Winter Visitors

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I’ve been conspicuously absent lately. Lots going on with puppies and family. All is good and I’m anxious to get back to blogging.

If you’ve been following my blog, you may be able to tell that this has been an extremely odd winter in Michigan. Temperatures have been freakishly warm and there’s been very little snow. I seriously doubt that any of the “normal” winter activities (skiing, dog mushing, snowmobiling) have been or will be able to take place this year. That said, we did have a couple of inches of snow on Sunday, Jan. 29.

Snowy Sunday

In the winter, we occasionally have interesting birds come to visit with us. As hard as it is to envision, Michigan IS the southern migration area for some birds who make their summer homes in northern Canada and the Arctic. We almost always keep Black-capped Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, a couple of Carolina Wrens (who are at the very northern boundary of their normal area), all kinds of woodpeckers, Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Mourning Doves.

Northern Flicker @ Feeder

In the winter, however, we regularly get American Tree Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, Brown Creepers. That Sunday, I looked out the window and – much to my surprise – there was a Common Redpoll. It’s a very pretty little bird.

Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll (w/Cardinal & Goldfinches)

This is only the second year (of the 8 winters I’ve been here) that we’ve had a redpoll visit with us. I’m still looking for Pine Siskins, Red-breasted Nuthatches, or any variety of crossbill.

Redpoll (right), Cardinal & Goldfinch

If the weather continues relatively snow-free, it’s not very likely that we’ll see any more redpolls, but one can only hope and keep close watch.

Keeping Water Open

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