Well, the first week of 2013 has been cold, snowy, and icy. Just when we were getting used to it, the roads had been plowed and we could get around once again, Old Man Winter brought us several more inches of new snow overnight. It doesn't make for the best birding. Who wants to get out in the frigid cold when it's down to 1 degree Fahrenheit or snowing all day long? Not this little chickadee!
It's times like this that I am thankful for my yard birds that are attracted by my suet feeders. For this first week in my 2013 Big Year it has been the trusty Red-breasted Nuthatches, between 1 and 4 of them visiting the suet each day. Along with them is a female Downy Woodpecker. Those were the only birds I had seen until Sunday, when two new birdies came to the suet feeders. I was excited to see a couple of Black-capped Chickadees and a White-breasted Nuthatch in the yard.
An interesting fact about the White-breasted Nuthatch is that they are usually quiet during breeding season and in the summer. But certainly not in the winter and spring. They have a nasal sounding 'yank-yank' that is quite distinguishable of the nuthatches when you hear it. The Black-capped Chickadee have their own cute little song... 'Chick-a-dee-dee-dee', hence the name.
Sherrie's Lakefront Yard Birds
Sherrie's Big Year Birds