Winter Visitors Are BackPosted: January 12, 2016
Sugar bird is back! This is a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and I am sure it is the same Kinglet that has been visiting the garden every winter for a few years. The Kinglet hangs out in the bed outside the kitchen window and picks at the Camellias removing scale and over-wintering eggs from the shrubs. The bird then heads for the hummingbird feeder for a sweet treat. This is a different feeder from last year, but its tiny beak can fit right in.
The rest of the winter visitors have arrived and include, Sparrows, Goldfinches, Yellow Rumps and a Rufous Hummingbird. A Robin has been hanging out in the yard too, but won’t pose for a photo. The year-round birds have also been feasting from the feeders. Some are Titmice, Chickadees, Red Bellied Woodpeckers, Carolina Wrens, Hawks, Doves and Cardinals. (These are the birds found around the feeders. Many others are passing by or gathering in the trees.)
What a difference a year makes. Last year there was silence in the yard as most of the birds were missing. It was happening everywhere in the area. It was so shocking that people were writing to the papers. Theories were that hawks had taken all our beloved birds. But, there would need to be a lot of hawks to clean out such large area. Some thought the birds were poisoned. Well, that would have had to be a massive amount spread everywhere. The most likely explanation is that the drought had finally ended and the woods were full of natural food that had been in low supply the last few years and the birds were feeding elsewhere.
Now the garden is full of Cardinals again. There has been up to 10 feeding at a time and the males are busy chasing each other around the yard. All is well in the garden again!