I love the activity at my feeder during the winter. I like watching the birds flit around, discovering where the wind has blown a sunflower seed or two. I don’t get a huge variety of birds, but I generally get a black-capped chickadee every day which makes me happy. With our gusty winds I don’t refill the feeders each day – I generally wait to see if will be a calmish day so I’m not wasting seed. Course, what starts as a calm day doesn’t always end that way!
Here’s a list of my feeder regulars: house sparrow, house finch, black-capped chickadee, dark-eyed junco and pine siskins.
I like these little birds. The flashes of yellow on their wings and tail provide some color to the gray landscape. And their call is immediately recognizable – a thin buzzing or as the Sibley Field Guide puts in “zhreeeeee.”
I had a beautiful bird feeder with a spring loaded top. All that swaying in the wind snapped the metal hinges. So this is it’s replacement:
Classy, I know! The birds don’t seem to mind though.