Birds that remain in Pennsylvania for the winter include many year-round residents such as the red-bellied and downy woodpeckers, the northern cardinal, tufted titmouse, bluejay, chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, and Carolina wren. All these, and others, are frequent visitors to our bird feeders and heated water dish.
|Downy Woodpecker at the Suet Feeder|
Winter is a difficult time for Pennsylvania birds ...
"The natural food supply has been consumed or is hidden by snow. Most insects are dead or dormant. Water can be hard to find, and food needed to provide the energy to keep birds warm might be scarce. Finding shelter may not be easy. If there are limited natural evergreens or shelter, birds may seek manmade houses or habitats that can provide refuge from the winds, rains, ice or snow of winter." Wildbirds Unlimited Educational Resources.
|White-breasted Nuthatch at the Heated Water Dish|
|Chicadee and Carolina Wren|
|Cardinal and Black-eyed Junco|
|Bluebird waiting for a turn at the seed feeder|
Bluebirds are my favorite. Less preferred are the cheeky blue jays that steal food and bully the other birds.
Much as I love watching winter birds, I can't help thinking ahead to spring flowers. My favorite, the hellebore, will bloom first. The hellebore has to be my final pick for the 'Dozen for Diana' meme I followed each month of 2012.
This has been a fascinating meme; please visit Diana's wonderful blog, Elephants Eye, to learn all about it. In my next posting I will review the monthly picks for my virtual garden. Also, I will begin the planning process for my 2013 'actual' garden.
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