I’ve been writing a manuscript at home for the past few days, plodding along at a relaxed pace, sometimes paying more attention to the birds at the feeder outside the window than to my laptop. Here are a few things that I found interesting:
The local Carolina Wren made an appearance at my sunflower seed tube, sat there for several minutes, and dined on a few seeds. I found this odd, since Wrens are said to be exclusively insectivores. The fact that it then moved over to the adjacent suet cage and had a morsel of that struck me as less strange, but still not a common sight.
I had a great view of a Red-bellied Woodpecker dining on the cone-shaped clusters of berries on my Staghorn Sumac.
The juvenile male Downy Woodpecker has been a joy to watch, as he learns to hang onto the suet cage. His clumsiness is obvious, and I had a wonderful time cheering him on as he struggled to get a few beakfuls of the suet.
A pair of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds chased each other around the birdfeeders a few times (in the blink of an eye, of course), and almost looked like they wanted a snack as well. I found that odd, as I don’t have a hummingbird feeder out, nor are there any red blossoms nearby (other than the staghorn sumac some 25yds away), but it was probably just a coincidence.
And I’m still surprised by the conspicuous absence of Nuthatches and House Finches at the birdfeeders.
…regardless, it makes for entertaining distraction – and at least I’m not falling asleep at 5am looking for Screech Owls lately, as fun as that was…