A Windy Winter Day in the Woods

There are days when I persuade myself to go out for a walk when I wonder what on earth I was thinking when I get out there. When the wind literally stings tears from your eyes, you begin to question just how essential this experience was. Still, the birds and animals don’t get a choice. They have to hunt for food regardless of the weather and in fact may need even more calories to keep warm. So I did see many of the usual winter suspects on my ramble through the woods.

More Songbirds on the Sumac

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I wrote an article recently about birds that eat Staghorn Sumac drupes. I saw more than seven American Robins on the Sumac today and several European Starlings.

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Seed-Eaters Enjoy the Feeders

Birds that can eat the sunflower seeds, millet and cracked corn provided on the feeders were busy loading up.

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Two American Tree Sparrows took turns at the tray.

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This male Cardinal never went far from his lady.

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She preferred the seeds on the logs to the ones on the tray feeder.

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A Mourning Dove gave me the baby-blue eye.

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A Junco loaded up on small seeds.

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This Blue Jay took about a dozen sunflower seeds away in one trip before moving off to keep an eye on me.

Predators Soar In the Icy Wind

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And over all the others was soaring a Red Tailed Hawk. It actually used the strong wind to stay still in mid-air for several seconds before continuing its long sweep out over the marsh.

I saw enough to make me willing to brave it all again another day. In the meantime, though, a cup of peppermint tea and a mohair blanket were my next welcome sights.

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