Winter Bird Feeding

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.

Pine siskin enjoying the sunflower seeds.

Pine siskin enjoying the sunflower seeds.

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:

Folgers Feeder

Folgers Feeder

Classy, I know!  The birds don’t seem to mind though.

 

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