Don’t get me wrong, I’m NOT complaining about our great weather! It’s really been a different winter–unseasonably warm and mild. Last fall I joined Project FeederWatch to count my backyard birds for Cornell Lab of Ornithology. I don’t have near the birds at my feeders that I usually do this time of year. I suppose with no snow they are able to find quite a bit of natural food without my help.
With the lack of snow, my hubby and I have enjoyed being able to walk outside, taking strolls through the trails of a nearby county park. I love listening for the birds and then trying to spot them.
On one trip we heard a brown creeper. It’s high-pitched, “seee” sound had us searching to spot it. And that we did; up very high on the side of a tree. They are very tiny and creep along the trunks of trees in search of insects, similar to that of a nuthatch. They are only in the central to southern parts of Minnesota in the winter and prefer dense, wooded areas. It was great to see since it would be unlikely to visit our yard.
During our hikes we saw plenty of evidence that the woods were inhabited by woodpeckers.
We saw several downys and a hairy woodpecker. I was really excited when I spotted my first pileated woodpecker! Wow—what an awesome bird. I have been waiting so long to spot one. They are much larger than our backyard varieties. So cool!
What changes have you noticed in your birds this year?