|Nuthatch and finches|
Last week I saw a flock of juncos and a cardinal in the yard. So close, and yet so far. But it gave me an idea - I needed to lure them in towards the window feeders to get their attention. I threw a small handful of sunflower seeds in the yard, and then sprinkled a couple of handfuls on the deck and the railing. Within the day I got juncos, a few titmice, nuthatches and several blue jays milling about the deck. The day after that - finally! - birds on my feeders.
A downy woodpecker was the first to land on the suet feeder, but the nuthatches were the ones to hit it regularly. I was amazed that it took two days before the titmice were brave enough to land on a feeder. They always seem so brazen, but it appears that nuthatches are even more fearless. The house finches on the side feeder were a surprise. I hadn't seen or heard them before they just appeared.
We have yet to get the big bird feeder out in the yard - we're still figuring out how to mount it. Once we do, that should bring in the cardinals and any other birds that are too shy to come close. I hear the chickadees in the trees, but I have yet to see one in the window. I'm hoping they'll come in soon.
Yay! I had missed the activity. It's like having old friends back again.