Date: 3/12/23 9:05 am
From: Bruni Haydl <bruni...>
Subject: Soup and Birds
Yesterday was cold and blustery, perfect for spending time in the
kitchen making a pot of soup and watching birds.  I've learned that
weather is not always a good indicator as to what the bird activity will
be.  Yesterday it was great.  Not just variety but having them hear all
day long.  The pair of Brown Creepers were picking up suet crumbs
dropped by the woodpeckers.  Up and down on the trunk of the walnut tree
all day long.  At one point they were chasing each other.  Both male and
female Hairy woodpeckers spent the day here. At one point one of them
came to the tray outside the kitchen window.  Talk about seeing them up
close.  They have been such a joy to watch this year.  The resident
Mockingbird is sometimes joined by a mate.  They have been so well
behaved this year, sharing instead of driving other birds away.

Having a Field Sparrow getting a drink of water from the water dish on
the patio was unexpected.  Just saw a Chipping Sparrow at the feeder. 
The regulars, including Song Sparrows and White-throated Sparrows are
here as well.  There is one White-throat that has noticeable bright
yellow lores and crisp black and white striped head.  Probably getting
ready for the mating season.

Having a small house with big windows definitely has its advantages. 
Yesterday, while sitting on the sofa, I saw a Pileated coming from the
far neighbor's backyard towards my house.  Sure enough, when I looked
out the patio door he was on the suet feeder. You can't miss those
colors zipping through the winter trees.  Both male and female were here
several times yesterday.

I've always had good luck with Flickers but don't know what accounts for
the high number of Cardinals this year.  Not complaining.

Bruni Haydl
Charles Town, WV
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