December 30 – Birdy Yard

Overnight we got about 6 inches of snow, covering the feeders and the feed spread out on the flat feeders. Everything was beautiful.

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My first chore this morning, after I shoveled the driveway, was to clean off the feeders and add more feed. At first there were not many birds, probably because it was not very cold out, but by afternoon the birds were there. They were all the usual ones, Black-billed Magpies (eating everything especially suet mix), Steller’s Jays, Pine Grosbeaks (eating seeds with redpolls and scrounging in the snow on the porch for fallen seeds), Common Redpolls (eating seed everywhere there was seed), a Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers and overhead Mallards and Bohemian Waxwings (latter six species not photographed). The raven actually came down to our neighbor’s yard (they usually fly over), dug around in the snow and picked up what looked like a hunk of snow and flew off.

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307 species

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