I noticed a few more visitors to the feeders today. Over the last few days, the birds have done more hunkering down against the cold winds, but today, they were out and about, enjoying the sunshine.
Red-bellied woodpeckers, the usual titmice, chickadees, juncos, sparrows, and cardinals – just more of them. Also noticed today that the goldfinches are starting to show a bit more color. It seems early for that, but then again, Spring is right around the corner.
Rob sent a couple more photos – this one of a black capped chickadee caught at the moment of take-off. I like the artistic look of it. If I had taken this photo, it would have just looked blurry.
He also sent this one of a cardinal, one of my favorite winter birds. I love the contrast between cardinal red and snow.
We also had a few other visitors this afternoon – a flock of five wild turkeys strolled through the yard. This evening, just before dusk, I was sitting here at the computer and could hear the warning huffing of deer outside the window. I guess they could see me through the window and were making sure it was safe. Eight of them passed by in the dimming light.
And just after the deer passed, the maybe-wild cat that’s been hanging around here most of the year was under the tree where the feeders are. It’s a long-haired tortie, responsible for a couple of dead birds throughout the winter. It only shows up here once every few weeks, so I’m thinking it’s probably someone’s house cat – or a feral cat with a wide range. In any case, tonight it looks cold, raggedy, and hungry, so I toss out the roasted chicken carcass that was heading for the dumpster tomorrow. Better it should help keep the cat fed and warm.