Just Two Species Today
It seems the more mild our winter is getting, the fewer backyard birds I am seeing. Today, during a rather brief observation period, I saw only two species – both acceptable birds (unlike sparrows and starlings that I am sure are present, just not when I was watching).
Warm or not, the red-breasted nuthatches continue to visit me for peanuts, black-oil sunflower seeds, and suet. These little nuthatches are so tolerant of me that often I can walk up to the feeders without them flying away. It is a pleasure to see them consistently when other years it has only been “here and gone” interactions with red-breasted nuthatches.
Red-breasted Nuthatch at Feeder:
My other visitor was a Eurasian collared dove. I heard its non-stop hooting before I found it on a branch in our maple tree. Its partner bird was not seen, but I bet it was not far away. The doves are ground feeders that enjoy the corn and millet.
Today the dove stayed hidden in the small twig/branches off a main branch. The composition made for nothing more than a “proof shot” that the dove was present. I waited for it to move into a better spot, but that did not happen while I was watching.
Eurasian Collared Dove in Maple Tree: