The snowfall has been beautiful. I have enjoyed watching my many birds visit my feeders during the morning hours. Lots of Purple Finches, American Goldfinches, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, Doves and a few sparrows. Russ and I shell corn off the cob for the doves. He loves to help, and really is like a sponge when it comes to learning about all the birds. We look at the bird books quite a bit.
This past January 2 I lost my only brother and sibling. He loved the birds also, and we purchased a lot of bluebird boxes together over the years. He helped when I started my bluebird trails and ordered houses from his wholesale source. He fed a lot of birds in his front yard. I actually filled his feeders the day he passed away, cleaning out his bag of sunflower seed. They were coming to the feeders.
If you are lucky enough to have Northern Cardinals come to your feeders, now is a perfect time. Their vibrant color make those drab winter days seems better. Their loud chip, chip can’t be missed when they are communicating. Cardinals are a common permanent resident in Missouri, and they don’t migrate far from their birthplace, except to establish new territory as they mature. Typically, they are found in woodlands, yards, and brushy areas where they eat in the ground on insects, seeds and fruits. Thickets and heavy shrubs are the best place for nesting. Cardinals are several state birds. This gives them quite a distinction. Almost royalty for sure.
Have any of you been fortunate enough to get to watch any Bald Eagles eating near your home or farm? I notice several near the road side, and took a drive near the river at Keokuk to catch a glimpse too.
By the time this article hits the papers, I will have a new granddaughter. I will be taking some time off from writing to get some other things accomplished but will return in March. By that time, it will be Bluebird time. Until next time, good birdwatching.