“Hark, he says”
“What light by yonder winder shines?” *
Ain’t that the sun?
Our friends and neighbors to the south will tell you that God must be a Tarheel because he made the sky Carolina Blue. I don’t know about that but seeing the clouds part after all the winter weather we’ve had sure is a welcome sight!
We got another 2-3 inches of snow this morning and that, along with those blue skies, has brought out a few of the feathered visitors we haven’t seen in a while such as this White Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis).
Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata) are a common sight around the feeders. From the way these 2 feasted on sunflower seeds you’d think they hadn’t eaten in months!
Black-Capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) are regular visitors, no matter what the weather.
However, when there are so many large birds crowding the feeders a little ingenuity is sometimes called for.
Being a little guy comes in handy when it comes to dining in peace. One of these days a chickadee is going to gorge himself to the point that he won’t be able to squeeze between the top of the window and the roof to get back out.
This is the first American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) we’ve seen this winter. I guess there has been plenty of wild thistle to feed on but it’s buried in the snow now so they’re feeding on our thistle socks.
This Red-Bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) is another visitor we haven’t seen in quite some time. We can always tell when he’s around because he is LOUD!
Also present was a bird of the 4 legged Fox Red Gooney Bird variety (Leapus allaroundus) doing his level best to work up a hearty appetite before returning to his usual perch on the sofa…..as if he needs to work up an appetite. That dog gets hungry dreaming!