I hope you are all in the holiday spirit. Seems like it has came around rather quickly. This weather has been beautiful, and hard to believe that it is the end of November. I have been working in the yard the last few days, getting my fall decorations down. I remember in September, I could not wait to get the fall stuff out, and now it is time to take it all down. The leaves have reached their peak, and the timbers are getting dull.
I have had my first “snow bird” or Junco here at my feeder. That is usually a good indication that winter is just around the corner. They are a member of the sparrow family. Can you imagine? Yet another bird a member of the sparrow family. I also have several American Goldfinch. Of course, amongst my house sparrows. I have not investigated enough to see if there is any other kind of sparrow out there, but I am feeding and watering them.
I have a Red-bellied woodpecker that keeps me company also. On Monday morning, I stepped out to see about the feeder, etc., and there were two Robins in my front yard. I told them they better find a thicket or head south. They were really bright and cheerful. Made me think of spring.
Another bird that I have at my feeder right now is the White-Breasted Nuthatch. They are so chipper. They are acrobats for sure. They typically move downward and headfirst. This gives them a special feeding niche, as it looks at cracks and crevices in the bark from a different perspective. It’s unique feeding style also makes it an amusing feeder visitor. They come take a sunflower seed, leave to the tree and eat it or hide it, and come back for more. They are a sharp and quick moving bird. Fun to watch.
I want to report that my reflective owls are not working as well as I would like. I have one particular flock of sparrows and they go from shop, to bush, to bush, and so forth. I have owls in the shop, and in the bushes, so far nothing. My sweet kitty that I adopted is very lovable, but not a hunter as of yet. Too well fed, I fear. I gave him a mouse the other day, and he had quite a game with it, but didn’t seem too hungry. He is a lovable guy, and loves to follow me around when I am outside working.
From the long range forecast, it looks like the weather is going to hold a bit longer. Enjoy December. Until next time, good bird watching.