The birds around my deck have really been busy this week. I've been filling the feeders often to make sure they have enough to eat. I had a surprise visit from an Orange-crowned warbler. He only visits my area during migration, so it is a delightful surprise to have him at my suet feeders.
Other visitors this week included the Carolina Chickadee,
The Purple Finch,
Male and female Purple Finch
The Northern Cardinal,
My favorite shot of the week was the American Cardinal sticking his leg out to hop to another branch.
I'm happy to return to birding after an auto accident on December 17 which left me with no broken bones but lots bruising and pulled neck and shoulder muscles.
Lots of sweet birds have been visiting my feeders and I have been enjoying their visits.
The cardinals visit the feeders more in the winter when food isn't as available to them in their natural habits. They often feed on the ground below the feeders.
The Purple Finches are here now in my area of Western Kentucky and they are always hungry. Notice the distinctive white eyebrow on the female Purple Finch. The female House Finch doesn't have the white eyebrow.
The Goldfinches aren't brilliant yellow in the winter but pretty easy to identify by their bills, wingbars, and lack of streaking.
They are eating the black-oil sunflower seeds right now. In the spring and summer, they like the nyjer seeds. I think I'll fill one of the upside down feeders with nyjer seeds and see if any are interested.
The Tufted Titmouse is pretty quick when he visits the feeders. I love his big black eye. A Mockingbird stopped by for a few bites from one of the suet feeders.
The Northern Mockingbird (10") is a much larger bird than the Tufted Titmouse (6-7").
The White-Throated Sparrow returns to our area in Winter. The white throat patch and yellow spots between the eyes help to identify him.
Last year he didn't visit my feeders until March but I first saw him on January 4th this year.
BTW: My vehicle was totaled. I had the green light but the other driver came through her red light. Please wear your seatbelts, they do save lives - Judy.