A cold morning at the feeders

The bitterly cold snap is still continuing – and the number of birds visiting our battery of assorted feeders is increasing so much so that today they were joined, briefly, by a Red-tailed Hawk (a garden list first) who came and sat in one of the trees to seek out a snack.

Because it gets so cold here, we provide a heated water bath for the birds – and squirrels – to drink from and it is much appreciated.  However, each evening the rim of the bath is filled for half an hour or so by up to a dozen Mourning Doves who settle in until dark (I guess the temperature is a a degree or two warmer than elsewhere).  Unfortunately they sit with their tails in the water and excrete happily as they gossip to each other, thus creating what we have come to know as ‘poop soup”.  Keeping the water clean is like painting the Forth bridge, a never ending chore.

Here are a few of the people that came today:

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin having just realised there's a camera about - "I'm outta here!"

Pine Siskin having just realised there's a camera about - "I'm outta here!"

House Finch

House Finch

American Goldfinch in winter plumage

American Goldfinch in winter plumage

American Robin and House Finch sharing a drink

American Robin and House Finch sharing a drink

European Starling realising that the heated drinking bath contains "poop soup" ... pffttooy

European Starling enjoying "poop soup" ... pffttooy

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