Field of Science

Saturday morning bird activity

Here's the activity report from the Phactor's kitchen table.  It's been a very cold week but today is a warm snap, up to 20 F, and the forecast is for more snow and then the temperature is to fall again.  Suffice it to say everyone is stoking up at the feeders, 2 with sunflower fruits, 1 filled with peanuts, and one with thistle fruits (hey, both sunflowers and thistles are achenes). OK let's see who's feeding. The usual crowd is here: cardinals, house finches, gold finches, juncos, white-throated sparrows, blue jays, red-bellied woodpecker, downy woodpecker, tufted titmouse, chickadees, Carolina wrens, nuthatches, morning doves.  Well, not bad for a 15 min bird round up. Oh, yes and 8 fox squirrels easting their corn and spilled bird food and wishing they could climb into the feeders. 
It has been quite a few years since this much snow has accumulated, and lots of low growing shrubs are just mounds of white. No evidence of the lily pond exists, and hopefully the bubble stone and compressor are keeping things aerobic until a melt finally comes. Quite a bit of bun-bun bark feeding is probably being hidden from view, but things are tough enough that at night bun-buns actually appear under the bird feeders looking for a bit of food, that is whatever bits are left by the birds and squirrels.

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