Lately, the activity has picked up at our feeder. For the most part we see a lot of finches--I think a variety of house finches, purple finches, and maybe a cassin's finch--all three are kind of similar in look. We also have been visited by gold finches, I was initially thrown off--it looked like a gold finch but wasn't nearly as yellow as the ones I had seen in the summer--but of course the birds would have duller shades in the winter!
We've also been visited by some agile red squirrels. Even though the feeder isn't specifally for them, they're still quite entertaining to watch. Today we had three--one on the feeder, two on the ground-- apparently the news has spread on the free food!
And I've been trying forever to get a picture of a white-breasted nuthatch that visits more sporadically. However, he's a quick little guy, in and out in moments. Today I managed to catch him mid-flight with a sunflower seed in beak!
None of these pictures are that great in quality--I'm snapping through a window, and then having to crop in a bit--but it is still fun to have a record of our wildlife visits. The feeder seems to be the busiest between 9-11 a.m, right when we are in the midst of schoolwork. The birds and squirrels are definitely an enjoyable interruption to our work! It has yet to lose its novelty. ;o)