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February is a month of contrasts, in temperature and in color.
Northern Cardinals are getting brighter and singing more each day. It's time to get ready for Spring!
A winter storm brought us a mix of ice and snow. The Song Sparrow comes in on days like that, otherwise it's singing now in yards to the west.
Three different blackbirds foraged in the leaves and under the feeders. The second photo shows a new bird for the year. Can you name all three?
And the answer: Rusty Blackbird, Brown headed Cowbird (female) and Red-winged Blackbird.
The icy-dicey weather makes the birds a bit testy. The American Goldfinches would come in and literally hang on the icicles to access the feeder. Newcomers were not always welcome!
Cold dry air makes the birds thirsty. The female Red-bellied Woodpecker came for a good, long drink at the bubbler.
American Crows visited the bubbler for the first time this year on Friday, 2-3-23. They are a bit wary and don't come down often.
A Brown Creeper has been here all winter. It always makes my day to see it.
The Hairy Woodpecker thoroughly enjoyed a bath on Wednesday 2-8-23, as it was gently raining in the afternoon.
Northern Flickers do go after suet cakes, it's a fat that helps them make it through cold nights.
Our little rarity, the Chipping Sparrow was seen 8 days straight in January, then not again until 2-6-23. It's still around, sometimes under the feeders but it has been harder to find in the leaves where it has been foraging for insects.
Definitely not a native bird, the European Starling is smart and tenacious, as well as colorful. It is an opportunist, taking over feeders every chance it gets.
Our state bird, the Eastern Bluebird has become a mainstay here in our yard again this winter. The nest box will go up very soon, and we just may need a second one!
On Thursday, 2-9-23 it was windy, with southwest winds gusting up to 40 mph or more. Those conditions make all the birds jumpy and skittish. The bluebirds do come in as a flock and I caught them at this hanging feeder. I still don't know how many there were for sure! Some may be new arrivals, having come in on the winds as short distance migrants. As you can see, not all were able to figure out how to get to the mealworms!
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