Meanwhile, on the front porch feeder tray and beyond, at the feeders and in the trees, we've been seeing the cardinals coming more often lately. They're such a beautiful, welcome sight, especially against a backdrop of snow.
This fellow appears to be having a friendly conversation with Mr. House Sparrow,
She usually eats at the hanging feeder, or below it on the ground. You can recognize her as a female, rather than a juvenile, because she has a red beak (she's wearing lipstick :), while the youngster has a dark bill.
I've seen as many as 6 Cardinals at a time recently, which is unusual. I don't remember seeing more than 4 feeding together previously.
More often than not, the House Sparrows are hogging the seed on the tray. This little Tree Sparrow (on the right) thought he should have the whole tray to himself on this particular occasion......
He was in no mood to share! Greedy little fellow :)
Thanks everyone for your very welcome comments on the squirrel post. We can enjoy him because he's the only one, and he doesn't eat much :) I sure hope he hasn't found my tulip bulbs! We rarely see squirrels because the barn cats keep them away, or eat them if they can catch one. Actually, we haven't seen our little guy for several days. With the occasional warmer days the cats have begun wandering down from the barn and he may have decided it was time to get out of town! I prefer to think that than the darker scenerio.
We'll stop feeding the birds on the porch tray soon, and let them eat at the hanging feeders, which are safely out of reach of the cats. Happily, there are only a few naughty cats that think they should supplement their diet with a juicy bird or two, so we don't have many casualties, for which I'm thankful. I've been known to yell at them like a wild woman if they show up on the porch!
With all this wildlife, I'm thinking we could start a petting zoo ;)