The combination of a recent snowfall, coupled with a heavy application of black-oil sunflower seeds to the bird feeders, turned our backyard into quite the beehive…or…aviary of activity. The guests were well-behaved (for the most part) except for this gang of thugs. A murmuration of Starlings seem to spend as much time fighting among themselves as they do trying to run off other winged guests. A family of Northern Fox Squirrels lives in our backyard, as well, taking their toll on the seed supply. They duke it out with the more numerous, but much smaller, Gray Squirrels who call our place home. We were excited to see this Red Shafted Northern Flicker stop by. At least a foot tall, he hung out with us for several days, alternating between the bird feeders and probing the bark of our trees. A couple of other varieties of woodpeckers also made the scene. This Red-bellied Woodpecker
and this Downy Woodpecker stopped by to check out the menu. Other visitors included a sweet little White Breasted Nuthatch, a Tufted Titmouse, a young Cardinal couple, madly in love, and a Carolina Wren. But, so far, no sign of this monstrous fellow who stopped by last year. Do you invite feathered friends to stop by in the winter? Any particular favorites or ones that you long to see?