I have a serious case of the winter blahs and I am counting down the days until spring. 34 Days! Only thing is...in Ohio that doesn't mean much. Not to be a pessimist but it could be double that. I'm holding out for an early spring because I think we DESERVE it after putting up with this cold winter!
Watching and feeding birds is one bright spot in the long winter months.
The birds were slow to come around earlier in the winter, but it's been a feeding frenzy since the extreme cold arrived.
Here are just a few of the birds that are daily visitors at the feeders.
Three Pileated Woodpeckers have been regular visitors this winter but I just can't get that third one in the picture.
The wing span of a Pileated!
Beat It......I was here first!
Blue Jays cannot resist peanuts. A lot of people don't like Blue Jays but I tolerate them because they warn other birds when a predator is in the area. They hog a lot of food though.
White Crowned Sparrow
Here is a Brown Creeper that usually shows up during the last half of winter.
The bluebirds are always my favorite. I never get tired of watching them as you can tell by the amount of pictures I take of them.
For a while I thought we weren't going to have any Cardinals this year but they finally showed up when the weather got extremely cold in January. Not as many as some years, but at least we got a few. They are such beautiful birds and their cheer, cheer, cheer, birdie, birdie, birdie, song are such a welcome sound in the spring.
These little birds are so much fun to watch. They just seem to bounce around all over the place, checking out all the feeders and investigating every nesting cavity.
They love to steal the dried mealworms I put out for the bluebirds, usually getting to them first. But that's okay, it seems the bluebirds would rather eat the suet.