Visiting BirdsPosted: January 17, 2018
The advantage of living in the South, is that we have plenty of winter visitors. Goldfinches have returned after not stopping by in about two years. I quickly went out to buy fresh Niger seeds as soon as they arrived.
The resident Cardinals don’t seem to mind sharing sunflower seed with the visitors.
A small flock of Sparrows have also been frequenting the garden.
Every year there seems to be a hummingbird in the yard and one finally showed up after Christmas. I believe this is a Rufous Hummingbird, but it really does not have much color. I have been trying to get a photo for days and I finally pulled a chair into the backyard and waited. It didn’t take too long to snap this one from a distance.
The day was sunny and the sky was Texas blue. When this photo is enlarged, leaf buds can be seen. Here in Texas spring is not far away and plants will be leafing out next month.
Unfortunately, the sunny day inspired this yellow Cloudless Sulphur butterfly to hatch out. I’m not sure it can take the cold nights to come.
This was written 3 days ago. See the update on the next post.