There have been a wide variety birds on the feeder this month, particularly when it snowed earlier in December. DH has kept the feeder full of nice cracked sunflower seeds, and I made a suet cake for them too. The goldfinches on the upper left have put on their more drab winter garb. The one on the upper right is a Carolina wren, with a titmouse and then a bluebird below. We have chickadees and nuthatches too.
We seem to have a whole family of bluebirds, three of them sharing the lower feeder on this cold and snowy day.
We scattered seeds on top of the snow for our ground feeding feathered friends, like this towhee. There are several juncos that stop by regularly too.
A brilliant blue male bluebird was working on the suet.
Up on the veranda, the little fairy closed his door against the snow.
A small hairy woodpecker stopped by for a meal.
A family of blue jays stayed for a couple of days, searching the ground for food.
The Carolina wren is so funny, he will get a seed then fly to the veranda to eat it.
It was so cold and snowy on these days, the little birds needed the extra calories in the cake. I made sure the peanut butter didn’t have any xylitol before I used it in the suet cake. It has filtered lard, crunchy peanut butter, stone ground corn and cracked sunflower seeds. Next time I may add some oatmeal, as I read that it is a good source of vitamins and minerals.
It is always a treat to see the brilliant red male cardinal against the white snow.
It kept snowing and the birds kept coming. I saw a northern flicker, but didn’t get a picture of him. There is also a pileated woodpecker that is spending the winter here.
They worked on all three feeders at once, sharing the perches and trading places.
I am not sure what this little bird is, behind the female cardinal. It seems like it is a young juvenile, but not sure what kind.
Clarence is still popping by every few days for a handout. He gets a peanut butter half sandwich on whole grain bread, fed to him in tiny bites when it is really cold, and just whole grain bread alone when it is warmer. Sometimes I scatter some sunflower seeds out for him too. DH thinks I spoil him too much, but he is cold and hungry just like the others when it snows.
Are you feeding the birds through winter?