Date: 1/10/19 11:55 am
From: Gerald Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: Flicker Mania n Christmas Trees
Lovely post, Bruni.  Readers should note -- collect those old Christmas trees and stash them in a protected corner of your yard where they can shelter our winged friends through the winter.
Jerry KruthPittsburgh

-----Original Message-----
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Sent: Thu, Jan 10, 2019 1:42 pm
Subject: Flicker Mania

Birds never fail to surprise me.  The stiff breeze and cold temps did
not prevent a flock of over a dozen Cedar Waxwings from feasting on
Bradford Pear fruit.   Seeing them was worth our usual mile walk this

The activity at home was amazing.  Flickers everywhere.  I counted eight
in close proximity just looking out the kitchen window.  The Hairy,
Downy and Red-bellied woodpeckers were here too.  And the pair of
Pileateds.    A few days ago a female Flicker was on the tube feeder
containing sunflower chips.  She looked awkward and a bit silly hanging
from the bottom perch. Today a female Pileated was on the same feeder. 
They've never done this before.  The same seed is on two trays that
would be much easier to access.  I managed to get photos of both of them.

Suet has been in high demand even before it turned cold.  Just picked up
three more cases yesterday.  The suet basket on the walnut trunk was
almost empty.  When I went up to remove it the little Brown Creeper just
stayed there.  If I'd reached out I could have touched him.  Such a
beautiful creature.  He not only looks for insects on the bark but feeds
from the suet basked as well as cleaning up crumbs at the base of the tree.

The other day a handsome Sharpie zipped over the patio but failed to get
anything.  Next thing he comes back and goes after a Song Sparrow hiding
in the quince bush.  He actually tried to go in but was too big.  I
purposely don't thin this shrub so that the little guys can find safety.

On my way home on Monday I saw a neighbor loading two Christmas trees
into his pickup.  The man was on his way to the dump so I asked him if
he'd bring them to my yard instead.  Saved him a trip and it was just
what I needed for the birds since my tree is still decorated.   Perfect
timing too since we are expecting snow this weekend so they will provide
extra shelter.

Bruni Haydl
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