A belated Happy New Year to everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.
Parts of January have been brutally cold but so far, it hasn’t lasted more than a couple of days … highly unusual as normally, most of January looks like this photo! It never ceases to amaze me how easily the birds seem to handle these conditions. You know it’s NOT easy though: I filled the platform feeder with black oil sunflower seed, peanut halves and peanuts in the shell at least 4 times that day.
A few late season birds have made appearances in my yard here in town and my in-laws’ yard at camp, an hour into the woods from here. A single female Red Winged Blackbird showed up on my platform feeder … she only stayed a few minutes and I have not seen her again.
Two Common Grackles have been in my yard all winter so far. It’s not uncommon to see them in December but they are normally gone by January. One of them now has a severe limp and is greatly favouring its right leg/foot. They visit my platform feeder daily.
I found this White Throated Sparrow under my mother-in-law’s feeder in Hillsport, ON … where my camp is located …. on New Year’s Day. Up until at least last week, it was still there.
I’m happy to report that Redpolls are finally visiting my feeders daily. They were in the area since at least late November but it wasn’t until nearly Christmas that I finally started seeing them in the yard. I’ve seen a number of Hoary Redpolls mixed in with the Commons …. always a treat! I’ve been trying to coax the Redpolls to use a new nyjer feeder I have out there from Perky Pet, the sponsor of this year’s Project FeederWatch webcam season in my yard. They are finally starting to notice it.
Pine and Evening Grosbeaks visit the feeders daily. Pine Grosbeaks are in the yard almost constantly, all day long. I see one male that has a variation in color: he’s more orange than red. I never get tired of listening to their lovely calls and whistles.
The Evening Grosbeaks don’t visit as regularly as the Pines do. I might see a flock of 10 or so Evenings a few times per day but they seem to move around the neighbourhood more than the Pine Grosbeaks do.
I’ve had a few other visitors to my yard and feeders.
If possible, I hope you are all enjoying winter and its many wonderful sightings. See you next month!