A great benefit of living in Colorado is that we have many, many really nice days in the middle on winter which brings out more and more of the winter birds to the feeders. Take last week. It was 60+ and we had a great walk downtown. The following day it snowed and I was noticing the conclave of birds at the feeder was higher than normal. Capris pants, crocs and a winter jacket and I’m out on the deck to see just exactly who is out there. It’s hard to describe the sounds of all those different winter birds – but its like the sounds you expect to hear on a warm spring day. They were zooming to the bird feeder and back out taking refuge in the barren aspen and scrub oak trees. In and out and in and out. Man – those little guys are hard to catch!
A nice variety of sparrows, finches, house wrens, and stellar’s jays visit daily. Yesterday we saw a small woodpecker at the new feeder. I get as many pictures as I can even if they’re just through the kitchen windows, just for the purpose of identifying them. I plan to get back to you soon with better pictures and their names. If you live near birds, you know how skiddish they are even when a lens extends. Note to self: turn off the musical sound when the camera turns on!!
For those of us that love the garden and the birds of summer can feel a little sad when the prime season is over. I’m one of them! I make up for it where in I can with small delights of grabbing a walk whenever it’s about 50 degrees and a slow sashay at the kitchen window every time I pass by the window feeders. It is about the small things. It’s surprising how the sweet chirp of winter birds can lift the spirit and take the mental chill out of a day.