some birds don't go any further south than they have to - YBSA, PIWA (not a feeder bird up here), HETH, robins - though we had a fair number of the feeder count. They only come to feeders if there is something other than seed , eg.g, last year they feed on fermenting apples, & often on the crabapples.

eileeninmd said...

The snowstorm was wild wasn't it? We had 20 inches here in Hereford(Prettyboy). Gresat shot of the Sapsucker. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting.