It was bound to happen. We complained about how warm it was, how we didn’t have any snow and where were all the birds? Well, we should have known - wind chill today is about -20 degrees, about 6-7″ snow cover and the birds are all over the feeders!
We had been wondering where all of our American goldfinches had been and each morning and evening there are about 10-15 eating on virtually every feeder we have. In addition to bunches of black-capped chickadess, tufted titmice, nuthatches and dark-eyed juncos too many to count.
Our suet feeders also continue to be very active with our female red-bellied woodpecker showing up for a visual about every other day. I’m sure she’s there every day, we’re just not there to see it. With mating season quickly approaching, I’m hoping to see a male soon. It would be great to have a breeding pair to watch this upcoming spring!
And lastly, we finally got with our own program and now have a heater for our birdbath. Water is so important when it gets this cold and should be an essential element of any backyard habitat.
In any event, our little part of the world seems back to normal, with cold weather, snow on the ground, (5 ski days already in) and birds feeding at the feeder. I’m not sure the groundhog knew what he was talking about. Winter seems to be sticking around for awhile.