Before the New Year we had had quite a few regular birds arriving on a daily basis in Bird Alley, and then we had a mild period in our weather and we saw a decrease in the number of species visiting our feeders. The little Tree Sparrows have since returned. ; and yesterday during the afternoon I spied a White-breasted Nuthatch feeding in the Alley. My last sighting of a Nuthatch had been on December 27th, 2013, so Happy New Year little bird and welcome back!
Shown above is a White-breasted Nuthatch feeding at the peanut feeder with a Black-capped Chickadee
Please do return, White-breasted and encourage your little cousin, Red-breasted Nuthatch to do the same. The little Song Sparrow, which had been a previous regular is now showing up again quite often. The photo below of Song Sparrow was taken yesterday.
I have noticed the past couple of days a few Starlings are braving a visit to Bird Alley. Previously we have only seen them at a distance but now it is nice to see them close by so I am able to take a few photos of them.
And we haven't seen a Cardinal since December 6th., 2013 , so I am scanning Bird Alley daily for that flash of red which will tell me of their return. Soon I hope!