A new visitor

Yellow-rumped warbler   

We had a brief snow shower in the afternoon yesterday and I grabbed my camera to go out and see what was happening at the bird feeders.

We’re rearranging our bird feeding stations. We’re now inviting the European starlings to get the flock out. They are bugging the other birds and I haven’t seen our downy woodpeckers for about a week now.

After some research, we read that starlings and squirrels don’t like safflower seeds, so we bought a 20 lb bag of safflower seeds. We moved the feeders with the seed that the starlings picked through (only to find what they liked and drop the rest on the ground) to the other side of the acre and put safflower seeds near the barn. Oddly enough, the starlings really don’t like safflower seeds.

I’m hoping that our little downy woodpeckers will now come back.

The starlings are referred to as a bully bird and tend to run off the other birds. It’s too bad because they were quite entertaining to watch and noisy. I know they are at the feeders the minute I drive in the yard.

This little guy is a new visitor to the feeders. I must be easily delighted because I sure had a good time watching him.

He didn’t seem intimidated by me standing on the ladder either. The house finches hate it when I’m in their air space.

So here’s the vision you’d see if you could see me. Snowing, cold, perched on top of a ladder waiting for the birds to get somewhere in my sites.

I cherish my snow days.